COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 15: Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan looks on during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Value City Arena on November 15, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Florida 81-74. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
A couple guards got hot? Something weird happened? One player on the other team decided to bomb away on Erving Walker? Erv had the sort of game that makes Gators fans panic about whether he can effectively run the team? Huh, it's almost like I could have predicted Florida's 78-65 win over Wright State before it happened.
In order, those things: Kenny Boynton and Brad Beal both got hot and led all scorers with 22 points, though Boynton bombed six threes for most of his, while Beal made nine of 11 free throws on the way to his number; Patric Young took a poke to the eye in the first half and didn't return until late in the game; the Raiders' Julius Mays fired away for 21 points, making eight of 11 shots and three of five threes; and Walker continued his early struggles, going two for nine from the field and committing five turnovers.
Mike Rosario had 11 points for the Gators, and led the team with seven rebounds. Walker had eight assists, despite decision-making that was, well, very much in keeping with who he is.
Look, I'm not going to lie to you and say that I'm really upset about missing most of this one. But some of these early season games are just about getting wins, even ugly and uninspiring ones.
Florida lost to Jacksonville last year. The Dolphins come to Gainesville on Friday. Let's see if these Gators have learned their lesson about that team then, and let's not worry ourselves to death about a basketball team that's still adjusting to a new paradigm.
After all, we have a football team struggling to do the same thing to worry about, don't we?