Hill understands what has to be done

Freshman Kasey Hill had an eye opening experience Saturday night, one he would like to forget, but will be ingrained in his psyche for a while. The Florida Gators ended their run in the NCAA Tournament with their first Final Four appearance since the 2006-2007 season and Hill has been a big part of that and the 30 game winning streak the Gators ended on Saturday in losing to UConn… a tough loss.

A point guard for Florida who has been dynamite with the ball in hands for most of the season, Kasey Hill missed the first match up with Connecticut and their quick and flashy guards. Saturday night, he and starting point guard Scottie Wilbekin accounted for seven turnovers and only one assist. A far cry from the norm and just a couple of games removed from a 10 assist two turnover night against UCLA.

Hill was quick to take a lot of the blame for the loss and felt for the four seniors that have been such a big part of all the accomplishments for the program over the last four years.

"We needed to spread the ball around and find everybody for a touch," Hill said from the locker-room following the 63-53 loss. "I know they are disappointed. I think on the offensive end, not sharing the ball enough and that led to the defensive end."

The Gators started the game hot and got out to a quick 16-4 lead only to see that vanish quickly when the Huskies forced turnovers that converted into layups and often time transitional three-point baskets. Guards Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier combined for five of the six steals the Huskies had on the night and Hill and Wilbekin were on the wrong end of them.

"They were real tough,' Hill said. "They got a lot of turnovers between me and Scottie that got them some easy buckets."

Hill will no doubt draw a lot from this defeat. He was injured the last time the teams met, which was the last time the Gators lost before Saturday. He hadn't seen the quickness and understood it. He was however a part of a terrific 36-3 season and one that set many school records along the way.

"We just stayed together and were real tough through other games," Hill said thinking back to just last week. "It just wasn't there tonight. Those were all great things, but I am just hurting right now. I just hurt. We wanted to win it."

Florida head coach Billy Donovan made sure that his team understood that although they lost, the season was a great success and that with everything they accomplished they should be proud. Hill took more from everything that happened in terms of what they need to do next season.

"We need to do what we did last year, do what we did the whole year to work hard and push," he said. "If we get this opportunity again, we need to take advantage and go all out."


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