Simply put, if the Gators can get the ball into Patric Young as their go-to scorer in the low blocks, Billy Donovan can lead Florida to their fifth Final Four and fourth under his direction. However, if Florida remains as heavily dependent on their plethora of perimeter shooters, one poor shooting night and the Gators could get upended in the Tournament.
Six games into the 2011-12 season, Florida is averaging 90.8 points per game, third best in the country, and 18.3 assists per game, 11th in the rankings, toppling the likes of in-state teams Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, North Florida and Stetson- not exactly the powerhouses of college basketball. In their loss to then-No. 3 ranked Ohio State on the road, the Gators propelled themselves with a barrage of 3-pointers to get back into the game, down 16. But the guards should have been getting the ball into the post early-and-often to Young, who finished with 14 points on 10 shots, compared to teammate Brad Beal's 17 points on 16 shots. More importantly, Young, with his big, wide frame and powerful drop-step has the ability to get the foul line at a high rate and get opposing bigs in foul trouble.