Florida Gators' Blueprint to Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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Florida Gators' Blueprint to Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament
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Many of NCAA selection committee's decisions are sure to raise some eyebrows in the coming days.

The decision to make the Florida Gators the No. 1 seed in the South Region, however, isn't one of them.

The nation's top-ranked team is heading into the tournament as a heavy favorite and is picked to win it all by most knowledgeable experts and every casino on the Vegas strip. Vegas Insider, for example, has the Gators as an 11-2 favorite.

But in a historically unpredictable tournament, it's important to remember going in that advantages on paper don't always materialize on hardwood floors in front of packed arenas the way they're supposed to.

The Gators open against the winner of a first-round game between Albany and Mt. St. Mary's.

Here is how Florida can avoid being one of those teams.

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