The Gators’ depleted roster desperately needs help and will get it with the return of point guard Scottie Wilbekin.
For almost 10 minutes, an obviously undermanned Florida Gators team had a pretty good handle on Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker. Dekker had two turnovers early and the Badgers looked out of sorts. Three-pointers by Dekker on consecutive possessions finally got the 20th-ranked Badgers going in their home opener, sparking a 22-10 run in the first half that helped hand No. 11 Florida a 59-53 loss Tuesday night.
The Florida Gators came within one victory of making it to the Final Four this year. Monday, the team found out it got a big piece back for next season that will make the squad a favorite to reach next year’s big dance.
Trey Burke was a 16-month-old toddler the last time Michigan was playing this late in the NCAA tournament.
That high-flying act from “Dunk City” busted most everybody’s NCAA tournament brackets and left an indelible mark on March. Bet you know what FGCU is now.
After watching Florida stumble down the stretch, Billy Donovan challenged his team to come out with more intensity in the SEC tournament. The conference’s top-seeded squad responded with its best performance in a month.
Eighth-ranked Florida was beaten at its own game by Kansas State. The Wildcats kept chasing down loose balls, kept taking away passing lanes on defense and generally made life miserable for Mike Rosario and the rest of the Gators.
Richard Pitino made his peace with the reality long ago. No matter what he does as a coach, he knows comparisons to his father will always be made.
Florida wants to finish its postponed season opener against Georgetown. Coach Billy Donovan said Tuesday night that the No. 7 Gators have reached out to the Hoyas about completing the game in nearby Jacksonville.
Florida head coach Billy Donovan returns seven of nine key contributors to his tenth-ranked Florida Gators team this season and they have one goal, a return trip to the Final Four.