I look forward to these two basketball games against UK more than any others. Each year we get to measure the program against one of the very best in the nation and conference. This year's game is a contrast of youth and raw talent against experience and seasoned talent.
I think we have a great chance to win this home game on Saturday. Everyone else has generated a lot of offense on UK off of their high screens. We should too. Add in a dose of strong defense and it could be enough against the youngsters from Lexington. We're going to need a lot of players to step up and play well to get this victory.
To get the win for the Gators:
Lock down defense. We have yet to have a defensive lapse this season. If it's possible, let's wratchet it up one more notch for the Cats. Gators have the best defense in the SEC and we'll need it to get this win. This team can outwork and outlast the Cats.
Gator shots have to fall in the O Dome. Consistent points in the paint are key to staying in this scorefest and keeping the Cats out on the perimeter. Shooting 40% from the field may not be enough for Florida to get the win.
Rebounding for the Gators has to be better than 50/50 to keep the scoring on pace. Our bigs are going to be challenged to play clean and stay around until the final minutes.
Free throws are critical in this game. We can't leave too many points on the line if we want the win.
A little bit of shooter's luck never hurts the cause.
We've had games where different players stepped up for the best showing of the season. It's time for the team to step up and have one of those games like LSU, where everybody scores in double digits and contributes.