Originally written on College Chalktalk  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Quietly, Florida coach Billy Donovan has had the Florida Gators on the brink of the Final Four once again in the last two years as they have suffered a pair of heartbreaking losses in the Elite Eight.  What makes these experiences so worthwhile is that Florida is a definition of team chemistry with several players who can hoop it up at several positions on the floor as Wisconsin saw in Florida’s 74-56 domination of the Badgers in Gainesville. (Courtesy Univ. of Florida Athletics) The post game fires were stoked in both locker rooms by the play of Florida’s 6-10 senior forward Erik Murphy.  He was a riddle unsolved for the Badgers as he went 10-of-10 from the floor with 24 points in 33 minutes. “We were getting good looks and we were making them,” said Murphy, who became only the sixth Gator in the history of the program to make all of his allotted shots from the floor in a single game, “That (scoring in the paint) was something I tried to work on in the off-season with the coaches.” Murphy is known for that deft touch from three-point range.  Wednesday night, he and Patric Young explored the boxes with impeccable success.  Wisconsin was in trouble from an athletic standpoint to start with and when Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario started to distribute, the Badgers were in serious trouble. “The thing I was most proud about with our guys tonight is, we turned it over too much and I probably kept Boynton on the floor too long and I probably kept Rosario on the floor too long, but those guys really fought through for not having the normal rotation out there,” noted Donovan, “They really did a good job.” Boynton and Rosario played 37 and 39 minutes respectively and joined Murphy in double figures.  Donovan had to adjust and tweak his rotation due to foul trouble, but the change in assignments mattered little as his players turned into chameleons and went with the flow of the game.  With a senior-laden team, it was a welcomed sight for a team that many think will knock Kentucky out of the top spot in the SEC because of that valuable experience. Donovan, a noted man-to-man coach went zone for most of the second half and his team continued to force turnovers and force Wisconsin into bad shots.  As valuable as the athleticism and versatility of the individuals on this Florida team is, the component of change in strategy and execution on the floor by the group showed even more.  Going forward, all of the facets that the Gators offer will puncture most opponents because it is impossible for most team to deal with the various dynamics of the team and the versatility of each individual player. “We weren’t focusing on coming into the game and playing zone, but we saw that they couldn’t hit outside shots very well and they couldn’t get going,” said Rosario, “Our game plan was to play man-to-man, but we switched it up to play zone and did a good job with that.” - Ken Cross Related Posts:Florida’s Murphy, Boynton reflect on memorable night aboard USS BataanChallengers lining up for Kentucky in SECSEC Notebook: The Murphy editionCoaching CarouselHigh Five: Games to watch as Big East kicks off
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Report: Alex Smith out Week 17 with lacerated spleen

Belichick: Garoppolo has better understanding of NFL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Lionel Hollins: 'Honored and blessed to coach Kevin Garnett'

Curt Schilling gives Johnny Manziel advice on Twitter

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

Andre Johnson willing to take pay cut with Texans?

Mets star David Wright reaches out to sons of slain NYPD officer

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

Frank Gore: Colin Kaepernick is 'not broke'

The story of Morgan Bulkeley and birth of National League

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things the world learned about the NBA on Christmas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Year's most notable sports media stories

'Roberto Gronkowski wishes fans Feliz Navidad

Are the Seahawks back on track?

Wright reaches out to slain officer's sons

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Dan Le Batard sums up Miami's relationship with LeBron

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.