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November 28, 2008
Roundtable: Which team ends up the turkey?
At the College Basketball Roundtable each week, we ask each member of the coverage staff for his opinion about a current topic in the sport.
This week's question:
Bob McClellan's answer:
Andrew Skwara's answer:
Mike Huguenin's answer:
Greg Anthony's answer:
I think they're talented (Nick Calathes may end up being a first-team All American), and you cannot say that Billy Donovan is not a proven coach. The question for me is are they tough enough defensively. At this stage of the season they may be the only team in the top 25 who might not be able win because of their defense. They would have to win in spite of it. This is my one concern about them - I haven't seen the committment on that side of the floor.
As I stated earlier, we have a long way to go. But in the two games agains teams that have some offensive firepower (Syracuse and Washington) they gave up 86.5 ppg. Florida is a very capable offensive team, but the Gators don't defend the ball or the paint as well as I'm sure Coach Donovan would like.
One advantage for them is the SEC is down a bit, which could allow them to really improve on their conference showing from a year ago. However, a weak nonconference schedule will put more pressure on them to perform well in order to get back to the NCAA tournament.