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|(2) FLORIDA GATORS||AUBURN TIGERS|
|Head Coach: Billy Donovan||Head Coach: Tony Barbee|
|Record: 23-2 (12-0 SEC)||Record: 12-11 (4-8 SEC)|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Southeastern|
|Roster | Schedule||Roster | Schedule|
Odds: Florida -17.5 | O/U: OFF
This is what it takes to get Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan off your back for a second: 44 points, eight assists, six rebounds and most importantly, zero turnovers, combined in a two-game road stretch in two of the toughest places to play in the Southeastern Conference.
Senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin achieved just that last week, and his reward was Donovan sticking purely with praise – rather than adding his customary remark about improvement – when asked about his rising floor general’s ball control during two huge wins against Tennessee and Kentucky.
“I trust him with the ball in his hands,” Donovan said on Monday. “I think as time goes on and we run things on offense, everyone gets more comfortable. Everyone starts to fit into roles. But that is a tribute to him taking care of the basketball and making good decisions.”
A special effort is required to get Donovan to praise a player without offering some form of suggestion for how he can improve. Yet Donovan chose to ignore that Wilbekin made some careless drives and took some rushed shots last Tuesday in Knoxville, TN, plays that are not technically turnovers but nevertheless resulted in wasted possessions.