Posted February 11, 2013 on
Florida head coach Billy Donovan was hoping it would go this way. He removed point guard Scottie Wilbekin from the starting lineup on Saturday because he didn’t like where the junior’s head was. It served as an opportunity to refocus. Wilbekin has always been a player that takes the court with a chip on his shoulder. After a down performance at Arkansas, he didn’t have that chip anymore.
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Florida coach Billy Donovan says one of his team's biggest challenges Tuesday when the No. 7 Gators play host to No. 25 Kentucky is contending with the Wildcats' length and size in the frontcourt.
It only took 1:38 off the clock for the worst-case scenario to take place. Florida center Patric Young picked up an early foul, and a frontcourt without much depth was tested right away. When Young has picked up a quick foul in recent games, Florida coach Billy Donovan has shown a quick hook. On Tuesday, he was patient. That patience was rewarded with one of the best games of Young’s career.
The Gators clutched onto their undefeated run at home Tuesday night, furthering their record against the Wildcats in a gritty 69-52 win. Allison Banko and Cody Jones recap the conference game.
South Carolina has always produced a high quality of high school football players over the years and the Florida Gators are taking notice. The Gators have set their sights on a defensive end prospect from Orangeburg (SC) Orangeburg Wilkinson Senior High School.
The Gators went through their final extended scrimmage of the preseason on Sunday night. After practicing mostly during the day, Florida pushed it back to a night scrimmage so the team could get used to the lights. Five pitchers still competing for important roles in the starting rotation and the bullpen were on the mound Sunday.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Gators coach Billy Donovan wasn't sure what to expect on Saturday in Florida's first game without junior forward Will Yeguete, who underwent knee surgery Friday and is expected to be lost for the rest of the regular season.
The one thing Donovan knew for certain was that the Gators needed someone to step up and help fill the void left by Yeguete. Yeguete...
Florida head coach Billy Donovan said Thursday that Casey Prather still wasn’t comfortable after returning from a high ankle sprain. He was timid in practice and tentative with the ball instead of the aggressive player that was creating a role for himself before the injury. A conversation with athletic trainer Duke Werner before Saturday’s game against Mississippi State changed that.