The Gators looked in on their way to a 25-point win against Mississippi State. Despite being this deep into Southeastern Conference play, Florida still has different areas of its team to figure out with Will Yeguete missing the remainder of the regular season.
The first step on Saturday was getting productive play from Casey Prather off the bench. The Gators are still thin on the frontcourt, but if Prather becomes an energy player off the bench that Yeguete was for Florida, it will go a long way in getting the Gators back to the level they were playing at earlier in conference play.
Doing it against Kentucky would be a step in the right direction.
The Wildcats come to Gainesville on a five-game winning streak, including wins in nine of their last 11 games. It's a different team from the one that lost four games during the non-conference schedule.
"We've got to take on that challenge," Florida guard Mike Rosario said. "That challenge is to protect our home court. Nothing gets better than to beat a Kentucky team. We've got to make sure we know everything on the scouting report and make sure we're on the right spots on the defensive ends."
Florida head coach Billy Donovan admitted that he hasn't seen much of Kentucky play this year. While preparing for Texas A&M and Ole Miss, Donovan watched them play against the Wildcats, but that is the only two times he has seen the team play before preparation for Tuesday's game.
The youth of the team is easy to see, but there's still plenty of talent that is starting to mature.
"It's a team that's very talented and gifted," Donovan said. "They're very long. I'm sure it'll be a great challenge for our team on Tuesday night."
FRAZIER WORKING ON NEW ROLE: With the loss of Will Yeguete, freshman guard Michael Frazier is being thrown into the fire. He worked at power forward on Thursday and Friday in practice, trying to prepare him for a potential new role if Florida has to go to a four-guard lineup.He has spent all of his time at shooting guard and small forward since coming to campus, and the new role is more on his plate. The 6-4, 200-pound freshman has the build to play in the paint, and Donovan has been happy with his ability to rebound this year.
"I can rebound well from that four spot," Frazier said. "It puts me in the position to rebound. I'm going to take whatever challenge is there to help the team."
The Gators didn't show the four-guard look on Saturday, but Donovan did say on Thursday that he expected the team to use the look for at least limited minutes. With Erik Murphy and Patric Young as the only two true post players on the roster, Donovan will have to be creative.
"Coach implemented me at the four spot and we've gone through some plays with me there," Frazier said. "We put some new things in. I'll be comfortable with it when that time does come."