FOUR BITS: Billy D to St. John’s? Allen’s recovery.

1 » OGGOA was going back-and-forth with Tommy Dee of The Knicks Blog during the Florida Gators’ first round 2010 NCAA Tournament game about the potential future move of head coach Billy Donovan to the St. John’s Red Storm. Citing the fact that St. John’s is now willing to spend money on a coach, Dee thought it was possible that a move could happen. Throwing gasoline on that fire is Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News, who claims that Donovan is the “answer to St. John’s coaching needs.” From his time at Providence and with the New York Knicks to his continued ability to recruit out of the northeast, Weiss says the Red Storm should start and end their search with Donovan because “he is the perfect choice for this job.”

2 » On Oct. 16 and exactly one month later on Nov. 16, OGGOA reported that Gators redshirt sophomore forward Adam Allen’s career was likely over after a third surgery on his knee. Allen’s chronic knee, which was thought to be a bone bruise but turned out to be an MCL injury with a “loose” kneecap, appeared to be career-threatening. That is until he met with Dr. Lonnie Paulos at the Andrews Institute, who gave him some encouraging news, according to Gator Country. “[He] said he could probably do some stuff to it,” Allen said. “I had the surgery and after the surgery, he was pretty confident that I would be able to come back.” He hopes to get support from the NCAA to remain a sophomore since one injury has kept him out two seasons.

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Florida Gators vs. No. 14 Tennessee Volunteers

Location: Thompson-Boiling Arena – Knoxville, TN [Capacity: 21,000]
Time: 1:00 p.m. (EST)

TV: CBS/CBSHD
Online: CBSSports.com

Florida Gators No. 14 Tennessee Volunteers
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Bruce Pearl
Record: 15-5, 4-2 SEC Record: 15-4, 3-2 SEC
Division: SEC East Division: SEC East
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Odds: Tennessee -8, O/U 141

KEEP AN EYE ON…
-The dynamic backcourt of…sophomore point guard Erving Walker and freshman guard Kenny Boynton who are averaging 37.2 points (almost half of the team’s 75.3 total points) and 8.7 assists per game in SEC play this season.
- Speaking of Walker and Boynton…they have hit 39 of the Gators’ 45 treys in SEC play, and Walker is shooting 62.2 percent (23-of-37) from downtown in conference action.
- Junior forward Alex Tyus…who is dominating the front court, averaging 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds over the last 11 contests. He has hit double figures in 11 straight games and scored 15+ in six of those ten.
- Double-digit scoring by Vernon Macklin…Florida is 10-1 when the redshirt junior transfer center does so.
- Buzzer-beaters from Chandler Parsons…the junior forward has hit two game-winning three-pointers in January. He is also averaging 10.6 points and 6.5 boards per contest.
- Senior center Wayne Chism…who leads the Volunteers in rebounding (6.9) and blocks (1.4). He also accounts for a solid 11.8 points per game.
- Sophomore guard Scotty Hopson…who is tops on Tennessee in scoring with 13.8 points per game.

STREAKS:
- Tennessee leads the all-time series 68-48, winning 10 of the last 13 meetings.
- Last season, the Volunteers swept the series; they have won the last five meetings against the Gators (since 2007).
- Florida has not won in Knoxville since 2005, and head coach Billy Donovan is 12-14 against Tennessee.
- The Gators are on a four-game winning streak, their longest in SEC play since 2007.
- Allowing 95 and 89 points to its first to SEC opponents, the Gators have held teams to 62.8 points per game during their four-game winning streak. Florida is 10-1 this season when holding opponents to 60 points or less and 120-2 all-time under Donovan.
- The Gators are out-rebounding their opponents by 5.2 boards during their four-game winning streak.
- Tennessee defeated then-No. 1 Kansas earlier in the season and also has a quality win over rival Memphis.
- As a team, the Volunteers are forcing 19.1 turnovers per game, averaging 78.7 points per game and hitting 47.1 percent from the floor.

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Allen set for third surgery, career likely over

During the team’s media day back on Oct. 16, Florida Gators head basketball coach Billy Donovan spoke about the future of redshirt sophomore forward Adam Allen. Allen, who has already had two surgeries on a chronic left knee, told Donovan his kneecap was still giving him pain and discomfort even after he had surgery on it (now) seven months ago. Initial thoughts were that Allen would have to sit out the season while recovering, which affected Donovan emotionally. “I feel terrible for him because he has been trying to get himself back,” Donovan said last month.

“There’s a good chance I won’t be able to play basketball again,” Allen said at the time. “The cards are stacked against me.” Word from the Gainesville Sun is that Allen is now scheduled for a third surgery on his left knee and will go under the knife next week.

Allen realizes his career is likely over at this point, which is quite unfortunate especially considering he never had a chance to show what he can do on the court. “I don’t know if I will ever be able to play again at this level,” Allen said.

OGGOA wishes Allen a speedy recovery and all the best in his future endeavors.

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Is Adam Allen’s basketball career over?

The University of Florida men’s and women’s basketball teams held their respective media days Thursday at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. While men’s head coach Billy Donovan spoke plenty about his returning players, incoming freshmen and the team’s prospects for the 2009 season, one particular news story stood out above the rest – redshirt sophomore forward Adam Allen‘s basketball career may be over.

According to Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel, who attended the media day and was able to speak with both coach and player, Allen’s kneecap is still giving him pain and discomfort even after he had surgery on it six months ago. “There’s a good chance I won’t be able to play basketball again,” Allen said. “The cards are stacked against me.”

Allen’s struggle to get healthy seemed to affect Donovan emotionally when he spoke with the media. “I feel terrible for him because he has been trying to get himself back,” Donovan said. While both are frustrated over the situation, all Allen can do at this point is wait and see what his future holds. One option for Allen may be foregoing the entire 2009-10 season and making a go of it next year.

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