A Day in the Life


How the Gators spent Saturday at the NCAA Tournament (all times Central):

11 a.m. ” After a late night because they played the last game of the first round, the players don’t have their first meal until 11 a.m. That is followed by a video session focusing on Purdue.

1 p.m. ” Treatment for players nursing bumps and bruises. They are iced down and loosened up.

2:30 p.m. ” Sandwiches are served in an informal setting. It’s optional but the idea is to provide fuel for the upcoming practice. “We’re always eating,” says Matt McCall, UF’s director of basketball operations.

3:30 p.m. ” Leave the J.W. Marriott for the New Orleans Arena.

3:45 p.m. ” Three players (Chris Richard, Lee Humphrey and Taurean Green) meet with the media in the interview area. The remainder of the team stays in the locker room where the media has access. Most chew gum and listen to music as Joakim Noah entertains.

4 p.m. ” Billy Donovan meets with the media for 20 minutes while the locker room remains open to the media.

4:45 p.m. ” Practice. Florida goes through a 90-minute workout at the New Orleans Arena. Unlike Thursday’s practice, this one is closed to the media and fans.

6:30 p.m. ” Another team meal in a ballroom at the Marriott.

7:30 p.m. ” Free time. Players get together with their families if they are here. But they are not permitted to leave the hotel except for team functions. “We’re on a business trip,” Al Horford says. “One day I hope to come back here and see New Orleans.”

10 p.m. ” Team meeting and more video on Purdue. “There’s such a quick turnaround, we don’t watch our team on video unless it’s a quick edit of an individual player,” McCall says. Snacks are served.

11 p.m. ” Back to the rooms. There is no real curfew since the players aren’t going anywhere.