Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rested Dolphins Take on Busy Gators; Florida to Play Fourth Game in 10 Days; JU Last Played Dec. 6

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rested Dolphins Take on Busy Gators; Florida to Play Fourth Game in 10 Days; JU Last Played Dec. 6

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Byline: Jeff Elliott

No team can appreciate more what the Florida basketball team is going through with four games in a 10-day span than the Jacksonville Dolphins.

JU might call it a vacation. The Dolphins (2-8) opened the season with 10 games in the first 22 days. But when the two schools meet on Sunday (4 p.m.) at the O'Connell Center, it will be a well-rested JU squad going against a Florida team (5-4) that has not had more than three consecutive days of rest since Thanksgiving weekend.

"It was good to get away for a couple days, come back and do some individual work and get away from normal routine where we could just worry about ourselves and not about a scouting report or our next opponent," JU first-year coach Tony Jasick said. "Hopefully it will pay off for us in the next couple of weeks."

Jasick would love to start reaping the benefits of his team's rugged start as early as today. He's aware of some of the major upsets that have already taken place in college basketball, including one by JU's crosstown rival, North Florida, which stunned Purdue a week ago. Then there's Michigan's loss to NJIT, Nebraska falling to Incarnate Word, Indiana getting thumped by Eastern Washington and Yale's one-point win over Connecticut.

But for Jacksonville (5-30 all-time versus Florida, including one win in the last 12 meetings) to end Florida's modest two-game winning streak, the Dolphins will have to overcome tough obstacles.

"Florida's overall athleticism is a concern," Jasick said Saturday while watching a junior college tournament in the Ocala area. "They have the ability to play over you at the top of the rim. They have very good point-guard play, and if we do not get the ball contained, they can carve you up.

"We've got to turn this thing into a five-on-five situation, making them score in a half-court game and not allow them to get going and feel good about themselves. …

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