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Reasons Florida Gators Will Win the Conference Title

Trevor LowryContributor IOctober 8, 2016

Reasons Florida Gators Will Win the Conference Title

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    The Florida Gators will once again have a very good team in the 2012-13 college basketball season. The Gators have made the Elite Eight the past two seasons, and they will once again have a good enough team to do the same this year. However, let's start with the SEC and why Florida will win the conference title.

    Yes, the SEC will be much tougher than it has been in previous years with Missouri and Texas A&M joining the conference, and the Kentucky Wildcats will be one of the best teams in the nation, but Florida has a real shot at taking the SEC title.

    Read on to find out the reasons why.

Guard Play

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    The losses of Bradley Beal and Erving Walker is definitely a hit to the Gator backcourt, but Florida does still has Kenny Boynton, who will be one of the best shooting guards in the nation.

    Last season, Boynton averaged 15.9 points per game, which led the team in scoring. You can bet that Boynton will go off in his senior year with Florida.

    The replacements for Beal and Walker will be Mike Rosario and Scottie Wilbekin. Not to mention, incoming freshman Braxton Ogbueze will get a lot of playing time as a guard for the Gators this year. All three of these players are capable of starting and will share the backcourt, along with Boynton, all season long.

Big Man in the Post

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    Patric Young will be one of the best centers in the SEC this year. Sure, Young's offense is still a work in process, but he will be one of the go-to guys for the Gators this year, which will result in more than 10.2 per game.

    Keep in mind that Young is a beast on the boards, averaging 6.4 rebounds per game last season.

    What makes Young so special to the team, though, is his defensive presence. Young is a very big body that the Gators rely on in the post on both sides of the court. Florida may be a three-point shooting team, but Young provides an easy two when the Gators are cold from outside of the arc. 

    However, unlike last season, Billy Donovan will have Young more involved on the offensive side of the ball. 

Depth

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    Not including the incoming freshman, the Gators have seven players from last year's team that are very capable of starting in the upcoming season.

    This includes Kenny Boynton, Patric Young, Erik Murphy, Mike Rosario, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete and Casey Prather. Out of all seven of these players, five of them are money from the three-point line.

    Although draining threes is not everything, the Gators certainly rely on their three-point shooting a lot.

    However, Young, Yeguete, Prather and Murphy are all threats in the inside. Young clearly is the main man in the post, but these other three players can certainly grab some boards and score inside of the three-point line. 

    Florida arguably has the most depth in the SEC, which is a big reason why they will win the conference title. However, this team will definitely have its hands full with a lot of the teams in the SEC this year.

     

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