Originally Posted by Mutaman
Marquette and Wisconsin? Totally destroyed both. I saw most Marquette games and that Florida team I saw in November was the best team they played all year except maybe for Louisville. Most Wisconsin fans I've talked to say the same thing. (Same Wisconsin team that beat Michigan twice). Something happened to Florida. .
Neither of those teams has any NBA players. Marquette was overrated IMO as well. They were essentially Florida with far worse shooters. They play swarming defense, but they're very offensively challenged. In the Big East, where most teams outside of Louisville struggle to score, that was fine. Also, Florida is about the worst matchup possible for Wisconsin. They can effectively handle teams that like to push the pace on offense by slowing them down. But Florida pushes the pace on defense, and Wisconsin doesn't have the athletes or ball handlers to deal with the pressure that Florida brings. I would also add that both Marquette and Wisconsin were far better at the end of the year than they were at the beginning.
Again, I'm not saying that I don't think Florida was good, but just that they had some serious deficiencies that had gone unnoticed because of their competition. The only other team they played with a similar level of athletes was Arizona, and they lost in a close game. Michigan was at a similar level athletically, but with more skill. I would have taken everybody on Michigan's starting 5 over their complement for Florida.