The SEC is arguably the worst power conference in college basketball this year but it still has one of the best teams in college basketball. No, it’s not Kentucky like it has been the past few seasons, it’s the Florida Gators.
Florida is the No. 4 team in the country and, although they have not really been tested during conference play, they could make a strong case to be No. 1. They may not have the greatest resume out of the top few teams in the country but the way that they have dominated every single one of their conference games, including their most recent win over No. 23 Ole Miss on Saturday, is impressive.
From the way they have played all season it would be safe to say that the Gators will not lose a game the rest of this season. Florida has won their previous seven SEC games by an average of 28.3 points and they have beaten four opponents by 31 points or more. The closest game that the Gators have had was a 17 point win over Georgia, the same team that they beat by 33 points to open conference play.
Ole Miss was supposed to be their toughest test of the season but instead it was just another double digit win for Billy Donovan and the Gators. After getting out to a double digit lead over the Rebels with 10 minutes remaining in the first half Florida never let them get any closer than 12 points the rest of the way. The Gators knew that the SEC’s leading scorer, Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson, was going to get his points but limiting his wide open shots was their main priority.
Florida’s defense is perhaps underrated nationally being in the SEC but there’s no denying how dominant they have been up to this point in the season. They are second in the nation in scoring defense allowing a paltry 50.4 points per game, they’ve held 11 teams under 50 points and three teams under 40 points.
It seems like their only remaining test this season will be their two games against resurgent Kentucky but with the way that Florida is playing defense, and the way they’ve been scoring the ball consistently, it’s hard to see them losing at all the rest of the regular season.