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Florida (14-2, 4-0 SEC) has won sixth straight and has won its first four SEC games by an average margin of 26.8 points. Coach Billy Donovan won victory No. 400 Saturday at home in a rout of Missouri. Donovan improved to 400-160 in 17 seasons at UF and 435-180 overall.
Teams trying to defend Florida find the same problem that Missouri did — balanced scoring – which means it is hard to key on any one player. Erik Murphy led four Florida players in double figures with 15 points. Kenny Boynton added 14 points. Will Yeguete scored 13 points off the bench, and point guard Scottie Wilbekin had his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. That is just the offense. Defensively, the Gators are suffocating. They lead the lead the SEC in team defense allowing only 51 points per game. The Gators held Missouri’s best player Phil Pressey to two points and six assists. Florida scored 22 points off first-half tur...
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When last season came to an end, Florida head coach Billy Donovan sat down with Mike Rosario to decide the future. It wasn’t secure that Rosario would be back in Gainesville. After disappointing in 2011-12, Rosario had to become more dedicated to the program or find another place to play. Donovan left the decision up to his guard. Now the team’s second leading scorer, Rosario...
Florida head coach Billy Donovan has been around a lot of good perimeter defenders in his time at Florida. He’s not shy about putting junior guard Scottie Wilbekin among the best. Donovan has raved about Corey Brewer and Justin Hamilton playing defense in the past, but Wilbekin has turned into his new stopper. His on-ball defense has sparked one of the nation’s best defenses this year.
Florida head coach Will Muschamp didn’t waste time filling his coaching staff. The Gators officially announced the hiring of South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing on Tuesday. Lawing will coach the Florida defensive line and have the title of assistant head coach.
The Gators moved up in both polls after an impressive week that featured a 21-point win at Texas A&M and a 31-point win against No. 17 Missouri.
There is little denying the need for defensive linemen in the 2013 recruiting class for Florida. The Gators lose four this year that will test the NFL waters and more to come next year. The Gators love to rotate depth in the trenches and keep guys fresh, and adding linemen and keeping the one’s they have committed is important. This past weekend went a long way in easing the mind...
There are plenty of names that need to be replaced from the Florida defense in 2013. The Gators had four juniors leave school early and graduated three players that earned multiple starts. With a new defensive coordinator taking over that side of the ball in 2013, there will be new faces for the Gators on defense. However, there is still plenty of talent on that side of the ball.
It’s the challenge for elite teams every year. When they’re winning and having success, being able to maintain that level of play is what mature teams do. The Gators have an opportunity to prove that this week at Georgia and Mississippi State, who have won two combined conference games. It starts on Wednesday night in Athens. The No. 8 Gators believe they’re ready for the challenge.
They looked like what they are: the best team in the SEC.
When Florida demolished Georgia 64-47 at Stegeman Coliseum Wednesday night, the Gators put an emphatic exclamation point on a season that has seen only two losses and 15 wins. Billy Donovan's guys moved to 5-0 in the conference and looked almost unstoppable.
In a seven-day stretch, they swept Georgia for the year and...
Even with Florida’s 4-0 start to conference play this season, the Gators are still not at full strength. Nagging injuries have plagued the team since preseason practice began. Florida now heads back to the road for conference games this week at Georgia and Mississippi State without forward Casey Prather. Forward Erik Murphy is one of the other players that are playing through pain.