2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 1 Florida vs. No. 4 UCLA

By Trevor Lowry
Florida basketball
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The Florida Gators are the overall No. 1 seed. No matter how good of basketball the UCLA Bruins are playing right now, the Gators are going to be the favorites going into this Sweet 16 matchup.

Florida got here by beating Albany and Pittsburgh. It definitely could be playing better right now, but it still finds itself in the Sweet 16 and will be trying to make the Elite Eight for the fourth year in a row.

The Bruins have beaten two mid-majors in Tulsa and Stephen F. Austin. The Gators are clearly not a mid-major and UCLA will be playing one of its toughest opponents of the season.

What to Watch For

Scottie Wilbekin scored 21 points against the Panthers last game. Performances like that show fans why he is one of the best point guards in college hoops.

Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson are an amazing duo. Adams had another good game by scoring 19 points in the round of 32 and Anderson managed to put up 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. These two are going to give Florida some fits. If not, the Gators balanced scoring attack will have no problem putting up more points than UCLA.

Speaking of points, the Bruins are averaging around 10 more points per game than the Gators. However, Florida has a great defense and can definitely put some big numbers on the board.


It’s really hard to go against the overall No. 1 seed in the dance. That is especially true when Billy Donovan is the head coach and has had so much success in the NCAA tourney. UCLA is talented and very underrated, but the Gators are too good.

Florida 75 UCLA 67

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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