Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 3/23/13
Who would have thought the Gators could beat Northwestern State by 32 and not be the most famous Florida-based team of the NCAA tournament? Of course, the new Cinderella darling is Florida Gulf Coach University, the fast-paced 15-seed that upset Georgetown in its first-ever tournament appearance. Things were a lot more predictable in Austin, where Billy Donovan's Florida squad won going away 79-47 but in pedestrian fashion. In doing so, the Gators shook off the cobwebs and erased the memory of their SEC tournament loss to Ole Miss. But this victory also demonstrated some good and bad traits that Donovan needs to face head-on, if the Gators hope to meet expectations and play in Atlanta in a couple of weeks (the Final Four). Here are three takeaways from Friday's game: 1. Two talented big men are always better than one When Patric Young and Erik Murphy are on the floor together, the Gators are as tough inside as any team in the tournament. Separately, theyre good, pulling rebounds, clogging the middle, and contributing offensively. When working together, they own the paint. The pair combined for 34 points and 16 rebounds. In the first half, the Gators had an 11-rebound advantage over the Demons, largely because of Donovan's decision to go big. 2. True leaders want that final shot Florida still doesn't have a go-to shooter. Even in a game it dominated, outside shooting looked tentative and uninspiring. Kenny Boynton scored 11 after spending most of the first half on the bench with a couple of fouls, and Scottie Wilbekin also scored 11. Mike Rosario chipped in eight points. None of the above names seemingly want the ball in crucial situations like Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss) or Rex Smith (Louisville). As such, no Gator expects to hit three straight three-pointers down the stretch to lead their team back from adversity; and none are begging to take the final shot that often separates winning from losing. Florida has plenty of offensive weapons, but the team isn't overrun with offensive leaders. That could be the Gators' downfall down the road. 3. You cant beat a more talented team by playing their game Northwestern State played the same half-court, inside-out game that Florida has endorsed all season. That works fine if you're more talented than a particular opponent. But if you're out-skilled, you need to play a different game, at a different tempo. Florida Gulf Coast did just that, lighting up Georgetown with a run-and-gun game that caught the Hoyas flat-footed. By the time Georgetown adjusted, FGCU had a double-digit lead and insurmountable momentum. The Gators, in turn, won because they had more talent and didn't have to adjust to a style different from their own. That will not be the case as the tournament progresses.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
The most unhealthy breakfasts from across the country
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Art Briles sues Baylor officials for libel, slander

Giants FB has home vandalized with swastika, Trump's name

Raiders G Kelechi Osemele out Thursday with illness

Red Sox send Brewers $100 as final piece of Tyler Thornburg deal

Troy Aikman almost came out of retirement to play for the Eagles

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Blues miss morning skate due to traffic in Brooklyn

Oregon president no fan of DC Brady Hoke

Carmelo blows off Jackson's ball hog remarks, looks 'annoyed'

Richard Sherman gives logical take on Cam Newton's benching

Sandoval's career fell 'into an abyss' after getting 'complacent'

Report: NFL believes Oakland ‘has no strong desire’ to keep the Raiders

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

MLB Winter Meetings report, Day 3: News, notes and rumors

Four stinkiest games remaining on the 2016 NFL schedule

Ten young NBA players developing into stars

TailGreater: Tips for bowl travelers

Ranking the single-player modes of the 2017 sports games

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 12/7: The date we got to know Bo

MLB Winter Meetings report, Day 2: News, notes and rumors

Ten most intriguing non-NY6 bowl games

Breaking down the NFL playoff picture heading into Week 14

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.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

MLB Winter Meetings report, Day 3: News, notes and rumors

TailGreater: Tips for bowl travelers

Ranking the single-player modes of the 2017 sports games

The five best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

The five must-have sports games of 2016

The five 2016 Heisman finalists: How do they measure up?

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL Christmas sweaters)

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker