It’s been somewhat of a quirky season for Florida.
But if the Gators have proved anything, it’s that less time between games has equaled better results.
Florida is 5-0 in this season when having two days or less to prepare for an opponent. When having four or more days between games, the Gators are 5-5.
Florida has won six of its nine Southeastern Conference games this season on Thursday-Saturday turnarounds. Granted, five of those six wins came against the weaker SEC West. But Florida also looked much sharper going in the road and beating Ole Miss off a game against Auburn then it did a week later going to Georgia after a Tuesday game against Tennessee.
Florida coach Billy Donovan doesn’t buy into the theory that his team plays better on short rest. Florida junior forward Chandler Parsons, likewise, didn’t have an explanation for it.
“I wish I could tell you,” Parsons said. “It shouldn’t really matter how much rest you have. Obviously, you are not going to get tired with longer rest, you have more legs. But playing Thursday-Saturdays I don’t think fazes us. It’s what we do growing up, playing AAU three games a day.”
If the trend holds up, it doesn’t bode well for Florida’s chances Sunday against No. 3 Kentucky. But it will come in handy the following week when Florida plays in the SEC Tournament and there is only a day between games (provided Florida wins in the first round).
Of course, Florida’s first two opponents in the tournament will come against the SEC West. The Gators went 6-0 against the west division in the regular season. Again, another positive trend for UF.