Surprising Success on the Glass

With an undersized team dominated by guards, the Gators have worked hard on their rebounding. In the first four of the season, Florida has outrebounded the competition each time. Even when center Patric Young was forced out of play after getting hit in the eye Monday against Wright State, the Gators still dominated the glass.

"We've done a good job there," Billy Donovan said on his postgame radio show Monday. "I give those guys all the credit. We've worked on it in practice, and they've made a commitment to get better there, so that's encouraging."

The Gators won the rebounding margin 40-26 over Wright State, led on the boards by Patric Young and Mike Rosario with seven. Young did his damage on just 22 minutes, while Rosario was the bigger surprise.

The lack of size hurts the Gators down low, but Donovan made it clear he wants his guards to get rebounds. Outside of Rosario's seven, Erving Walker and Brad Beal each added five rebounds. The guards have rebounded well early in the season.

"We've spent some time working with a smaller lineup in practice because of Will Yeguete's concussion and not knowing until yesterday that he was going to be able to play," Donovan said. "There are things we can work on and improve on."

Despite the positive rebounding margins in four games, Donovan still wants more out of his team. Even when it isn't rebounding, the defense for Florida can still improve.

"When you become quicker, athletic and more explosive on offense, you probably give up more on defense," Donovan said. "We've got to try to do things to get Casey Prather and Scottie (Wilbekin) on the floor because they bring intangible things to our team that we need."

Donovan was upset with how his team defended Wright State. Guard Julius Mays came into the game struggling, but he went for 21 points on 8-for-11 from the field while also recording five assists.

"We let him off the hook," Donovan said. "He's a good player, but he had not shot the ball very well. Give him credit, he made some shots and some plays tonight but I thought we allowed him to get going in the first half. We should've done a better job."

INJURY UPDATE: Young was late to come out of the locker room at halftime and didn't start the second half after he was poked in the eye. Yeguete started in the second half, and Young came back off the bench later.

"He was seeing double vision and they didn't want him to play," Donovan said. "If that would've continued, he wouldn't have played at all. What I think happened was he felt in the locker room that it was progressively getting better and just a matter of time. He was able to go in there and give us a presence up front."

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