UF's Young to 'flush' performance
Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5:08 p.m.
MEMPHIS -- One of the great attributes of this Florida basketball team has been how it can survive a sub-par night from one of its starters.
(1) Florida (35-2) vs. (11) Dayton (26-10), 6:09 p.m.
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Remember when Michael Frazier II was shut out at Auburn?
Or Scottie Wilbekin against Albany in the first round of this tournament?
On Thursday night, it was Patric Young's turn.
The senior center had a stat line that tells the story … and yet it does not.
Young had four points, three rebounds and four fouls. He played only 20 minutes because of foul trouble.
But what disappointed UF coach Billy Donovan was the frustration level Young showed in the 79-68 win over UCLA.
“I think I would have liked to see him handle that situation, to be honest with you, a lot better than he did,” Donovan said.
Young was especially frustrated with the officials who called him for two fouls in the first half and also nailed him with a traveling call. His frustration wasn't only with the officials, but with his teammates because both fouls in the first half came when he was covering up another Gator's mistake on defense.
“It was frustrating because I do as much as I can to prepare to put myself in position to have a good game,” Young said. “I've just got to flush it, move forward, have a good practice (Friday), respond well and go into the next game having amnesia.”
His game against UCLA was certainly forgettable, but the Gators will need the Patric Young the fans have seen all season against a deep Dayton team that had 10 offensive rebounds against a much taller Stanford team on Thursday and won the battle in the paint 36-32.
More than anything, Donovan wants to see his center let it go when adversity hits.
“I thought he got way too wrapped up in trying to explain that he didn't travel, explain that he didn't foul,” Donovan said. “He needs to move on and play. That, to me, is the greatest sign of maturity, growth is when you can really stay focused and play when you're going through an internally frustrating moment.
“Obviously, Patric wanted to be out there. The two fouls he picked up were not his fault. But we just need him to come and be the defender that he's been for us all year.”
Certainly, Florida fans should see a motivated Young on the floor against Dayton. Because another attribute of this team is the resilience the players have shown to bounce back from poor performances.
“It's possibly my last game of my last season,” said Young. “I've never been to a Final Four. We've got a chance to be the best team in Florida history. We've got an opportunity to win a national championship. What more motivation do you need to go out and play your best?”