AUSTIN, Texas The Gators need Mike Rosario if they are going to reach the Final Four and have a shot at a national championship.
But they need the good Rosario, not the bad Rosario that sometimes drifts into his own world and causes Florida coach Billy Donovan to wonder if he is dealing with an imposter in a No. 3 jersey.
"There's times where he can be a little carefree, can be a little bit loose,'' Donovan said following Florida's 78-64 win over Minnesota on Sunday night that earned the Gators a third consecutive trip to the Sweet 16. "I'm on him all the time. A lot. Because I want him to be the best he can be on and off the floor."
Florida's trip here to open the NCAA Tournament typified what Donovan is talking about.
In Friday's victory over Northwestern State, the bad Rosario showed up. Donovan was not pleased, benching the fifth-year senior guard for much of the second half after Rosario's lapse early in the second half allowed an offensive rebound.
Rosario played a season-low...