FSU or Gators: Which Florida Basketball Team Will Be the Best In 2022?
By Space Coast Daily // April 14, 2021
With college basketball done and dusted for another year all eyes are turning to the 2022 season where the Florida State Seminoles and University of Florida Gators will be looking to improve upon seasons that ended in the Sweet 16 and Round of 32 respectively.
Florida basketball fans had only two teams to support in this year’s March Madness tournament, No. 4 seed Florida State (18-7) and No. 7 seed University of Florida (15-10), significantly less than Virginia’s five and Texas’s seven.
The Seminoles, who were the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament, ended up losing to Georgia Tech in the Final but still went on to earn an at-large bid and No. 4 seed for the NCAA Tournament.
Florida State’s roster included three All-ACC players, M.J Walker, RaiQuan Gray and Scottie Barnes, with Branes also being named the ACC Freshman of the Year, the ACC Sixth Man of the Year and to the All-Freshman Team.
In the tournament, the Seminoles cruised to the Sweet 16, knocking off No. 13 seed UNC Greensboro 54 to 64 and No. 5 seed Colorado 71 to 53 only to be stopped by the No.1 seed Michigan Wolverines 76 to 58.
Next year, FSU will likely be without Redshirt Junior RaiQuan Gray who is graduating and entering the draft, and possibly star Freshman Scottie Barnes who has put his name up for consideration.
Dispute this FSU, will be looking to Houston transfer Caleb Mills as well as a fresh batch of high school recruits including five-star small forward Matthew Cleveland, four-star combo guard Jalen Warley and four-star center John Butler to improve on this year’s run.
Even though online betting is still illegal in Florida, interest in the Seminoles doesn’t just stay within the state, with sportsbooks in the US and a whole list of online betting sites in Australia already offering odds for next year’s tournament.
Florida State’s odds of winning the 2022 NCAA Championship are currently +2000 (21.00) at Australia’s best betting sites and +400 (5.00) to make the Final Four.
A few hundred miles South-East the Florida Gators will also be looking to improve on their short March Madness appearance after bowing out in the Second Round to No. 15 seed Oral Roberts in one of the tournament’s biggest upsets.
Florida was lead by star player Tre Mann, one of only four players in Gators history to put up four consecutive 20 point games. After leading UF with 16.0 points per game, as well as earning NABC All-District honours and All-SEC hours as Sophmore, Mann will be looking to take his talent to the NBA next season.
A total of 6 players will not be returning to Gainesville in 2022, but after securing Penn State guard Myreon Jones, Missouri-Kansas City guard Brandon McKissic and Boston College forward C.J. Felder the future is bright.
The same betting sites from down under are giving the Gators a +5000 (51.00) chance of winning the 2022 NCAA Tournament and a +1000 (11.00) chance of making it to the Final Four.
Other Florida schools given a chance in next year’s March Madness include the Miami Florida Hurricanes (10-17) and South Florida Bulls (9-13).
Both squads currently have betting odds in the order of +10000 (101.00) to win the championship and +2000 (21.00) to make the Final Four.
The Hurricanes have ten NCAA Tournament appearances, nine of which have come in the last twenty-five years. They are yet to get beyond the Sweet Sixteen, only making it to the 3rd Round three times, most recently in 2016.
The USF Bulls, on the other hand, have played in the NCAA Tournament just 3 times, making it as far as the Round of 32 just once, in 2012.
Although online betting in Florida is still illegal, bettors outside the state, or country, would make $100 betting on either the Bulls or Hurricanes to win and $20 for a Final Four appearance with a $1 bet.