Team preview: Florida
Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2010-11 season, exclusively on Insider
Originally Published: October 26, 2010Blue Ribbon Yearbook
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(Information in this team report is as of Oct. 1.)Florida's fortunes began to move northward against last season, thanks in large part to that 75-foot buzzer beater for a win at NC State, hoisted by Chandler Parsons, who also drained another buzzer-beater for a victory over South Carolina. Subtract those two wins and the Gators were more than likely bound for their third straight NIT. Regardless of how Florida returned to the Big Dance, and despite an early ouster at the hands of BYU, nothing detracts from the accomplishment. And after an offseason in which they didn't lose anyone to professional basketball, the Gators are stocked. All five starters return, and Donovan has once again started flexing his muscles on the recruiting trail. Two freshmen who might remind Gator fans of a couple of vital cogs from the national championship team join the program and will play significant roles. "Anytime you get to the tournament and have all five starters coming back, there's going to be a level of expectation," Donovan said. "Our guys haven't had to deal with that since they've been here. "Can they take that next step and deal with those expectations? We'll need to increase our maturity level as a team to do it."
(Information in this team report is as of Oct. 1.)