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Dick Vitale: Even through struggles, Gators could be dangerous in NCAA Tournament



If you've watched any national television sports shows the past couple of days, you've probably noticed Florida isn't getting much attention during NCAA Tournament talk.

The Gators finished the season 4-6 in the final 10 games, which is why there's concern surrounding just which Florida team will show up when the Gators play Virgina on Friday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The biggest problem? Florida's shooting percentage, and its inability to produce solid inside play.

"I think Florida has struggled shooting the ball recently,'' ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said. "Take a look at the numbers. I was doing a little research (Sunday) and you look for example at (Kenny) Boynton, the last five games he's shooting like 29 percent. You look at (Erving) Walker, shooting 34 percent. You look at their inside game, it has been nonexistent. That's why they've had a problem.''

And yet, Vitale believes the Gators could surprise some people if they can get it going offensively.

"Saying all that, they become dangerous,'' he said. "Dangerous why? Teams are not familiar with them, they can pressure, they can shoot the three. If they get going with the three, they can create problems.''


[Last modified: Thursday, March 15, 2012 3:21pm]


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