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Gators' Patric Young excited about playing in front of hometown fans



Florida sophomore center Patric Young had a career-high 25 points against Arizona on Wednesday night, now he'll get an opportunity to showcase his skills for a large group of family and friends tonight.

Young, a Jacksonville native, and the Gators will play Rider today at 7 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. It is Florida's third neutral site game of the season.

Rider is just 1-8 on the season, but Florida coach Billy Donovan said it's a much better team than its record indicates. As for Young, Donovan said this is a chance to see how much he's matured by how he handles this newfound success.

"I think that this is agreat opportunity for Patric to learn,'' Donovan said. "One of the hardest things for players when they are young is to be able to let go of when something really good happens. A lot of times when something bad happens you want to get past it, you want to get on to the next thing. A lot of times when you play really, really well you have a tendency to live in that. And we've got to, as a team move past last night to get ready to play (tonight).  I think that's a big part of it, Patric going home and coming off the game he had, he can't think this is a continuation of Arizona going to Jacksonville. He's got to realize it's a new game, new team, new scouting report, new preparation, he's got to go in the game and play with the understanding last night's over.''

Listen to Young talk about his expectations going home and the Gators' current free-throw problems.

[Last modified: Friday, December 9, 2011 11:17am]


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