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Gators working to correct shooting problems before SEC play begins



Before Florida begins SEC play this Saturday at Vanderbilt, the Gators are spending the week working to improve their perimeter shooting slump.

Florida is currently last in the league in 3-point shooting (29.3 percent) and shooting 44.1 percent from the field (10th in league).

But Florida coach Billy Donovan said he believes there are specific reasons for the shooting slump, and ways the Gators can help improve their shooting accuracy.

"I think there's a couple of things,'' Donovan said. "Just going back and charting some games where we shot the ball very, very well, and games where we have not shot well, I think it's guys continuing to understand shots they are making a higher percentage with and shots they are not. The four guys that are taking the majority of our 3's are Chandler (Parsons), Dan (Werner), Erving (Walker) and Kenny (Boynton) and when those four guys get, and take the kind of shots they are accustomed to making, they shoot a very, very high percentage. And when they get some of those shots where they are not, it's a little bit more of a difficult shot for them, that has really bled into some of their shooting woes.''

The Gators' backcourt duo of sophomore Walker and freshman Boynton is also struggling badly. Walker is shooting 29.1 percent from 3-point range, while Boynton is hitting 25.5 percent.

"You have two backcourt players who for most of their careers have always knocked down shots and been able to make shots, (and) we need to get them to understand where they are most effective,'' Donovan said. "Hopefully with the week as we prepare for Vanderbilt,  we'll get an opportunity to address those things a little bit more.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:34pm]


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