There is no debate as to who is the prohibitive favorite heading into the 2014 NCAA tournament, at least that's what Yahoo Sports Brad Evans thinks. And no, it's not the team that likely has two top-five picks in the upcoming NBA draft.
Florida started the season ranked No. 10, but will likely enter the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed. Their only two losses during the regular season came against ranked teams (No. 20 Wisconsin and No. 12 Connecticut) by a combined seven points.
Since losing to UConn on Dec. 2, the Gators rattled off 23 straight wins to finish the regular season, which includes victories over Kansas, Memphis and Kentucky twice.
That makes Florida the favorite heading into the tournament.
[Related: Check out Brad's Bracket Big Board here]
As for 34-0 Wichita State, the first team to enter the tournament undefeated since UNLV in 1991, don't sleep on them. Yes, the Shockers' schedule was softer than a down pillow, but they have improved from last season in every facet of the game, and last year they went to the Final Four.
A Florida-Wichita State final would not be shocking.
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