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Florida Gators Game Preview

Posted on: November 23, 2008 10:28 am
Edited on: November 24, 2008 9:39 pm
 
#18 Florida Gators 3-0

Florida Starting Lineup:
G Walter Hodge Sr.
G/F Nick Calathes Soph.
F Dan Werner Jr.
F Alex Tyus Soph.
F Chandler Parsons Soph.

Key Bench Players:
G Erving Walker Fr.
F/C Kenny Kadji Fr.
G/F Ray Shipman Fr.
F Allan Chaney Fr.

Previous Game: Florida looked flat out bad in their last game v. Southern Utah. They won 64-50, but they went 0-15 from three in the first 39:37 seconds of the game. They finally made one with 23 seconds to go. Nick Calathes was their saving grace as he was the only player in double-digits finishing with 18 pts, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. If Florida was playing a team with any skill, they would have lost.

Game Preview: Florida will shoot the three, and shoot it a lot. In a game this season, v. Bradley, they shot the three 32 times, making 14 of them. But the next game, as I previously mentioned, they made 1-16 from 3, watch out for Dan Werner and Walter Hodge from behind the line. With their lack of inside presence I don't see how else they will get much offense going. Expect Onuaku to get doubled again. Last game he got double teams and Freshman Kris Joseph went off for a career day, he was always open. Don't expect to see the 2-3, ever since the 2nd half of the Richmond game Cuse has played a stout man defense. I expect Harris to be manned up on Calathes, who is the key to Florida's success, overall I think Cuse is just too physical for Florida.

My Prediction: Florida comes out and shoots the three fairly well. But Onuaku is too much down low, and Harris doesn't allow Calathes to really get going. Cuse wins 76-68.

Final Score: 89-83 Syracuse
Category: NCAAB
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mikesyr17
Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2008 2:45 pm
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mikesyr17
Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2008 2:42 pm
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Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2008 12:54 pm
 

Florida Gators Game Preview

c'mon mikesyr, where were you last year. your comments make no sense, we got pressed out of a 18 point or so half time lead against  umass last year, blew a big lead against pitt in the last few minutes of the game when they pressed. we are a team that can easily turn the ball over 20 times a game. our so- called other ball handler in devo is a TO waiting to happen. 

just b/c we beat three bad teams does not mean we solved our issues with the press.

i would deffinetly press syracuse considering we only have one point guard and  he will probably not sit a second in this game. it would be dumb for a team that presses not to press us.

where do you come up with these comments? 




Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2008 10:19 am
 

Florida Gators Game Preview

they will press b/c thats what they do. plus cuse has shown last year that they cannot handle the rock against trhe press.

and I am not sure that harris guards calathas, that would mean that devo would have to guard a 6'8'' forward, t5alk about a mismatch. b/c of florida's  height i see us playing a zone until they prove they can shoot over it with consistency.   



mikesyr17
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Posted on: November 23, 2008 9:36 pm
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Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2008 9:31 pm
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Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2008 3:36 pm
 

Florida Gators Game Preview

Press?  Jonny Flynn is a one man press breaker.  That would only lead to easy points for Cuse.  If Florida wants to win, I would consider playing a 2-3 zone, encouraging Rautins and Devo to jack up shots.  Rautins has been horrific from 3 this season, Devo has been serviceable, but they both have taken bad shots.  If they start hitting them, Florida is in serious trouble.



Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2008 11:56 am
 

Florida Gators Game Preview

The Gator "Bigs" of the championship years are non-existent, therefore, they will continue to live and die by the 3.  They will do more dieing than living, it seems.  The next two games are not against So. Utah, therefore 2 losses are entirely possible.  Dribble penetration and forced turnovers off the press will be key to any Gator success in this game.  Tyus, Werner, Calathes and Parsons need to fill rebounding voids.  With that many players having to crash the boards, it will leave the Gator defense vulnerable to the fast break.  Early free throw shooting problems are another concern.  They need to shoot over 70% and early on their % is just over 67%.   The Big East is, arguably, the best conference from top to bottom in the nation.  I see a final score of 83-68 Syracuse.  This game will be similar to the Ohio State game in December of last year.  The young and undersized Gators are, unfortunately, not strong enough to physically compete with the likes of Syracuse and other more physical opponents.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2008 11:37 am
 

Florida Gators Game Preview

Good preview.  I think you got the winner right, but I bet the score will be higher.  Cuse hasn't shown me a ton of improvement on D, and I would imagine that UF outside shootig will correct itself.  They won't have two consecutive 0-15s.  I say the Orange win 92-85.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2008 11:28 am
 

Florida Gators Game Preview

Stopping the 3 is really what it comes down to, but I don't think it's going to be that easy. The gators shot poor last game, but that's atypical of them and I don't see it happening again. If Cuse presses the shooters, the Gators are competent enough to get the ball in the paint, with either dribble penetration by Hodge/Calthes or good passing (which is a strong point for this team).

If Dan Werner keeps his mistakes to a minimum I see the Gators winning.



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