Marquette expecting "potent" offensive attack from Gators
Throughout the course of the Big East season, Marquette has faced some of the nation's toughest teams. But head coach Buzz Williams said Wednesday Florida may be the most potent an offensive team he's studied this year.
No. 7 seed Florida and No. 3 seed Marquette will play tonight at 10:17 p.m. in the NCAA West Regional semifinals. Williams said one of his biggest concerns is the Gators' ability to shoot the 3 and their transition defense.
"I think they're really, really good,'' Williams said. "I think a lot has been made of how many 3's they shoot and how many 3's they make. Their perimeter players have shot 53 percent of the shots that their perimeter has shot have been 3's. And they've made 37 percent of them. They
make a lot of 3's and they make a lot of dunks. A lot of that comes from transition. If it doesn't come from transition, it's going to come from the ball screen. And I think that Coach Donovan has been ahead of the curve relative to college basketball in doing a lot of the same things that are done in the NBA. They reverse the ball - we reverse the ball top side typically off the pass. And they reverse the ball side top side off the ball
screen. And so if you can slow them down or stop them in transition your ball screen coverage has to be superb. Because if it forces you into rotation, they're either going to make a dunk or an uncontested three.
"There's very few teams - everybody knows that they lead the country in three-point field goal makes, but there's very few teams that have
that offensive rebounding percentage that at the same time have those offensive efficiency type numbers,'' Williams added. "So it's as potent an offensive team as I've studied this year. And that speaks to Coach (Billy) Donovan and his staff and the guys that they've recruited. But it also speaks to their development of those guys and then their style of play and how it enhances their talent.''