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Florida Basketball: 5 Early Predictions for 2014-15 Season

Florida Basketball: Early Predictions for 2014-15 Season

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The Florida Gators earned the overall No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament. They didn’t win it all, but a Final Four appearance wasn’t too bad. Regardless, the team will look much different in the upcoming season. With so much time left until the Gators actually tip off the new season, let’s take a look at five early predictions for 2014-15.

Florida Will Miss Out on the Elite Eight

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Florida Will Miss Out on the Elite Eight

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All good things must come to an end. Florida has the talent to be ranked in the top 10 all season long, but making a fifth straight Elite Eight appearance is not going to be in store for Billy Donovan’s team. After all, the team is losing four senior starters.

Chris Walker Will Challenge for the Naismith

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Chris Walker Will Challenge for the Naismith

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Chris Walker was arguably the most talented player on Florida this past season, but he still struggled to find minutes. That tends to happen when a senior is in front of you on the depth chart. Walker will get his chance to start in 2014, and he will definitely make the most of that opportunity.

Michael Frazier II Will Make the Most Threes in America

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Michael Frazier II Will Make the Most Threes in America

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There are many great three-point shooters out there, but Michael Frazier II will enter the season on the top of that list. He managed to drain 118 threes this past season while shooting 44.7 percent from deep. That is insane, but fans can expect an even better performance out of the Gators' sharpshooter.

Florida Will Finish in Second Place in the SEC

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Florida Will Finish in Second Place in the SEC

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The SEC isn’t the deepest conference in college hoops, but Florida and Kentucky keep it relevant on a yearly basis. Well, the Kentucky Wildcats are coming off of a national championship appearance, most of their players are coming back and they will welcome in one of the best recruiting classes in the nation.

As a result, the Gators will finish behind them in the SEC standings, but in no way should that be looked at as a bad thing.

Kasey Hill Will Have a Breakout Season

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Kasey Hill Will Have a Breakout Season

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Kasey Hill was a freshman this past season. A really good freshman. He did not have the type of season that Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker had, but not many players did. Florida star Scottie Wilbekin is no longer on the team, which means Hill will have the keys to the offense. The point guard will have a breakout season as a result.

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.