The Florida Gators will remain the No. 1 team in the country after winning over the upset-minded South Carolina Gamecocks, 72-46. South Carolina was coming off of an upset over the Kentucky Wildcats and played extremely well to start the game, only down by two at the half. However, Michael Frazier II couldn’t be held back, as he finished the night with 37 points.
The Gators will be happy to avoid the loss in a trap game against a young, talented team. Florida will be even more happy to see that the team can have success when Scottie Wilbekin, who only scored two points and was 0-of-6 from three-point land, isn’t on his game offensively. The Gators are constantly proving that they can win through adversity and that will help them moving forward.
Florida should finish out the season on Saturday with a win against Kentucky in Gainesville. They’ve already secured the No.1 overall seed for the SEC tournament, which means that they will get a double-bye and that even if they lose against the Wildcats, they should be in a good position to win the SEC tournament, retaining a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament.
However, what the Gators and Billy Donovan must be wary of is that for the past few seasons, the winner of the regular season title did not win the SEC tournament. This includes the year that Kentucky won the national championship. Florida has to stay focused, because the SEC doesn’t get a lot of credit, but there are three or four teams with the capability to beat Florida down the stretch.