The Florida Gators have earned respect throughout the college basketball community with a 17-2 record heading into the homestretch of the regular season. They checked in at No. 3 in the most recent AP poll and are starting to be taken seriously as a national championship contender.
But there's still a lot of time between now and March, and it's likely that the basketball world falls in love with other teams throughout the country, putting Florida somewhere on the back burner. However, it'd be a mistake to ignore the Gators. They have everything you should look for in a championship-quality team, and it wouldn't be surprising if a third title made its way to Gainesville.
Forget February and the SEC championship—Florida should have its eyes set on the ultimate prize. With one of the top coaches in the country and a well-balanced team, the Gators certainly have what it takes to go down in the history books.