Biggest Challenges Florida Faces in NCAA Tourney Matchup vs. Dayton

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Biggest Challenges Florida Faces in NCAA Tourney Matchup vs. Dayton
Mark Humphrey

The Florida Gators (35-2) have an excellent chance to make it all the way to the Final Four, as the only thing standing in their way is the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers (26-10).

The Gators have reeled off 29 straight victories and combine skill, athleticism and toughness like no other team in the tournament.

Any team that engages the Gators quickly finds out that it has a meat grinder of an assignment in front of it. If that opponent is good enough to stick with Florida for the majority of the game—like Kentucky in the SEC Championship Game or UCLA in the Sweet 16—it discovers that the Gators know how to assert themselves when the game is on the line.

Dayton has shocked Ohio State, Syracuse and Stanford to get to this point, so it's clear the Flyers have plenty of the right stuff themselves. 

If they are going to challenge the Gators, look for the Flyers to use every bit of their depth to attempt to wear down Florida.

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