Florida has relied heavily on its starting backcourt for offense and minutes this season.
So as the calendar turns to February there has to be at least some concern to how much sophomore Erving Walker and freshman Kenny Boynton have left in the tank. Boynton is averaging a team high 32.7 minutes per game. Walker is right behind Boynton at 32.6 minutes per game.
Tennessee came into its matchup with Florida intent in stopping Walker and Boynton and it worked. Boynton and Walker combined for nearly as many turnovers (10) as points (13) against the Vols. Both combined to shoot 1-for-11 from 3-point range.
Boynton said he’s not concerned about hitting the “freshman wall” that comes from increased games and the longer season compared to high school. He took advantage of UF’s day off of practice on Monday.
“I’m feeling good but I have to keep moving forward,” Boynton said. “I think they prepare us well for it because next day after games we come in and stretch and we have good conditioning during the offseason.”
Boynton said he did stop by the UF basketball facilityon Monday to study film to address his shooting woes. After an 0-for-5 perfromance from 3-point range against Tennessee, Boynton dropped to 3-for-17 from 3-point range over his last three games.
Boynton said he noticed he is back to shooting the ball on the way down from his jump.
“I worked on that in my individuals and I was hitting shots when I when I was open,” Boynton said.
The 5-foot-8 Walker, meanwhile, said he plans to work closely with UF coach Billy Donovan in practice this week after committing a season-high six turnovers against Tennessee.
“I’m pretty sure coach will put me in the right situation where I will be successful at that,” Walker said. “(Tennessee) did a good job turning me over a couple of times but I think I did a better job in the second half and I was more prepared for it.”
Do you think Florida will win any of its remaining road games?
I would say Florida has little to no chance to beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena. But at this point, road games at South Carolina, at Ole Miss and at Georgia are all winnable depending on UF’s approach.