Florida Basketball Starts Slow, Finishes Strong In SEC Tournament Rout
While the SEC saw its bubble blues continue Friday afternoon, one team continues to stand alone as the conference’s true NCAA tournament threat.
The SEC has seen team by team fall by the wayside in recent weeks, virtually eliminating themselves from bubble contention, but hidden amidst the mediocrity of the conference lurks a true championship contender in the Florida Gators. With the win Friday, Florida extends its winning streak to 24 games and remains the favorites to capture the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Gators defeated the Missouri Tigers in the third round of the SEC tournament in a game that featured a tale of two halves. While Florida slept walked through the first half going into the break tied with the Tigers, the Gators hit on all cylinders in the second half leading to a 72-49 blowout victory. The Gators’ domination in the second half illustrated all the different ways the team can win which should strike fear into the hearts of those around the country. Scottie Wilbekin and Michael Frazier II both had 15 points in the win that saw the Gators make 12 three-point field goals and record 16 assists as a team.
While some people view Florida as just the class of a bad conference, the team has proven to be much more than that this season, as the Gators have posted a 7-2 record against the RPI top 50 and have not lost a game since Dec. 2.
The Gators will look to cap off an impressive season by winning the conference tournament on Sunday, as the team continues on its quest for their ultimate goal being the national championship.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.