Arizona avoiding hype of Florida game

Solomon Hill and Nick Johnson are trying to avoid the hype of Saturday's game. Read on for their thoughts on that hype, strategy, and more.

Arizona is set to face Florida on Saturday and while it may be a big game for many, the players are making it a point to not get too caught up in the hype.

"I treat it like the last game that we had here," Solomon Hill said. "Our preparation is no different, we treat everyone as equally as good. Any team can come out on any given night and beat you.

"I don't think we need to show the freshmen we prepare for games differently. I think it should be the same process no matter who we are playing."

When asked if paying attention to the hype of the game was inevitable, Hill was quick to say that the players have been avoiding it.

"That is the media's job," he said. "We control what happens on our home floor and in the gym and in practice. That is the media's job to sell tickets, to build suspense for the game, and even the rankings are all for the fans and media to account for the teams.

"We just stick to the same thing, the same game plan no matter what. We just look at it as another opportunity to get another W and another chance to learn. We just go at it like every other game."

Still, Hill knows that at the very least, the Gators will likely be the toughest opponent that the Wildcats have faced all season. For Hill personally, he has to prepare to go up against a UF lineup that may use three guards at times.

"Just have to stay down and buckle up," Hill said of defending a guard. "Have to be able to play pick and roll situations. I think I have prepared myself by guarding Nick (Johnson) in practice. I have made that adjustment for a couple weeks now, just trying to guard Nick.

"Nick is a smaller guard and he is just as mobile as any of their guards. I think that will really help me out down the line and I will continue to do it even after the game."

Johnson will also have his work cut out for him and does not want the same memory as last year, when Arizona left Gainesville with a loss.

"I just remember that we were in the game and we lost," Johnson said. "That is my biggest memory. We had a few key defensive possessions where we did not get a stop or did not get a rebound.

"Going into this game, I know we are going to do everything possible we can for our team to win, whether it is taking a charge or getting a rebound, and the scoring will take care of itself."


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