By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on March 25, 2014
The Florida Gators weren't challenged all that much during the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, but they're about to get a stern test from the UCLA Bruins in the Sweet 16. The Gators have fallen just short of the Final Four the last three seasons, and UCLA is the biggest hurdle between them and this year's Final Four. To be left standing after this weekend, the Gators need these five players to show up and be at their best this weekend.
Yeguete isn't an offensive weapon for the Gators, but he's a lockdown defender who can make things difficult for the opposing team's leading scorer. He'll likely be responsible for guarding Jordan Adams during Florida's Sweet 16 game against UCLA, and the Gators need Yeguete to be able to slow down Adams, who's averaged 20 points per game during the first two games of the tournament.
Young has the potential to record a double-double every time he takes the court, and the Gators need him to be a physical presence inside the paint against UCLA. If Young is at the top of his game, the Bruins will have a tough time beating Florida.
Even a team as balanced as Florida can't survive without its leading scorer. Prather will need to match or exceed his 14 PPG average, and give the Gators all-around quality effort to ensure they get past UCLA in the Sweet 16.
Florida's Sweet 16 game against UCLA figures to be a close game from start to finish, and so the Gators will need their best outside shooter to get hot in order to get separation. Frazier can light it up from the outside and if he can knock down shots, the Gators will be tough to beat. If he struggles, UCLA is going to have a great shot at pulling off the upset, making Frazier vital to Florida's hopes in the Sweet 16.
Wilbekin was the Player of the Year in the SEC, and Florida won't win at this stage of the season if he doesn't play well. He plays great defense, he can knock down shots and as the point guard, he gets the rest of the team involved in the offense. The Gators rely on Wilbekin to do a lot, and he'll be a major catalyst if Florida is going to get past the Sweet 16 and ultimately move on to the Final Four.
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