When the Gators take the floor at 4 p.m. against Jacksonville (2-8), it will be about Florida learning how to handle a quick turnaround.
The Gators (5-4) finished their game around 9 p.m. on Friday night with a blowout win over Texas Southern. In a quick turnaround like this, Saturday is usually about film work and maybe some light walk through work. Florida will face two Thursday-Saturday turnarounds in conference play, and even though Texas Southern and Jacksonville are Southeastern Conference caliber, learning the process of playing without much time in between is important.
“This can be a good experience for us,” Billy Donovan said.
Florida has done this before. The Gators participated in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament earlier this season and played three games in three days. It gave Donovan a chance to evaluate how his players handled the taking in a scouting report without much time to study it.
The results on the floor weren’t always positive in the Bahamas -- as Florida won only one of three games -- but the Florida coach did like how his team was able to understand the game plan and get ready to play.
“I think we’ll be good at it,” Donovan said about preparing for Sunday’s game. “(The players) were pretty good from a scouting report standpoint in terms of being able to give them information and help them understand what the important things are.
“When you have a quick turnaround, the scouting report is not as in-depth. We’ll have to get the meat and potatoes.”
It’s especially challenging for the freshmen. Chris Chiozza and Devin Robinson have played well in recent games, with Robinson posting a career-high 15 points on Friday. Robinson also sprained his ankle late in the game but ended up returning and should be fine to play on Sunday.
The Dolphins have two wins -- over Florida National and Trinity Baptist -- so it doesn’t look like Sunday’s game will be a big challenge on paper for Florida. But after a challenging early season schedule, these games are still needed for Florida to gain some momentum before conference play starts.
Jacksonville is led by its backcourt Andris Misters (13.9 points/4.1 rebounds) and Kori Babineaux (11.6 points/4.6 rebounds).