Florida Gators Will Be Next No. 1, But When?
If the trend of the No. 1 ranked team falling after just a week in the top spot continues then the Florida Gators will get their chance next week.
However, the reason that the Indiana Hoosiers will fall will not be because the top spot is somehow jinxed. It is simply a matter of how the schedule shakes down for both teams.
The Gators have their toughest game of the week tonight, when they play the Arkansas Razorbacks on the road. Arkansas is the 22nd ranked scoring offense in the nation, averaging 77.0 points per game and is ranked 23rd in the nation averaging 16.0 assists per game. The Razorbacks rank above than the Gators in both categories.
The Gators are still the better team though and must make shots on offense and take care of the basketball to limit Arkansas from scoring easy transition baskets. If the Gators force the Razorbacks to play in the half court, the Gators will win their 11th straight game and stay undefeated in SEC play.
Later in the week, Florida plays the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who they pummeled on Jan. 26 by a score of 82-47.
Indiana, on the other hand, plays the up-and-down Illinois Fighting Illini and the No. 10 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. Both games are on the road and both Illinois and Ohio State have motives to win. For Illinios, a win against Indiana will almost assure them a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Illinois was hot early in the season but since, the Fighting Illini are only 2-7 in the Big 10 and 15-8 overall. The game against the Hoosiers is much needed for their tournament resume.
In regards to the Buckeyes, Ohio State already beat Michigan in Columbus. Oh, and now they have a chance to hold a share of the Big 10 regular season lead if they can beat Indiana.
If the Gators can handle their business in both games in which they are the favorite, the schedule will do the rest and Florida will be the new No. 1 team in the nation come next Monday.
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