On the final day of 2022, Florida men’s basketball sits at No. 62 on the NCAA NET rankings.
Sixty-eight teams will make the NCAA Tournament at the end of the year, and there’s a decent chance that Florida would make the Big Dance if the season ended today. Sure, the Gators don’t have a signature win like last year’s one-point victory over No. 2 Auburn at home, but there’s still plenty of time for Florida to earn that win and the Gators may have just played their best game of the season so far.
The calendar turning over can bring a fresh start for the program and no one on the team should be hanging their head just yet. Florida’s won every game that it’s supposed to; the Gators are 7-0 against Quadrant 3 and 4 opponents, and they appear to be improving against the Quadrant 1 and 2 teams of the world.
Todd Golden is slowly figuring out what works for this team, and he’s not doing a bad job on the recruiting trail either. A few key wins during the SEC schedule should help Florida lock in its spot for March Madness and break out of the 50-60 range in the NET rankings.
Perhaps that’s optimistic, but a three-point loss to Auburn has fans hopeful for a nice run to start off the new year.
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