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 9, 2011 8:03 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 8:04 pm

2011 SEC Tournament Bracket + More

Lets begin with the full schedule for the tournament

Thursday - March 10th

Auburn/Georgia @ 1:00pm
South Carolina/Ole Miss @ 3:30pm
Tennessee/Arkansas @ 7:30pm
LSU/Vanderbilt @ 10:00pm

Friday - March 11th

Winner of Auburn/Georgia plays Alabama @ 1:00pm
Winner of South Carolina/Ole Miss plays Kentucky @3:30pm
Winner of Tennessee/Arkansas plays Florida @ 7:30pm
Winner of LSU/Vanderbilt plays Mississippi St. @ 10:00pm

Saturday - March 12th

Semifinal #1 @ 1:00pm on ABC
Semifinal #2 @ 3:30pm on ABC

Sunday - March 13th

Championship @ 1:00pm on ABC

Well all the SEC teams play each other tough so you can't really say one team has an easier path over another.  Florida had some easy games and some tough games against both Tennessee and Arkansas so I don't know when team I would rather play for our first game.  But either way if we get through that first match then I will say we will probably have to play Vanderbilit for our second game just because of how tough they are I don't see them stumbling in the first round.  Then look for Kentucky to run the table and setup the championship match with Florida.  That should be a sweet game as it usually is.

If we defeat Kentucky (or whoever is able to get past Kentucky to meet us) then I believe we might be able to get up into the low top 10 rankings (8-9) due to some upsets in other tournaments.  If that happens then we might be able to get a #2 seed which would be cool.

I am looking forward to Selection Sunday (this sunday).  I will then be able to tell if we have an easy path to the Final Four or a tough one.  Personally I would love to have the Ohio St. bracket just so we can get the chance to get revenge over the early season loss.  That is if they make it far without getting upset.

I feel that we need several things to happen if we are to progress far into the tournament.  We need to make our free throws because we won't have many blowouts.  The teams we are going to play are going to be tough and they will be close games.  We will also need to make our 3's.  If we can't hit our open shots then we will have a tough time advancing.  Next is we need to get Macklin involved early and often.  The teams we will be playing will have decent to good to great big men.  Macklin will need to put pressure on them and make shots along with getting rebounds.  I also believe that if Boynton gets hot and stays consistant we will have a great chance of getting far.  I know Parsons will bring his A game because he desperately wants to finish his senior year on top with two championships.

Overall I can't wait to watch Florida play and I hope they bring the passion that they have over the last part of the season.  Good luck Gators.  You can do it!


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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