The year they won their first title they were not ranked in the preseason polls and eventually cracked the top 25 and, of course, went on to win it all. This year they were not ranked in the preseason polls but have managed to spend a few weeks in the top 25. I don't think anyone would pick Florida, but wow, wouldn't it really suck for them to win three in a row! Anything can happen.
Ban Naked Sheep.
They may not even make the tourny, their RPI stinks and the SEC is pathetic...
If they win it all, I will run naked from Colorado Springs all the way to Gainesville and kiss billy D on the mouth.
Clearly, they were not the favorite to win the championship that year, but they were by no means a bubble team and were ranked in the top 10 for much of the season.
In that tournament, UF had to play an undersized, overachieving team that was a very poor matchup against the Gators (Villanova), a #12 seed that was scrappy but overmatched (George Mason), and a #2 seed that was undersized and couldn't score (UCLA). I'm not saying that UCLA or Villanova were bad teams - they were very good. I'm just saying that UF's size and depth exploited the weaknesses of those two teams. This year, there is a clear pecking order at the top, with 6-7 teams clearly ahead of the rest. It's very unlikely that this less talented UF team could have a similarly favorable path.
They have about as much chance as Colorado.
"Duke is a once in a lifetime opportunity and something you don't pass up on." -Amile Jefferson
Those teams had a little bit more talent to work with.