All that Florida coach Billy Donovan wants is for the Gators to play to their potential. According to Donovan, the Gators, who are the defending national champions, have not been doing that in their recent games. They have fallen behind teams early in the game, at times been behind with a huge margin and have struggled to defeat teams when they have had the lead. Besides this, the Gators have missed open shots and allowed opposing teams easy baskets.
In the current Gators’ team one cannot see the passion and zest that saw them win the NCAA tournament last season. There is no doubt that the Gators won the Southeastern Conference championship and also managed to break several records while winning but they ended up losing two of their last three games and this was the wake up call for the Gators. Florida lost very meekly to Vanderbilt and LSU.
Donovan feels that if the team has to win, they just have to play better. Though he did have reasons why Florida has not been faring so well recently. He attributes the losses to physical and mental tiredness coupled with the fact that the team could not win the league title recently.
In a recent Associated Press college basketball poll, the Gators have slipped to No. 5 spot from No. 3 and if they do not start winning more games and performing to their potential, they might not be seeded No. 1 in the NCAA tournament.
Florida is all set to play Tennessee and if they want to avoid a two game losing streak they would have to win the game and give the Volunteers their first home game loss.
Players like forward Chris Richard is hoping that Florida can pick up where they left last year and turn the season around.
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