Florida could lay claim to being No. 1 if it knocks off Duke tonight in the PK80 Motion bracket final in Portland. Yes, it’s true. The Gators would own two of the most important wins this season by beating Gonzaga in double overtime and Duke in a championship game.
That’s a lot of ifs, but the Gators certainly looked the part of a possible top team in the win over the Bulldogs. They were relentless, answering every Gonzaga basket and surge. Virginia Tech transfer Jalen Hudson was sensational with 35 points and Chris Chiozza added 26 and Keyvaughn Allen 23. The Blue Devils beat Texas in OT without Grayson Allen (fouled out). The trio of Marvin Bagley III, Wendall Carter and Trevon Duval is as good a freshman threesome as… well maybe since 2015 when the Blue Devils won the national title.