Florida Gators Basketball: Keys To Defeating Duke Blue Devils

The Florida Gators men’s basketball team will play a national powerhouse in the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday, December 6. How can Florida win?

As if the Florida Gators football team hadn’t been through enough, the men’s basketball team is about to play one of the best teams in the country. Just as Jim McElwain had to go up against LSU, Florida State, and Alabama in consecutive games, Mike White is facing a similar stretch.

Two games removed from facing the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs, the Gators will now play the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils at the Jimmy V Classic in New York City.

With what’s all but certain to be a massive crowd at Madison Square Garden, Florida will face its biggest test of the season. It enters the clash with Duke at 7-1, but the Blue Devils have an unfathomably deep and talented roster.

With potential NBA players spread across the floor, ESPN PickCenter has the Blue Devils as a seven-point favorite over the Gators.

Though the odds may be stacked against Florida—overwhelmingly high, might I add—anything is possible in college basketball. Upsets happen often enough to believe that White could lead his team to a win over Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils.

The question is: what exactly must Florida do in order to pull off an upset of the No. 5 team in the country?