Another loss on the road this week, Gator Nation.
Everything is falling apart. Locusts are coming. The pale rider is galloping near. Soon hellfire will be raining from the sky. Ok, not so much. Yes, we blew a 13-point lead at Mizzou and that coupled with the loss at Arkansas and at Arizona now has the nation convinced that we can’t win big games on the road. Does anyone remember a 2007 Gator National Championship team that lost 3 straight games right before the SEC tournament?
How we respond to games like this is the biggest thing this Gator team can learn right now. No team in the nation is going undefeated and upsets are rampant. It’s all about the preparation and learning to play your best as a team. Finding where you are weak, addressing the concerns and showing the distinct ability to play hard at all times. Wallowing in a loss isn’t this team’s style.
Tonight’s game against Arkansas should fuel the fire for the Gators. Last time we played them at Arkansas and they came lights out from 3-point range and we never caught up. We have them at home and I think this game will play out just a wee bit different. From a season standpoint we are definitely at a critical point in the last part of the regular season. After this we have Tennessee on the road, a home game against Alabama and Vandy with a final regular season game at Kentucky. To maintain control of the SEC we have to win them all, but we need to start it tonight with a win and then move on to the next game.
At Missouri we completely got out of our game plan. No one was attacking the basket. We were content to launch threes at every place on the court. We basically handed the game back to Missouri at the end. Heck, we still should’ve won. Time to get back to the basics. Wilbiken needs to run the point, penetrate and open up shots for everyone. We need Patric Young to dominate the boards…COMPLETELY. Our defense needs to ramp back up.
Arkansas has won their last two games by 2 points each at home. This will prove to be a much tougher contest than those. The Gators will have to show that they can get their mojo back on defense. That has been the deciding factor all season. It has to show up tonight regardless of whether we are raining threes or not.
I hope you’re tuning in or putting it on the DVR. We are 12-0 at home and its time to make it 13.
- Pressey, Bowers lead Mizzou to upset of No. 5 Florida (kbiasports.org)
- MU seeks revenge against Florida (kansascity.com)
- Florida vs. Missouri: Top Players to Watch in SEC Showdown (bleacherreport.com)
- Mizzou stuns No. 5 Florida with last-minute victory (kansascity.com)
- Preview: Arkansas at Florida (wyff4.com)
- Mizzou’s perfect home record will be tested by No. 5 Florida (kbiasports.org)
- Florida Basketball: Gators’ Takeaway from Stunning Loss at Missouri (bleacherreport.com)
- MU notes: Bowers has big game (kansascity.com)