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Florida can't guard and that's costing the Gators

Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:49 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 2:58 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

There's nothing wrong with losing at Ohio State.

Or Syracuse.

But now Florida has also lost at Rutgers.

And Tennessee.

So it's time to start asking questions because with half the regular season now in the past the 13th-ranked Gators are sitting here with zero wins over ranked opponents and two losses to unranked opponents, and they are 0-4 in true road games. Not a single part of that sentence is good. And neither is Florida's defense, which is among the most obvious problems.

Tennessee shot 51 percent against Florida in Saturday's 67-56 win at Thompson-Boling Arena and in the process highlighted one of the under-the-radar truths of this season -- that the Gators are awful defensively. They entered the weekend with a defense that allowed an average of 96.4 points per every 100 possessions, which ranked 103rd nationally and was worst among Top 25 teams by 18 spots. So while it was surprising that Tennessee beat the Gators just three days after losing by 18 at Memphis, it was not too shocking that the Vols scored at a nice rate against them.

Almost every decent team does.

And that's what must get fixed if Florida plans to challenge Kentucky in the SEC. Last season's Elite Eight team ranked 35th in defensive efficiency, and Billy Donovan's back-to-back championship teams ranked fifth and 12. Those are the kinds of numbers that allow you to win in March. What Florida's doing right now does not.

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Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:01 pm
 

Florida can't guard and that's costing the Gators

NIT! NIT!



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:19 pm
 

Florida can't guard and that's costing the Gators

This team plays with NO intensity. And I'm sick of the media praising Beal and never criticizing him. The guy does a lot of things well but he also does a lot of things not so well. He turns the ball over. And he's not the outside shooter he's been made out to be.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:18 pm
 

Florida can't guard and that's costing the Gators

Actually Knoxville is in the Eastern time zone, so it was an 11 local start.



Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:56 pm
 

Florida can't guard and that's costing the Gators

Florida's problem, in this game, was their inability to score points.  Shooting less than 30% in the 2nd half and getting a total of "one" point from the bench will not get it done, regardless of whom you are playing.  Florida looked lethargic for the entire game (What is with the 10:00 local time start, perhaps the NCAA should change its name to ESPN).  Florida's defense feeds off of its press, and when you arent scoring, that aspect of the game is negated.  Florida grabbed 14 OR, but managed only 7 second chance points. They were minus in the A/TO, and their ratio averages 1.5.  This team was far from crisp, and Tenn looked sharp.   It is well known Gators feed at night and not at 10:00 in the morning. Gator fans can only hope this was the case and doesnt signal a trend. 





Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:21 pm
 

Florida can't guard and that's costing the Gators

Couldn't agree more


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