Sunday, March 20, 2011

Taking care of ball priorty for Gators

Florida will be making its seventh Sweet 16 appearance this Thursday when the Gators take on BYU in New Orleans.

The Gators, in their 16th tournament appearance, will bring a record of 31-13 to New Orleans. They are hoping to take care of the ball the way they did in defeating UCLA 73-65 in their Southeast Region victory Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Florida turned the ball over only eight times in the game (same as UCLA), which marked the eighth time this season the Gators had 10 or less turnovers in a game.

It helped because Florida struggled on the boards and committed 18 personal fouls, which was above the 14.4 fouls per game they averaged coming into the tournament.

They also shot 50 percent (27-54) from the field, going over that mark for the 10th time this season and second time in as many games in the tournament.

Gators head coach Billy Donovan is now 3-0 against UCLA’s storied program. He beat them and head coach Ben Howland in the 2006 championship game and 2007 Final Four semifinal.

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