Found February 04, 2013 on
Run the Floor:
The Florida Gators are currently steam rolling the SEC. They're 8-0, and the closest anyone has played them is 14 points. They are winning by an average of 26.5 points. They don't have a single game left on their schedule where they aren't predicted by Pomeroy to be a double digit favorite.
They have the No. 2 offense in the nation and the best defense. In conference play they're No. 1 in both. Their 3-pt% is higher (39.1%) than their opponent's 2-pt% (38.8%).
In other words, they're pretty good. Which is the opposite of the SEC. The SEC is awful, and Pomeroy currently has it ranked behind every BCS conference plus the Mountain West. So while they might get tested between here and March, it's not exactly preparing them for the NCAA Tournament.
One statistic which is being glossed over due to their dominance is that they don't get to the line. They are 308th nationally (out of 347 Division I teams) and dead last in the conference. And the guy who takes the most free throws for UF (Patric Young) only makes 51%.
Going back to their two losses - at Arizona they were outscored 18-6 at the line and lost by one. Against K-State they were outscored 20-10 and lost by six.
The odds of being able to shoot their way through the NCAA Tournament is small. At some point they're going to have a game where the 3s don't fall. So if they do lose in the Tourney (or anytime between here and there) check the boxscore and look at free throws. It might be a moot point now, but it won't be once they face some real competition.
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