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Gators use extra time to rejuvenate, prepare for Kansas State



By the time Florida faces No. 6 Kansas State on Saturday afternoon, the Gators will have gone nine days between games.

Florida coach Billy Donovan and players said it hasn't been easy juggling practice time with finals and semester-ending projects, but the chance to step away from games and get in some extra practice time has been beneficial.

"I think that’s been good for us, it’s a good balance and today is really our last day of finals,'' Donovan said Thursday morning. "Chandler’s got one exam later this afternoon. But I think it’s been pretty productive. We practiced on Sunday and Monday, took Tuesday off and Wednesday was a pretty big day for our guys academically so we wanted to give them Tuesday to study. But it’s a balance because there are so many demands on them academically in terms of papers and finals and things like that. But I felt like we were able to get some work done on things we needed to. I think the practice time has been good for our team and I think we’ve been able to address and work on some of the things we need to improve upon.''

Senior forward Chandler Parson's talks about balancing finals and practice, the Gators' offensive woes and facing a top-tier team like Kansas State. (By the way, Parsons said he's expecting to earn all B's this semester).



[Last modified: Thursday, December 16, 2010 12:39pm]


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