By Scott Henry
Vicious rivalry brings out the best in college basketball players and coaches—and sometimes the fans.
But what happens when one side consistently dominates its opponent? Does the battle lose anything in excitement or intensity?
In the case of these seven throwdowns, not so much. Victory is frequently sweeter when you’re not used to the experience, and the fans on the struggling end of these matchups are always ready to party if their team gives them reason to do so.
These rivalries are dominated by one side, but nobody’s about to back down any time soon.
FLORIDA VS. FLORIDA STATE
Florida leads 43-22
Florida State showed some signs of life in the mid-2000s, winning four of five from 2005 to 2008. That includes two of three over the Joakim Noah-Al Horford-Corey Brewer nucleus that brought two national titles to Gainesville. Considering that the Seminoles only made one NCAA tournament in those seasons, those FSU victories qualify as substantial upsets.
Outside of that span, however, the Gators are firmly in control of this Sunshine State struggle. UF swept six straight from 1998 to 2004 and five more since 2009. The 11 wins in those two streaks came by an average of nearly 17 points per game.
The Noles seem to be at their best in this rivalry when they’re overlooked by the Gators. FSU has recorded seven 20-win seasons in coach Leonard Hamilton’s 12-year tenure, but only two of those strong years have included a victory over Florida.
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