Florida Basketball: 5 Games You Must Watch In 2014-15

5 Florida Basketball Games You Must Watch In 2014

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The Florida Gators’ schedule for the 2014-15 college basketball season isn’t officially complete yet, but there are still some opponents that we all know they will face. So, let’s take a look at five games you must watch in the upcoming basketball season. Keep in mind that Billy Donovan’s team is coming off of a fourth straight Elite Eight trip (made Final Four this past year), so they will have plenty of hype entering the season.

Kansas Jayhawks

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Kansas Jayhawks

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Florida and Kansas will meet up in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge and this very well could be the best game, or at least the best matchup going into the challenge. I mean, two of the best programs are going head-to-head. Both teams will look much different, but both teams will be stacked once again.

Connecticut Huskies

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Connecticut Huskies

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Florida was arguably the best team in college hoops this past season, but it just couldn’t get by the Connecticut Huskies. Well, the Gators will have the chance to avenge their two losses against the defending national champs.

At Kentucky

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At Kentucky

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This one is a no-brainer and could be Florida’s most challenging game of the season. Kentucky is coming off of a national title appearance, will be retuning a bunch of talent and will welcome in one of the best recruiting classes. The Wildcats will be elite once again, but it will be interesting to see who the top dog in the SEC will be.

vs. Kentucky

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vs. Kentucky

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What a surprise. Once again, this contest will help decide who the best team in the SEC is. Florida is a very good home team and should be ranked in the top 10 all season long. However, John Calipari’s team could enter the season by being ranked No. 1. That seems to happen a lot now.

First SEC Game

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First SEC Game

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The SEC loses some talent, so it will be interesting to see how Florida will do against its first SEC opponent. Last year, the Gators dominated the SEC -- didn't lose a single game. The first SEC game should set the tone for them in conference play and depending on who that opponent is, we could learn a lot about the Gators early on.

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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