Gators' Scottie Wilbekin expecting tough challenge in Minnesota's Andre Hollins
Scottie Wilbekin's role all season for the Gators has been as their primary defensive stopper.
He has relished the assignment of taking on the opponents' top guard all year. Now Wilbekin is preparing for yet another challenge when the No. 3 seed Gators face No. 11 seed Minnesota tonight at 7:10 in the NCAA Tournament in Austin.
Minnesota junior guard Austin Hollins is coming off a 28-point game against UCLA Thursday night, and Wilbekin is expected to draw the assignment of helping to contain him, which he said will be a great challenge.
"First of, he's a great scorer and he can score in a multitude of ways,'' Wilbekin said. "So I've really got to just be ready and I've got to count on my guys to help me if I get beat. Just be ready to contain him and don't let himi get any easy shots, always have a hand in his face."
Hollins said the challenge will extend both ways, acknowledging going against Wilbekin will be no easy task.
"He's a quick defender, he keeps his hands active, he moves his feet well,'' Andre Hollins said. "He's a solid PG. I have to contain him, and I have to protect the ball like any other game."
Wilbekin said the stopper role is one he enjoys.
"I love playing defense and it helps when you got guys (like his teammates) that love playing defense as well,'' Wilbekin said. "I just try to ome out and play my hardest on defense."