Donovan on stopping So Carolina

Florida coach Billy Donovan says stopping South Carolina guard Devan Downey is not as easy as it might seem.

Florida coach Billy Donovan says stopping South Carolina guard Devan Downey is not as easy as it might seem.

Downey had 36 points in a loss to the Gators Saturday even though Florida tried to concentrate its defense on him.

" If you look at , he was taking about 35 percent of their total shots coming into our game. He is leading the league in number of (shot) attempts (put) up. He can do it in variety of ways, too," Donovan said.

The Florida coach says Downey can shoot from deep 3-point range, beat defenders off the dribble to hit runners and floaters and that he gets to the foul line about 10 times per game.

"We tried to play him with two people. If you play him one on one, he is creative and opens things for other guys on the team. He had exceptional game. At least in our building it reminded me of Chris Jackson (of LSU) when I was an assistant at Kentucky when he scored 44 at Rupp. We were clearly trying to get the ball out of his hands and came at him with two people and he made special plays throughout the whole game," Donovan said.

Because of injuries, suspension and graduations from last year, Donovan says South Carolina coach Darrin Horn is utilizing Downey more and likely will against Kentucky Tuesday, too.

"They came into our game and played differently than what they had shown. They had been pressing, trapping. In our game they clearly kept the ball in his hands to make plays late in the shot clock," Donovan, who watched Downey score 33 against his team last year, said.

"Obviously, Kentucky's athleticism at guard and length will be a different matchup for him because of Kentucky's depth and the different people they can throw at him. But when he has the ball in his hands late he has great ability to get a shot for himself or find others and make shots for them."


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