It may come as a surprise to non-college basketball fans, but the number one team in the country is from the Sunshine State as head coach Billy Donovan has the Florida Gators poised again to “chase greatness.”
When the AP released this week’s college basketball Top 25 there was a new team at the top that hasn’t been there since 2007, the Florida Gators.
For almost 10 minutes, an obviously undermanned Florida Gators team had a pretty good handle on Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker. Dekker had two turnovers early and the Badgers looked out of sorts. Three-pointers by Dekker on consecutive possessions finally got the 20th-ranked Badgers going in their home opener, sparking a 22-10 run in the first half that helped hand No. 11 Florida a 59-53 loss Tuesday night.
The Florida Gators came within one victory of making it to the Final Four this year. Monday, the team found out it got a big piece back for next season that will make the squad a favorite to reach next year’s big dance.
The seventh-seeded Florida Gators will go from Cinderella-killer to underdog when they take the court Thursday night against the Marquette Golden Eagles in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.