How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
The Florida Gators started off the season on fire and they pretty much stayed that way until the middle of February. The Gators have been one of the most dominant teams in basketball all season long and they have just as good of a defense as an offense, which makes Florida a very scary team in the NCAA Tournament.
Florida has made the Elite Eight two years in a row and they are good enough to make that deep of a run for a third straight year. In fact, this Gators team is likely better than the last two Elite Eight teams, so factor that into the equation.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Kenny Boynton (12.5 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Patric Young (6.2 rpg)
Leading Passer: Scottie Wilbekin (5.1 apg)
Bad Losses: None
Good Wins: Wisconsin, Marquette, Missouri, Middle Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss
Florida has tremendous scorers on its team and any of those players can score in bunches. The Gators have three guys that score 12 points or more per game in Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario. All three of those players light it up from behind the arc, but those aren’t the only players on Florida that can do that.
You cannot forget about the big man in the post, who is just as good as anyone, in Patric Young.
The Gators completely dominated the competition for a good majority of the season and was even thought to be the No. 1 overall seed in the dance at one point. However, they slipped up at the end of the season. Even so, the Gators are by far one of the best teams in the entire tournament. They just have to learn how to win close games because we all know they are good when things are firing on all cylinders.
The Florida Gators are dancing!