This article is part of our NCAA Tournament Preview series.
SOUTH REGION PREVIEW
The college basketball world is Florida's oyster. After completely owning the SEC (undefeated in the regular season, winner of the conference tournament), the Gators "host" a regional that includes a number of higher seeds that enter the tournament on a downslide. Kansas, the two seed, is missing Joel Embiid and lost three of its last five games. Syracuse did not lose until Feb. 19, then proceeded to lose five of its last seven games. While Florida might seem like a shoe-in to the Final Four, there is danger lurking below some of the top seeds (which is generally where a Gator resides).
No. 1 Florida - Coach Billy Donovan has crafted the ultimate team of role players and savvy veterans. The problem is that, like Wichita State, the Gators may not have been very well tested by the stinky SEC (which only placed three teams in the Big Dance, including First Four participant Tennessee). The team did have some challenges in the non-conference (wins over Kansas and Memphis, losses to Wisconsin and Connecticut). Donovan employs the trap excellently, and the team will not be beaten on the boards with Dorian Finney-Smith and Patric Young in the frontcourt. Young, forward Casey Prather (team-leading 14.3 points) and Scottie Wilbekin have all played in 12 NCAA tournament games over their Gator careers.
No. 2 Kansas - Few collegiate athletes have entered the arena with more hype than freshman forward Andrew Wiggins. While he may not have fulfilled his