2013 NCAA Tournament: Florida Gators Have Lost Three Consecutive Elite Eights

By Trevor Lowry

The No. 3 Florida Gators had a great season, but when it all comes down to it, they finished in the exact same place that they have the past three years.

Florida has made the Elite Eight three years in a row and it is starting to turn into a broken record. Billy Donovan is a great coach and it is very impressive that he has taken his Gators this far three years in a row, but when is he going to get over the hump again?

Next season, the expectations for this team will not skip a beat, however, there will no longer be Mike Rosario, Kenny Boynton or Erik Murphy. There is a good chance that Patric Young could also be gone if he decides to declare for the NBA draft.

No worries because there will be a couple of great incoming freshman and Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather, Will Yeguete and Michael Frazier II should all be back. Braxton Ogbueze will likely play a much bigger role for the Gators and he is just as talented as anyone on this team.

However, will Florida be good enough next year to make a fourth straight Elite Eight? Will the Gators finally get past the Elite Eight and into the Final Four? Those are all good questions, but this season hasn’t even ended yet, so they do not deserve answers quite yet.

Whether the case, this Florida team was arguably one of the best Florida teams not to win a national championship. This was a Florida team that was known to blow teams out of the water when it won. This was also a Florida team that could not win a close game. However, the only thing that will be remembered from this team as a whole is the fact that it made its third straight Elite Eight.


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