Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 1/30/13
They need a stronger test. Florida is ranked in the top five for the first time since 2007 when they won their second straight national title for good reason. They might be the best team in the country. Unfortunately, it's hard to tell. Even though the Gators extended their winning streak to nine games and their overall record to 17-2, the 75-36 shellacking of South Carolina was one of the least interesting games of the year. The Gators could have won this one on cruise control, not because they played flawlessly, far from it. Billy Donovan's normally disciplined squad had nine turnovers in the first half and still led by 23. No, the Gators dominated because the Gamecocks, like much of the SEC, aren't very good. How bad was it? South Carolina scored 10 points in the first half and it would have been eight had they not hit two free throws in the last minute. They didn't get much better in the second period. Forward Michael Carrera led all Gamecocks with 13 points and nine...
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