NCAA March Madness Preview – Florida Gators

Florida Gators

SEC (24-8, 14-4)

by Joel Welser

Coach Michael White has used the experience on his roster to put Florida back in the NCAA Tournament. After winning a couple games in the NIT last season, the Gators are ready to try and make a run in the NCAAs and this team has the potential to do just that.

Big Wins: 12/29 at Arkansas (81-72), 2/4 Kentucky (88-66), 2/21 South Carolina (81-66)

Bad Losses: 12/6 vs Duke (74-84), 1/18 at South Carolina (53-57), 1/21 Vanderbilt (66-68)

Coach: Michael White

Why They Can Surprise:

Florida has toughness, experience and plenty of depth. KeVaughn Allen, Canyon Berry and Devin Robinson do much of the scoring. Allen leads the way with 13.9 points per game and is the team’s most prolific three-point shooter. Berry, a 6-6 wing, is a very effective all-around scorer off the bench. He can spark this offense and that is very important for a team that can struggle to consistently score points. Robinson is a big 6-8, 200 pound small forward who can shoot over smaller defenders and dribble around bigger opponents. With Kasey Hill getting the scorers the ball, the Gators have plenty of weapons.

Why They Can Disappoint:

However, those weapons are not always consistent when it comes to scoring, especially with the injury to center John Egbunu. This is a team that can have some very long scoring droughts and they must remember to continue to attack the basket instead of settling for tough outside shots. Coach White can deal with the inconsistent offense as long as the defensive intensity stays high. The strong defense allows the Gators to stay in the game even when the offense goes a few minutes without scoring. More importantly, Florida almost always gets an opportunity to shoot the ball. Thanks to Hill, the Gators rarely turn the ball over and that too makes a few missed shots much easier to swallow.

Probable Starters:

Kasey Hill, Senior, Guard, 9.8 ppg, 4.6 apg, 1.7 spg

KeVaughn Allen, Sophomore, Guard, 13.9 ppg, 1.4 apg

Devin Robinson, Junior, Forward, 10.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg

Justin Leon, Senior, Forward, 7.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg

Kevarrius Hayes, Sophomore, Center, 6.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 bpg

Key Role Players:

Canyon Barry, Senior, Guard, 12.1 ppg

Chris Chiozza, Junior, Guard, 6.9 ppg, 3.7 apg

Keith Stone, Freshman, Forward, 3.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 78.8 (57th in nation, 4th in conference)

Scoring Defense: 66.4 (48, 3)

Field-Goal Percentage: 45.3 (127, 5)

Field-Goal Defense: 40.7 (35, 4)

Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.8 (133, 3)

Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 36.6 (108, 3)

Free-Throw Percentage: 72.7 (97, 6)

Rebound Margin: 2.0 (116, 6)

Assists Per Game: 12.8 (228, 10)

Turnovers Per Game: 11.9 (67, 2)

Recent Postseason Appearances:

2016 NIT First Round win over North Florida

2016 NIT Second Round win over Ohio State

2016 NIT Quarterfinal loss to George Washington

2014 NCAA Round of 64 win over Albany

2014 NCAA Round of 32 win over Pittsburgh

2014 NCAA Regional Semifinal win over UCLA

2014 NCAA Regional Final win over Dayton

2014 NCAA National Semifinal loss to Connecticut

2013 NCAA Round of 64 win over Northwestern State

2013 NCAA Round of 32 win over Minnesota

2013 NCAA Regional Semifinal win over Florida Gulf Coast

2013 NCAA Regional Final loss to Michigan

2012 NCAA Round of 64 win over Virginia

2012 NCAA Round of 32 win over Norfolk State

2012 NCAA Regional Semifinal win over Marquette

2012 NCAA Regional Final loss to Louisville

2011 NCAA Round of 64 win over UC-Santa Barbara

2011 NCAA Round of 32 win over UCLA

2011 NCAA Regional Semifinal win over BYU

2011 NCAA Regional Final loss to Butler

2010 NCAA Round of 64 loss to BYU

2009 NIT First Round win over Jacksonville

2009 NIT Second Round win over Miami

2009 NIT Quarterfinal loss to Penn State

2008 NIT First Round win over San Diego State

2008 NIT Second Round win over Creighton

2008 NIT Quarterfinal win over Arizona State

2008 NIT Semifinal loss to Massachusetts

2007 NCAA Round of 64 win over Jackson State

2007 NCAA Round of 32 win over Purdue

2007 NCAA Regional Semifinal win over Butler

2007 NCAA National Semifinal win over UCLA

2007 NCAA National Final win over Ohio State

2007 NCAA Regional Final win over Oregon

*all team stats through 3/5

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