Donovan Wants Better Offensive Recognition

It didn't take long to figure out Saturday wasn't going to go Florida's way. The Gators struggled on offense from the opening tip. Florida came into the game averaging 85.4 points per game, but Tennessee slowed the Gators to just 56 points in Knoxville. Florida head coach Billy Donovan was disappointed in the way his team created offense.

The Tennessee defense created issues for Florida from the beginning of the game. The Gators were held to 29 points in the first half. The Volunteers played tight defense once Florida brought the ball across mid court.

Donovan gave the Tennessee defense credit, but he was most disappointed in the way his guards found the open man.

"There are always things that will be open," Donovan said on his post game radio show. "There are always things you can do against any kind of defense. We passed the ball pretty well in the first half, but we didn't recognize what was open. When you watched Tennessee defense, it looked like it was causing us problems. It was more of the decision making that we made.

"We don't see the things that are open. It's a struggle. We've got to get better, and I've got to do a better job coaching them to do those things."

Tennessee isn't a team that has put up enough points to blow opponents out, but the Florida defense also hit a skid on Saturday.

"We didn't play well. Give Tennessee credit because they played hard. The difference in the game was our inability to get defensive stops and we didn't shoot the ball particularly well. We've got to understand now.

"Our turnovers and the shooting percentage today were really the downfall for us."

The second half didn't go much better for Florida. The Gators were only down by four points at half-time, but the Volunteers didn't waste much time pulling away and turning the game into a blowout.

"We shot 29%, but when you look at their shooting percentage their in the second half, it just magnifies the game," Donovan said. "I'm actually surprised it was as close as it was. That's usually about a 25-point loss."

The Gators will get two days of practice before Georgia comes to town on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Donovan knows there's a lot of work to be done before tipoff.

"We've got a long, long way to go as a team," Donovan said. "There are times this team shows a lot of signs and special qualities. There are times when we revert back to a team that looks like we're not very good. We've got to become a lot more consistent as a club."

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