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Will depth perception be an issue for Florida, Auburn?



With his team entering the SEC tournament on a 3-point hot streak, Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said he's a little concerned about the depth perception for shooters at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

"It's probably a little better that in the big domes, but you get in these tournaments and it's kind of odd playing in them (dome-type venues),'' Lebo said. "Those that play in big arenas I think have a little bit of an advantage.''

Lebo said the depth perception, combined with the fact that the teams play with brand new, "not broken in'' balls was always a challenge when he was a player, and he believes it could be a factor for SEC teams this week.

But UF coach Billy Donovan said he's unsure if depth perception will be a big issue for his shooters tonight.

"I do know the depth perception for me, as a former player, was always different in a dome setting,'' Donovan said. "I always thought it was really, really hard to shoot in a dome. This is definitely more of an arena setting, so I don't know how much the depth perception plays into this arena. It appears coming in here like it's a good place to shoot.'

In Thursday's first game, both South Carolina and Alabama struggled with 3-point shooting.

"If we don't shoot well, I'll use it as an excuse,'' Donovan jokingly said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:44pm]


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