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5 Takeaways from Florida Gators’ 2013-14 College Basketball Season

5 Takeaways from Florida's 2013-14 College Basketball Season

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The Florida Gators fell short of winning another National Championship under Billy Donovan by losing to UConn in the Final Four, but they did win an SEC Championship. Florida will be disappointed to have lost, but they still did all they could to make a run at a title. Here are five takeaways from the Gators' 2013-14 college basketball season.

5. Experience Beats Youth

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5. Experience Beats Youth

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The Gators defeated the Kentucky Wildcats three times this season. The Wildcats were ranked No. 1 in preseason, made it to the National Championship game and will have multiple freshmen selected in the 2014 NBA Draft. The seniors and juniors of Florida outmatched the youth of Kentucky every time.

4. Defense Is the Way to Go

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4. Defense Is the Way to Go

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Florida was definitely one of the top five defenses in college basketball this season. Although he had an off game in the National Championship, there may not be a better on the ball defender in all of college basketball at point guard than Scottie Wilbekin.

3. Florida Is One of the Best States to Recruit in the Country

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3. Florida Is One of the Best States to Recruit in the Country

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Five of Florida’s marquee players this season were from the state of Florida.

2. The Gators Will Continue to Be National Title Threat

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2. The Gators Will Continue to Be National Title Threat

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The Gators may be losing some of their main players from this season, but so many talented players are returning. Never count Florida out.

1. Billy Donovan Is An Elite College Basketball Coach

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1. Billy Donovan Is An Elite College Basketball Coach

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Billy Donovan doesn’t tend to be in the discussion with elite college basketball coaches like Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim, but he should be after this season. Donovan is now 24-4 in the NCAA Tournament since the back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007.