On Sunday night, the Florida Gators continued their impressive 2012 NCAA Tournament run with an 84-50 win over the Norfolk State Spartans. It’s difficult calling two wins in a row a run, but the Gators have defeated their first two opponents by an average of 30 points. That’s a run, and it’s what we’re going with.
Before the 2011-12 season began, the Sweet 16 was thought to be an acceptable landing point for the Florida Gators. After an Elite Eight finish in 2010-11, we weren’t sure what we’d get out of the next season. The loss of big men and the lack of any new ones to take their spot made us all think that while the Gators were very talented, a step back might be expected. Now, don’t get me wrong, many of us Florida fans still thought this was a team that could do some damage come tourney time, but we weren’t sure it would go much further than the point they have currently reached. Then we actually got to this point in more than just prediction land.
Two wins in – one by 26 points and one by 34 – and we might have new expectations. Florida will face Marquette in the Sweet 16, but we now expect the Gators to win. Kenny Boynton found his stroke against Norfolk State, Bradley Beal continued to play well in his first and what might just be his only tourney, and overall Florida has looked good.
We have to wait until Thursday for the Golden Eagles, so for now we should just enjoy the latest win. The Gators have won again and it’s time to celebrate. The Sweet 16 awaits and everything beyond this point will come in time.