Balance Gives Gators Edge over Huskies

By Frenette, Gene | The Florida Times Union, April 5, 2014 | Go to article overview

Balance Gives Gators Edge over Huskies


Frenette, Gene, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Gene Frenette

ARLINGTON, TEXAS | The one ingredient that made Florida's season magical will be what carries the Gators into the national championship game: balance.

Nothing gives Billy Donovan's team a sense of comfort - truthfully, the greatest margin for error of any Final Four participant - than knowing nobody on its roster carries an inordinate amount of burden to achieve success.

Even when SEC player of the year Scottie Wilbekin has a mediocre night, the Gators are seldom in jeopardy of losing. Florida will just find points elsewhere, trusting that its floor leader will continue making life miserable for the opposing team's best perimeter player.

"I think it helps take the pressure off guys, knowing that they don't have to do everything," Wilbekin said. "If they're not doing well offensively, somebody else will take up the slack. It allows you to focus more on defense and kind of get out of yourself, not focusing on your personal expectations."

The same can't quite be said about Connecticut, the Gators' national semifinal opponent Saturday night at AT&T Stadium. It relies on extraordinary point guard Shabazz Napier and 6-foot-9 forward DeAndre Daniels to do most of the heavy lifting.

And if one of them is the least bit off, the Huskies are cooked. In UConn's eight defeats this season, Napier, who has been the best player in the NCAA Tournament, averaged close to his usual 18.1 points per game. But he missed way too many shots (37 of 115, .322), which usually translates into the Huskies having no chance of beating a quality opponent.

Even when Napier went off for 30 points during one of three losses to Louisville and 27 points at Houston, it didn't matter because Daniels went in the tank those nights. They had their best game together against Florida (combined 40 points on 15-of-25 shooting), and UConn still needed a buzzer-beating shot by Napier to win 65-64 on Dec. 2.

Florida (36-2), which has since won 30 consecutive games, is in a different place. …

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