The Florida Gators have made it to three straight Elite Eights and return a bunch of quality players for the 2013-14 college basketball season. Yet, they will still likely enter the year as the second best team in the SEC.
This is based off of ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, who has the Gators ranked No. 2 behind the Kentucky Wildcats in a power ranking of the conference.
I understand that Erik Murphy, Mike Rosario and Kenny Boynton will no longer be on the team–top three leading scorers–but Florida has a bunch of players that have proven their worth and can lead this team on another Elite Eight run. Not to mention, it will be getting two five-star recruits–hopefully Chris Walker is eligible–and three transfer players will also join the team.
With that said, Kentucky is the most talented team on paper. That on paper thing doesn’t always work out though, as we saw with last year’s Wildcats. This John Calipari coached team will likely be different, but still. These group of players have not proven anything other than them being very talented.
At the same time, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein will be back for their sophomore seasons.
At least Florida was ranked at No. 2 though. The Gators and Wildcats are hands down the two best teams in the conference.
Being No. 2 isn’t necessarily a bad thing and that is likely where the Gators will be ranked to tip off the season in the SEC. However, that was the case last year and Florida managed to win the regular season title.