Four questions with … No. 8 Andy Owens


Published: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 11:16 a.m.

Where he’s now: Owens is a Circuit Judge in Sarasota.

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Andy Owens,(#45) holds the Uhiversity of Florida all-time single-season scoring record. Owens played for the Gators from 1967 to 1970.

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1. What was your experience like at the University of Florida?

“Other than my marriage, it was the best best experience I’ve ever had. The University of Florida made the difference as far as I’m concerned in my career and in my life. It was a fabulous experience.”

2. What part of your game do you feel improved while you were a Gator?

“Like with everyone, technically you get much stronger. Certainly, if you’ve ever looked at my record, my assist rate didn’t go up, but I think my offensive skills improved the most. I did not have a whole lot of assists.”

3. How has the game changed since you were playing?

“Just the athleticism is so far superior than anything when I was playing. The very best in me era, Pete Maravich, is the only player I’m aware of that would be a better player today than when he played with us in that era. We’d be lucky to even make a team now. Just the athleticism, but that’s true in every sport.”

4. What was your favorite game at Florida?

“Playing LSU at home against Pete Maravich my senior year when he also was a senior. We did (win), that’s why I love it. I was attempting to guard Pete, which was just like waving a flag when he went by me. But we were quite a bit ahead. I came down one time and he said, ‘Owens, if you get the ball, I’ll let you score, I just want the ball back.’ As soon as I got the ball I made one fake and he moved four feet out of the way. He wanted the ball back.”

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