5 Reasons Why Florida Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

5 Reasons Why Florida Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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The Florida Gators received the No. 1 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament and are considered by many to be the clear favorite. The Gators haven’t looked this good since the 2006-07 season where they won it all. Here are five reasons why the Gators can win the 2014 NCAA tournament.

5. Scottie Wilbekin

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5. Scottie Wilbekin

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Wilbekin is the best all-around player in college basketball. There isn’t a better on-the-ball defender with the ability to put the team on his back. He isn’t going to slow down in the Big Dance.

4. Schedule

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4. Schedule

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The Florida Gators had one of the most difficult schedules in all of college basketball. They played multiple games against teams that are considered legitimate 2014 NCAA national championship threats.

3. Outside Scoring

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3. Outside Scoring

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Michael Frazier II is almost automatic from 3-point range, and Casey Prather can explode at almost any time. As long as both of these players are scoring, Florida is invincible.

2. Defense

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2. Defense

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There may not be a better defensive team in all of college basketball. Florida can beat you down inside and put your 3-point shooters off just enough for them to miss. Defense wins championships.

1. Billy Donovan

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1. Billy Donovan

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To start the season, Donovan said that his Gators were “light-years away” from competing in the SEC or even being ranked. He’s turned that uncertainty into a 26-game winning streak and can keep it going.

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