As reported below, Andrew Steele and Trevor Releford are back for tonight's must win game against the struggling jorts of Gainesville so I have more hope than I did 2 days ago. Still, we're short on size which could pose some issues.
Pregame notes and a preview from gatorzone. I did not realize we have lost 5 straight regular season games to the Gators
Florida is coming in shorthanded as well...Will Yeguete is doubtful for the game (last I read) after taking a nasty fall into the goal vs Tennessee. He's one of their leading rebounders. Mike Rosario has a hip pointer and at last check is out for tonight's game as well.
Obviously the Gators are coming in less shorthanded than we do... they can replace the points and boards... we're going to have a hard time doing the same with Green and Mitchell out so I suspect the guards are going to dictate the pace of this game.
The Gators bring a balanced attack into Coleman Coliseum... with 5 players averaging double digits led by Kenny Boynton. Him and Erik Murphy are shooting better than 40% from 3 so we'll really need our guard to step out and get a hand in their face. Erving Walker and Trevor Releford should be a great match up at the point... I'm curious to see what the pace of this game turns out to be. Bradley Beal and Patric Walker round out the double digit scorers. I worry about who's going to take Walker on the defensive side... Gueye is a step slow, Jacobs doesn't seem to fight for position good enough and Engstrom... well he tries hard and probably does the best with positioning, but outside of keeping his hands up he's overmatched against an interior player with a dropstep/spin.
- 78.8 PPG
- .394 3pt FG
- 10.3 3pt FG/game
- 65.9 PPG defensively
Prediction: Since I've been wrong on the last 2 I'm going to hope I'm wrong again... I just don't see how we can contain Walker inside AND keep Boynton and Murphy from making us pay from downtown. Yes, the Gators come in on a 2 game slide and yes we get some players back, but when you look at the talent it's advantage UF. If we were a good perimeter shooting team I'd discount the previous sentence, but that's not the case. Gators by 11.
Game time is 7PM EST (6PM CST) on ESPN.