Gators have had a difficult time with the weather this season.
They cannot seem to get into a rhythm with their pitching rotation.
Conner Falkenbach, who is normally the game one Friday night starter, had
his start versus Siena moved to Monday and then it was rained out.
He tweaked his knee vesus Hofstra and needed the extra time off.
He may start game one against the ‘Noles in Tallahassee on Friday. UF plays Gardner Webb in a mid-week game.
Jamie Goldfarb could be back this weekend in a reliever role.
Expect him to challenge for one of the starting positions when he is back
healthy .FSU is ranked #1 in one
poll and is off to a blazing start at 14-1.
Keep an eye on the Seminole pitching staff as it may be Mike Martin's
best in recent years. The ERA for
the staff so far is 2.14. They also
throw lefty, lefty, righty at you in a three game set.
The first two games are in Tallahassee and Sunday's game is in
Gainesville. During Florida's current nine game winning streak they have
outscored opponents 118-41. One
thing Pat McMahon would like to see this weekend is more production in the late
innings between the seventh and ninth.
the tough loss at Georgia, I think UF is solid for a #2 seed now.
They could still get a #1 if they beat Kentucky and win two games in the
SEC Tournament. I think the Oklahoma/Texas winner, along with Kansas, are the
main competitors. David Lee needs
to duplicate the performance of Tuesday night against Georgia still if UF is
going to knock off Kentucky. Christian
Drejer will play a big role because of his passing ability to the post and they
way he runs the high pick and roll. Florida's
ball movement was great versus Georgia, they just missed good open looks in the
second half, yet still shot 48%. The
key was the defense gave up 16 points in the last 4:33 after UF took a 71-66
lead. One topic of discussion has
been the end of the game on Tuesday. Coach
Donovan likes to let his team play and it has worked out great this
season. I do however think if he
had to do it over again he would have called a timeout. Personnel wise, his best playmaker with the ball in his
hands, Anthony Roberson, was on the bench and it cost them in their offense.
I do think UF outplayed Georgia and it just was not meant to be.
Harrick however, may be done before the SEC Tournament. If your assistant was let go for a money order, the head
coach is not too far behind. Ask
Eddie Sutton and Hal Mumme.
UF's game versus Kentucky is the last for three seniors- Justin Hamilton, Matt Bonner and Brett Nelson. They are the winningest in school history and are going to be honored on Saturday. But, Roberson, Drejer and Walsh must perform if the Gators are to break the Wildcat streak. Florida is 15-0 at home this year and have lost three in a row to Tubby Smith and the Wildcats.
Orleans, Florida will play Friday at 3:15 versus Vandy or the #3 in the West.
I think it will be LSU. They
have Alabama at home Saturday and look to get to 8-8 in the conference.
Mississippi State and Auburn will finish 1-2 in the West.
As for the big Dance, UF could see Kentucky in the final four if one goes
to the South and the other to the East. The
South Sweet 16 is in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio.
The East is in the Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York.
Spring Football nearly two weeks away some others top programs have cranked it
up or will be. UF will now start on
March the 18th and Ron Zook will meet with the media March 8th.
Sports has their top 150 players listed and only one Gator, Keiwan Ratliff, is
listed at number 84. Other players
on Florida's schedule listed are as follows:
Shawn Andrews (OT Arkansas) - too high for a run blocking tackle but he is good
Eli Manning (QB Mississippi) - until he wins nine games in a season he is just a
good player on an average team
Kellen Winslow (TE Miami) - underrated, on of the best players in college
David Pollack (DE Georgia) - we will see how well he does without Jonathan
Sullvan in the middle
Williams (LB Miami) - great athlete but not better than Vilma
Jonathan Vilma (LB Miami) - underrated and underappreciated
#45 Casey Clausen (QB Tennessee) - wasn