More on Hodge


More on Hodge

You may have noticed on TV that Walter Hodge had the name “kiki” shaved in script letters on the right side of his head. That’s for his two-and-a-half year old daughter, Kaylanis, who was watching the game with Hodge’s wife back home in their native Puerto Rico.

“It’s something she can look at on TV and point at,” Hodge said. “She gets all excited and calls out ‘Daddy! Daddy!'”

Hodge said the shot to put Florida ahead of Washington to stay
with 1:01 remaining was the second-biggest in his career, referencing
the biggest as the one he hit against Kentucky. It was hard to figure
out if he was talking about a 3-pointer he hit last year in overtime
against Kentucky, or the bunch he made two years ago during the
regular-season finale at theO’Dome. Either way, I’d have to disagree and say this was Hodge’s biggest career shot.

Both Hodge and Nick Calathes said the play was designed for Hodge
in the corner, but Florida coach Billy Donovan said it was just part of
of the offensive set, “If he was covered, we would have kept running
offense,” Donovan said. Hodge was wide open because Washington freshman
guard Isaiah Thomas went over to help on a screen. “We knew he was a
good shooter,” Washington coach LorenzoRomar said of Hodge. “We let him get away from us.”
Other thoughts on the game
— With the way freshman forward Allan Chaney played Wednesday
night, don’t be surprised if he starts again Sunday in Orlando against
Missouri-Kansas City. Asked about the move to replace Chandler Parsons
with Chaney after the game, Donovan said. “If Chandler is going to be a
player who relies on his offense, he’s going to need to shoot the ball
better. He did hit a three tonight but he finished 2-for-8 (from the
floor.) He’s doing some other good things, getting rebounds and
assists, and maybe in a way this relaxes him a little bit.”

— I know Florida had a late charter flight to catch back home,
but Billy should have kept his team in the arena to watch the final
against Kansas and Syracuse. It would have taught them a thing or two
about the intensity you need to play on defense to be successful at the
highest level.