Posted on: March 11, 2011 10:06 pm

Florida 85 - Tennessee 74 = Semifinals!

Well this was a game of ups and downs.  We came out firing on all cylinders then faded going into halftime but the second half we shot over 80% from the field and pulled away for good.  Tennessee played us hard they deserve credit for that but overall we were just the more powerful and skillful team.  I was very impressed with our free throw shooting down the stretch.  We actually made them when it counted and finished with (25-37) 67%.

We had all 5 starters in double figures with Boynton leading the way with 22 points and 4 assists.  Chandler Parsons was a beast as usual with 12 points 7 rebounds and 4 rebounds.  He did have 4 fouls but with the way the refs were calling fouls toward the end of the game, everyone was picking up multiple fouls.  Overall though it was a very solid game for the entire team.  We even had Patric Young pulling down 5 rebounds too. 

The main area where we could use some assistance is our steals and turnovers.  In this game we gave up 12 steals and we had 15 turnovers overall.  This is way too much to give up if we plan on continuing to win down the stretch against some more solid teams.  We also let Tennessee get the advantage in Offensive Rebounds.  They pulled down 12 to our measly 5.  Once again that will need to be fixed if we plan on progressing.  This will have to be a team fix not just Macklin.  Everyone needs to be more active on the missed shots.

Well next up is either Mississippi St. or Vanderbilt.  Personally I don't want to play Vanderbilt but in the same sense in order to increase our quality wins if we get another one over Vandy that will greatly impress the people picking Tournament seeds.  Because with the #11 and #9 team losing today, if we keep winning we have a great chance to move up in the polls and if we beat Vanderbilt (considering they win tonight) and then beat Kentucky (considering they beat Alabama) in the Championship that might boost us to the #2 seeding which would rock.  But that is still to be determined, there is no need to look to the future when we still have early games to play.

Time to rest up before tomorrow and see who we play.  Good luck and play hard Gators!  See you guys tomorrow.

Posted on: March 1, 2011 9:09 pm

Florida 78 - Alabama 51 - SEC Regular Season #1

SEC Regular season champs just has a sweet sweet ring to it.  It has been a little while since we have been on the top of anything.  We have made great strides in defense and overall play this year.  We developed solid chemistry between all the players.  We don't have anyone that does all the scoring but it pretty much gets dispersed between everyone which makes it more enjoyable to watch I think.  Now if we only can fix two main areas - Free Throws and Three Point Shooting - we will be golden going into the SEC and NCAA Tournaments.

Give the Gators credit, we have figured out a way to win close games despite this areas of weakness.  Now I think it will be much harder in the Tournaments to win by close margins without good Free Throw shooting because our opponents will be much tougher.  But I believe in our team and feel we can do what it takes to win.

We have solid leadership in Chandler Parsons that has gotten us over many hurdles this year.  He has been the spark that has pushed us when we have been down in games.  It's amazing when we have a bad shooting half and look just overall distracted and weak, Parsons figures out a way to pump up the team in the second half with not only his words but his actions.  He just dominates the basketball whether it be thru hitting key threes or getting offensive rebounds or finding the open Gator.  Whatever it is he does it.  And that is what a senior is supposed to do.  Lift your team when they need it the most.

Up next is Vanderbilt then the SEC Tournament.  I am afraid the Gators might look ahead to the Tournaments when playing Vandy but in the end I don't think it will stop us from winning.  Depending on how the teams ahead of us in the rankings do will determine where our seeding lies.  I think that if we go all the way and win the SEC Tournament that we can move into the 3 seed for the NCAA Tournament.

Alright time for some rest before we take on Vandy.  Even though I wasn't able to watch the game tonight, as I was chatting with everyone I still felt the excitement of the game and every shot that was taken.  Hopefully the Vandy game will be on tv so I can watch it but we will see.  Everyone have a great night.  Talk to you after the Vanderbilt game. 

Posted on: February 26, 2011 7:07 pm

Florida 68 - Kentucky 76 = Enough Said

Yea it was a hard loss to get but Kentucky is a very tough team to beat at their house.  We played extremely well in the first half but our lack of offensive rebounds and giving them plenty of second chance points lead to Kentucky pulling away in the second half.  In this game we actually did somewhat decent in the categories of free throws (76%) and converting three pointers (42%).  We just let them score with ease on the inside and giving them open three pointers down the stretch when it mattered most.

Oh well we need to shake it off and refocus on our last two games in order to finish strong.  Alabama and Vanderbilt won't be pushovers but I feel like we can take care of them and enter the SEC Tournament as the #1 seed.  Then the real fun begins.

Enough talking about this game since it was tough enough for those who watched it as it was.  I will talk to you guys later.  Have a great day!
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