FLORIDA IS LOOKING TO GET BACK ON TRACK. THE GATORS HAVE LOST THREE OF THE LAST FOUR GAMES HEADING INTO THE TOURNAMENT.
Florida is hoping to get back on track after losing three of its last four games. According to Gators forward Devin Robinson, the team and staff held a meeting soon after losing to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament to find out what is going wrong.
"Basically [the meeting was to] get everything out, put everything on the table," said Robinson."Just knew we had to recollect as a team and get to the root of what was going on and figure out that, if we're going to keep playing like this, we're going to end our season short."
"We just talked about just being disciplined and taking care of the ball and really just doing our job," added KeVaughn Allen on the meeting.
According to forward Justin Leon, he believes that lack of focus and discipline is what cost the Gators the those three games.
"We have to pay attention to detail," said Leon," and focus a little bit more since we are missing a big piece to our puzzle."
That piece is John Egbunu. The center will not participate in the NCAA tournament after he tore his left ACL. Although he is a huge loss to the Gators, Florida is simply moving forward and is using the NCAA Tournament as fresh start to is campaign.
"Definitely a fresh start, and it starts today," said Robinson.
After the bracket was announced was announced on Selection Sunday, many national pundits called an East Tennessee State win over Florida as their pick as the first upset of the bracket. According to several Gators players, they are using those statements as fuel and motivation, however, they can not control the outside the noise. Florida is focused on what they can control on Thursday.
"Only way there would be an upset is if we give the game away; if we relax too much," said Kevarrius Hayes. "We just have to stay on it and we should be able to win this one."