A weekly scattershot look at UF basketball (Chris Harry)

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  1. gatorjjh

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    Hoops Hodgepodge 7 ~~A weekly scattershot look at UF basketball.
    By Chris Harry, Senior Writer UF
    1) Simply put (and Coach Mike White said as much afterward), this was UF's best all-around game of the season. On offense, the Gators (17-8, 8-4) shared the ball, ran actions, weren't slaves to the 3-point shot, and converted against a team that normally doesn't allow a lot of easy stuff. Defensively, they were connected, executed their plan in deep against power forward Chris Silva and out on the perimeter, and allowed a season-low field-goal percentage of 27.8. Florida rebounded, on both ends, at a level it had not approached this season. Every player gave White something in the stat sheet, but also something on the energy/effort front. That was a carryover from Wednesday's defeat of LSU, which was carryover from Monday's tell-all team meeting. Even better, they did it on the road. Senior point guard Chris Chiozza, after a couple games below the lofty standard he's set for himself, was the catalyst.

    2) When Kevarrius Hayes got an early foul while defending Silva, the Gators went to sophomore center Gorjok Gak, who did his job. Then they went to redshirt freshman Dontay Bassett, who was even better. Both seldom-used players delivered solid substitute minutes. In the backcourt, the Gators went early to both Mike Okauru and Deaundrae Ballard in an effort to buy Chiozza (with three straight games playing 35 minutes) a minute or so in each half. Okauru and Ballard delivered, as well. The six front-line rotation guys are going to have a longer leash when it comes to mistakes and such, but those four off the bench gave the coaches something to think about.

    3) Of Florida's 14 turnovers, five were shot-clock violations. Obviously, that's not good, but the Gators tweaked with the offensive game plan heading in against the Gamecocks in an effort to spread out the USC defense. UF tried doing more off-the-ball screening, which allowed the Gators to fall into some open looks (with the help of good ball movement), but also freed up Chiozza to take advantage of some creases in the defense and attack the rim.
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    read the rest of Chris' entertaining running off at the typewriter at: http://floridagators.com/news/2018/2/10/chris-harry-hoops-hodgepodge-7.aspx
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    Nice little read there. Thanks @gatorjjh
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    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude VIP Member

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    Chris knows his craft as a writer, he sees practice and I like his style of writing, not too serious and as much inside stuff as is appropriate.................. he also does well when he does radio with Steve Russell or Ack
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    Chris knows more than he can reveal, at times.
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    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude VIP Member

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    and he would not have gotten the job he has now if they didn't trust his judgement :)
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    Yes interesting.

    One point, apparently, Coach White has not yet learned that leaving starters in when you are losing is frequently not a good idea because when kids come off the bench and the team is behind, they usually come in far more focused and therefore more dangerous, and very often play as well if not better than the starters, while giving the starters a chance to observe what the opponents are doing to be effective against them, plus getting a much needed breather.

    Apparently now, unlike earlier in the season, the 4 relatively healthy younger kids (Basset, Gak, Ballard, Okauru), have learned fairly well how to play Mikey-ball, which hopefully will mean more minutes down the stretch.

    5 Shot-clock violations - That does not sound much like a dribble drive offense.

    Admittedly, holding South Carolina below 30% shooting is not as difficult as say holding Missouri below, but if the group is FINALLY getting the defensive mindset, that should mean vastly improved play, hopefully for the rest of the season.

    HOPEFULLY - Dr Jekyll will play most for the Gators, with Mr Hyde only showing up when the team is getting horribly mauled, like they will against Georgia.
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    I do not doubt that White wants to rest his front line players for the tourney and allow the freshmen to get better. I also think that White wants certain things out of them and their previous lack of minutes was more about their not getting it - and not wanting to reward deficient behavior - and needing remedial action.

    If Gator basketball fans are anything, we are wanting results NOW. I do agree that if we have capable backups, sitting the starters for whatever reason is a good thing. I just believe he has a team he can do this going forward and not in the recent past.

    I think he is correct in that winning THIS game is just as important as to winning games in the tourney. Anyone who is more interested in merely setting up for a run in the tourney and nothing else should become a Cal fan.