Now that five-star recruit Chris Walker is finally allowed to take the court for the Florida Gators, they are more of a national title threat than ever. With that in mind, what do the Gators have to do to earn a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament?
Well, they could make it really easy on themselves and win the rest of their games. That probably won’t happen, though, although Florida does have the talent to do that.
Billy Donovan‘s team has to probably win the SEC regular season title and make the SEC tournament championship game. Florida may be ranked as high as No. 3 right now and has an overall record of 18-2, but the conference does not get as much respect as it should.
Therefore, the Gators will almost have to be flawless to earn a No. 1 seed. Not losing to the bottom teams in the SEC is very important, but Florida has a very good chance to earn a No. 1 seed no matter what. It has beaten Memphis and Kansas, along with a couple of talented SEC teams and it is arguably one of the most talented teams in the country.
I am not sure how much playing time Walker will receive, what his roll will be or if he will even have an impact whatsoever, but you would imagine he would make the team better. ESPN did rank him No. 12 in the class of 2013 and his 6-foot-10 height would be an added bonus to any frontcourt.
As it stands, the Gators have five players averaging 10 or more points per game, they have won 12 in a row and they are the team to beat in the SEC.
They certainly make a great case for a No. 1 seed, but they are going to have to have a strong finish regardless, which should be the case for any team trying to earn a top seed in the dance.