Unselfishness Under Duress
When Florida plays Billy Ball and moves the ball around, its offense can be a thing of beauty that is admired by any basketball purist.
Wednesday night, we saw something different when Missouri turned up its defensive screws during the game's last 10 minutes and it was the same thing we've seen in other pressure situations. As the game grew closer and the clock counted down, we saw players revert to hero mode wanting to be the guy who hits the big shot.
Some of that is a good thing. You want guys to feel confident to take the pressure shots. What happened though was that Florida abandoned its selfless play and lost confidence in running their offense, in relying upon offensive execution and making the extra pass. They didn't trust that the extra pass would earn them more and better looks. It wasn't just Boynton. I saw a couple of quick looks even out of Wilbekin who is the team's poster child for unselfish play.
When it comes to late game swoons, there are a number of culprits. Failure to protect the ball...missed free throws...lack of a presence in the paint, etc
Part of it, however, is simply trusting in the things that you do best. Florida didn't do that the other night.
Bring on the Razorbacks!
“We could be a high-octane offensive team that scores a lot of points, but if we don’t defend and rebound it’s not going to make a difference,” Donovan said. “That is going to be something that is going to be a driving force for our team. They need to understand the importance of that.”