Stifling defense, winning ways have Gators on rise

MARK LONG AP Sports Writer Published:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida center Pat Young knows something is coming.

It could be a speech. It could be a video session. It could be a grueling practice.

Following an eight-game winning streak, a dominant start in the Southeastern Conference and the program's highest ranking in nearly six years, Young figures coach Billy Donovan will do something to get his team's attention.

Young figures Donovan is "going to humble us."

The Gators moved up four spots to No. 4 and have been projected as a top seed in the NCAA tournament.

How the Gators (16-2, 6-0 SEC) handle their recent success and raised expectations could be key to avoiding the kind of letdowns that have plagued so many other top-five teams this season.