Prepping for the Knights


Here are the projected starting lineups for Florida’s game Saturday in Jacksonville against UCF:


G Walter Hodge 6-1 Sr. 8.0 ppg, 2.1 apg
G Nick Calathes 6-6 So. 15.0 ppg, 6.7 apg
G Erving Walker 5-8 Fr. 9.0 ppg, 2.9 apg
F Dan Werner 6-8 Jr. 11.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg
C Alex Tyus 6-8 So. 13.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg


G Taylor Young 6-1 So. 5.3 ppg, 2.9 apg
G A.J. Rompza 5-9 Fr. 4.8 ppg, 4.6 apg
G Isaac Sosa 6-3 Fr. 9.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg
G Jermaine Taylor 6-4 Sr., 21.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg
F Kenrick Vonderzan 6-9 Sr., 3.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg

Some talking points:

* Florida coach Billy Donovan said freshman forward Allan Chaney has been bothered by a mid right-foot sprain that forced him to miss practices earlier this week. Chaney returned to practice Thursday. Chaney lost his starting job to freshman guard Erving Walker following the Missouri-Kansas City game and his minutes have dwindled of late. “Some of the teams we’ve played against, being a little smaller, it’s worked out better for us lineup-wise to go with a smaller lineup,” Donovan said. “I know going into the SEC it’s not going be like that. I think when we played against Washington and played against Syracuse, Allan did a good job. I’ve still got confidence in him. (Freshman center) Kenny (Kadji) has been doing well. Kenny’s gotten better. Some of our frontcourt guys have shown some growth.”

* Donovan acknowledged that Florida needs to find ways to get senior guard Walter Hodge more involved in the offense. “To me a guy like Walter Hodge shouldn’t go through an entire game and only get two shots,” Donovan said, referring to Hodge’s two field-goal attempt outing in a loss to Syracuse. Hodge is averaging just a shade more than six shot attempts per game. “Walt can make big shots,” sophomore point guard Nick Calathes said. “We need him to get off early and be aggressive and come off the curls. I’m going to try to find him. When he’s open in the corner, he’s going to knock it down for us so he’s definitely one of the key guys. We need to get him going so we have him going for the rest of the season.”

* Donovan said he’s concerned about the problems UCF senior guard Jermaine Taylor presents. Taylor ranks second in Conference USA in scoring at 21.3 points per game. “He may be the most under-exposed player in America in my opinion, just watching him play,” Donovan said. “He’s good enough to play anywhere in America. He can score in the mid-range. He shoots 3s. He’s got great athleticism off the floor. He can put it on the floor. He can create.”