Why the Florida Gators Can Beat the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in the Sweet 16

By Trevor Lowry
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The No. 3 Florida Gators will be the favorites going into the Sweet 16 matchup against the No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, but why can Florida beat the Eagles?

Other than the fact that Florida Gulf Coast is a No. 15 seed, the Gators have been here before. Florida has made it to two straight Elite Eights, while the 2013 NCAA Tournament is the first time that the Eagles have made the Big Dance.

Florida’s players did this last year and the year before, so they know how to get the job done. Plus, Kenny Boynton, Mike Rosario, Michael Frazier II and Erik Murphy are money from behind the arc. Heck, even point guard Scottie Wilbekin has made 37 threes this year.

Not to mention, Patric Young is a dominant presence in the post and he can certainly make a difference in this game.

Murphy is one of the hardest players to guard in college basketball, thanks to him being 6’10”. Murphy is very athletic and like I said before, he can knock down the three-ball.

As good as the Gators are on offense, though, they are just as good on defense. In two NCAA Tournament games, Florida is averaging 78.5 points per game and only giving up 55.5 points per game. May I remind you that No. 14 Northwestern State had the No. 1 offense in the country and Florida only held it to 47 points.

It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t mention Will Yeguete and Casey Prather, who both bring a lot of intensity to this team. Not to mention, they are both great on the defensive side of the ball.

Florida will be playing a very good team in Florida Gulf Coast, but the Gators are more talented, have more experience and they are just a better team in general.


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