GAINESVILLE, Fla. Early in the game as he sat on the bench waiting for his first chance to get on the floor, there was something evident to Casey Prather.
Prather said he turned to fellow reserve Will Yeguete and the two discussed how their teammates needed an energy boost.
And no, they were not talking about a Red Bull.
"We looked a little dead offensively and defensively,'' Prather said.
While Yeguete was clearly not 100 percent in his first game in nearly a month due to a knee injury, Gators coach Billy Donovan sensed Prather could make a difference in Saturday's SEC showdown with Alabama.
Donovan got a glimpse of what was to come on Prather's only bucket of the first half when the junior forward missed a shot from the left side of the basket, grabbed the offensive rebound on the other side of the hoop, and then went up over a pair of Alabama defenders to score.
Donovan had already seen enough to know the Gators could be in trouble.