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Florida’s Basketball Team Not Ready For Primetime Yet

This was supposed to be the year the Florida Gators finally became a basketball power again.  Instead, this year is starting to look a lot like the last few seasons in Gainesville.

The Gators were ranked #11 in the preseason coaches poll.  They were favored to win the SEC.  Things have not gone to according to plan.  Yet. 

After a season-opening win over UNC-Wilmington, Billy Donovan’s squad was throttled at home by 5th-ranked Ohio State 93-75 in mid-November.  Since then the Gators have had close calls in wins over Morehead State and Florida State.

Last night, things got worse.  Former Donovan assistant Donnie Jones and his UCF Golden Knights toppled the Gators 55-51 in Orlando.  (CORRECTION — I initially listed this as being played in Gainesville.  My mistake.  Rushed error.  Apologies.)

“There’s no question our offensive chemistry right now is not very good,” Donovan said after the game.  “We have guys right now that are way wrapped up with their offense and how many shots they are getting up.  We’re not very cohesive. … What I think they are doing is they are not playing together, they are not utilizing each other’s individual talents.  The disappointing part is these guys all have played together.”

While these kinds of losses hurt in the polls and in the RPI, it’s a long way to March.  There’s still plenty of time for Donovan’s team to start living up to expectations.  But so far… they have not.


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