t started right away with a championship in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament. After 17 straight wins to start the season, Donovan’s Gators — who started the season unranked — were second in the nation in the Associated Press poll.
One problem Donovan felt a need to address was sharpshooter Lee Humphrey’s reluctance at times to take shots.
Grant served for 10 years as an assistant to Billy Donovan at UF
For example, you could take the position that Florida’s basketball team was getting better at the end of the season and you believed the Gators were going to make a deep and fun run.
It was supposed to be the day to imagine the possibilities: all the tantalizing matchups, the upsets-in-the-makings, the favorites, and, of course, the underdogs — so many underdogs — that would pop up on the 68 lines to set the table for America over the next three weeks.
The tournament has been canceled
The loss to UK knocked Florida out of the double-bye of a No. 2 seed to a No. 5 seed. The Bulldogs, ironically, came back from a 16-point deficit to beat the Gators in Gainesville earlier this year. UF will begin play Thursday afternoon against the Ole Miss-Georgia winner.
But the focus, of course, is on the 40 minutes of action itself.
He’s been at his best over the last 10 games, averaging 16.4 points and 8.7 rebounds while helping the Gators solidify an NCAA Tournament berth for the fourth straight year.
Keyontae Johnson had 18 points for Florida (19-11, 11-6 Southeastern Conference), which had to recover after trailing by 13 points early in the game. The Gators had good reason for confidence. They overcame a 22-point deficit in their win over the Bulldogs last month.