Commentary

Gators go through ringer

After sloppy SEC-opening loss to UT, Donovan helps UF find its defense again

Originally Published: November 16, 2011
By Michael DiRocco | GatorNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Erik Murphy knew what was coming.

The junior forward was sure that Sunday was going to be one of the Florida basketball team's most brutal practices of the season. Two separate sessions, with weights in between, in which the Gators worked on nothing but defense, rebounding and playing physical.

Murphy knew the Gators needed it, too, after scoring a season-low 56 points and giving up a season-high 51 percent from the floor -- including 50 percent from 3-point range -- in an upset loss at Tennessee. Florida hasn't been playing with the same kind of defensive intensity it had before Christmas, and Saturday's loss in Knoxville was the Gators' worst effort.

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