Gators Face Final 'Gimme' for 2009-10 Season

There are 19 games left on the regular season for the Florida Gator basketball team, and the last 18 of them are games that Florida will have to play well to win. Most of those games will involve key matchups that will determine whether or not Florida will be able to come out with the victory.

However that's not the case with the next game on Florida's schedule. This is one that Florida needs merely to show up to add to the win column. Florida hosts The Blue Hose of Presbyterian Wednesday night in a final tune up before things get serious on a game-by-game basis.

The Blue Hose is 2-11 on the year and they have been blown out by most of the teams that they have faced this year. Clemson (43), Illinois (46), North Carolina (39), Ohio State (30) and Marquette (40) had little trouble with this team and the Gators should be able to coast to their tenth win of the season.

Presbyterian has bee dominated on the glass (minus-8) this season and have also struggled with turnover differential (minus-4). Those are just two of the factors that make it unrealistic that this team can muster much of a challenge for Billy Donovan's Gators in the O'Connell Center.

For the Gators it's a chance to try and rest guys who need to get healthy and play guys who desperately need experience. Florida made use of the American game to get 13 minutes for walk on guard Kyle McClanahan, but did not get time for Nimrod Tishman. The Gators held out Kenny Kadji and Ray Shipman and may well do the same thing this time.

One thing the Gators need to get done is see if they can get senior Dan Werner playing at a higher level. Werner is averaging just 6.8 points a game and is connecting on just 41 percent of his shots. Last season Werner averaged just under nine points a contest. In the last two games the junior from New Jersey has totaled just four points on 2-for-12 shooting. Werner has also struggled with his ball handling and is tied for second on the team with 24 turnovers. His assist/turnover differential is just plus-3 on the season. Last year he was plus-25 in that category.

The game will offer a matchup of each team's weakness in one regard. The Gators have struggled with their defensive rebounding, giving up more than 13 a game, but Presbyterian grabs fewer than eight offensive rebounds a night.


Freshman Kenny Boynton continues to set the pace for the Gators with 14.2 points a night. Boynton also showed an improved awareness on the back boards against American, grabbing a season high six rebounds.

Four other Gators are averaging in double figures. Alex Tyus (11.4) is second on the team followed by Chandler Parsons (11.2), Erving Walker (11.0) and Vernon Macklin (10.8). Macklin is coming off a season high 18 points against American, while Parsons has reached double figures just once in the last seven outings.

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