Perhaps it’s just me, but if feels like the college basketball watching public at large is barely talking about Billy Donovan’s best Florida team since his back-to-back national championship squads from 2006 and ’07.
Yes, that includes Lost Lettermen. Of all the teams currently in the Top 10, perhaps No. 10 Oregon is the only one that we’ve spoken about less than Florida. Heck, even in the SEC we’ve had more to talk about with Kentucky (unexpected struggles after a championship season) and Ole Miss (the can’t-take-your-eyes-off-him insanity of Marshall Henderson).
Yet like their Gators’ namesake, fourth-ranked Florida is lying in wait. Let the other teams in the Top 25 and the SEC grab all the headlines now. Come March, however, you better believe that Billy Donovan and company will be a force to be reckoned with.
In the two years when the Gators were the unquestioned best team in college basketball, they won with a balanced offense — in any one game they could be paced by Taurean Green, Lee Humphrey, Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah or Al Horford — and a lockdown defense (for which Noah got most of the pub). Nearly six years after that second title, that winning formula has resurfaced.