Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 11,548]
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST
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|FLORIDA GATORS||TEXAS A&M AGGIES|
|Head Coach: Billy Donovan||Head Coach: Billy Kennedy|
|Record: 14-15 (7-9 SEC)||Record: 20-8 (11-5 SEC)|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Southeastern|
Odds: Florida -4
SUPER WALK-ON WALKS OFF
The origin story for Florida super redshirt senior walk-on forward Jacob Kurtz is well-known by now.
Once a mild-mannered student at Florida who asked to watch practice inside the Gators’ facility, Kurtz was granted the opportunity to do so by Donovan and quickly became a constant presence around the team. Seeing Kurtz was extremely interested and undoubtedly persistent, Donovan let him begin contributing to the program as a glorified custodian who mopped the floors and took care of the laundry. “The Snake” then slithered his way into a role as an official team manager. Then one day, Florida was short on bodies for a practice, so Donovan asked if Kurtz wanted to run around with the team. That’s when everything changed.
“Then it was like, ‘Wow, this guy is not that bad. Would you like to play?’ ‘Oh yeah, I would love to play,’ [Kurtz replied]. Then he is in practice every day and all of a sudden he is playing and he was very, very cerebral and he was smart and pays attention,” Donovan recalled on Monday.
“I give him a lot of credit for perseverance, patience and resiliency and being really smart and always being ready. He took advantage of his opportunity and was prepared for his opportunity.”