Why Florida Basketball Will Beat Kentucky In The National Championship Game

Why Florida Will Beat Kentucky For The National Championship

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After incredible action out on the court, the Elite 8 is now set. While eight teams still have a chance to cut down the nets, there are some tell-tale signs looming that show why the Florida Gators will beat the Kentucky Wildcats for the National Championship. The tournament has been filled with great games and fantastic finishes, but the outcome may already be decided. No need to watch any further, here is why the Gators will be National Champs.

5. Florida's Past Opponents

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5. Florida's Past Opponents

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Florida's great season thus far has only seen them on the wrong side of the scoreboard twice. The two teams they lost to, the UConn Huskies and the Wisconsin Badgers, are both still dancing in their own right. Wouldn't it be fitting for those teams to also make it to the Final Four so that the Gators can get some revenge from previous defeats? The Gators will try to chomp through their enemies on their way to the title.

4. Kentucky's Chance At History

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4. Kentucky's Chance At History

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Before the tournament even started, there was much talk about the Midwest region being the toughest region. However, it is not Wichita State, Duke or Louisville trying to navigate on to Dallas. Instead, it is eight-seeded Kentucky trying to run the gauntlet. No team has ever beaten three plus Final Four teams from the previous tournament in a single tourney. Kentucky can make history by beating Michigan in the Elite 8.

3. Kentucky Is Playing Their Best At The Right Time

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3. Kentucky Is Playing Their Best At The Right Time

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For a team that was suppose to go undefeated and be the best team in history, the Wildcats had some rough patches during the season. However, during the SEC tourney things started to click for the fab freshmen. Since their one point loss in the SEC title game to Florida, Kentucky has been at their best taking down a 35-0 team and also the defending champs. They appear to be on a crash course with the Gators once again, who have had their number.

2. Delayed SEC Success

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2. Delayed SEC Success

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On the gridiron, the SEC has been the dominant conference. On the hardwood, not so much. Up until this season, the SEC had claimed the last seven BCS National Championships in football. That streak was snapped back in January, so it seems only fitting that two of the three SEC teams to even make the dance would meet for the title. It would continue the SEC dominance a few months later than expected.

1. Florida's Statistical Edge

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1. Florida's Statistical Edge

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No way one team can beat another four times in a season right? Perhaps the Cats would have an edge there. However, Florida would be riding a 31-game winning streak. No way a team can end two 30-plus game winning streaks in the span of two weeks. Ten of the last 11 champs have had blue in their school colors, which both teams can claim. But the No. 1 overall seed has won the last two titles. Thus, the Gators will be the team cutting down the nets.

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