The Make or Break series will tell us what we need to know about each SEC team by looking at the three most important non-conference games on each team’s schedule. Depending on the outcome, these three games could make OR break that team’s season because of the strengths it shows or weaknesses it could expose. This post features the Florida Gators.
It took a little while to get the offense started on last year’s Florida team: The carburetor was flooded by too much of point guard Erving Walker. Several games into the season, coach Billy Donovan had to pop off the hood and tinker. Soon senior Chandler Parsons provided ignition sparks as the “point forward” and forward Vernon Macklin provided power with offensive rebounding. With Walker and guard Kenny Boynton free to explode from the perimeter, the offense propelled Florida into an Elite Eight appearance. Now that both Parsons and Macklin have graduated, Florida will need to find a new combination of their experienced guards and fresh faces to provide the offensive push. A tough conference schedule awaits the Gators in the SEC East; a fast start in the non-conference schedule will help the Gators race to a nice NCAA Tournament seed.
Three key non-conference games that will make or break the Gators’ season: