Florida Gators fall short in SEC quarterfinals

The hottest team in the Southeastern Conference may very well have torched the University of Florida 's hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament . Full Story
yeagators

Boca Raton, FL

#1 Mar 14, 2009
A decent season, but our lack of inside play really hurt us this season....Speights leaving for the NBA really killed our rebounding etc...all season.....

NIT I''m guessing.....

Since: Aug 08

AOL

#2 Mar 14, 2009
GO, TIGERS, GOOOOO!!!!!
HUFFING

United States

#3 Mar 14, 2009
back to back n.c.to back to back nit
Billy Donovan

Orlando, FL

#4 Mar 14, 2009
Thanks for all of the cash Gator fans, at least I'm earning my paycheck by taking the team to the post season. I think we've got a nice chance to make it to the final four of the NIT.
Leonard Hamilton

Winter Park, FL

#5 Mar 14, 2009
I wish I could be Billy.
Leonard Hamilton

Shreveport, LA

#6 Mar 14, 2009
Just kidding...Got to go now and get ready for UNC then the NCAA MARCH MADNESS...Billy "Eddie Munster" Donovan, enjoy the No Intrest Tournament
Gator Nashun

Winter Springs, FL

#7 Mar 14, 2009
Its great to be in the NIT.
Its great to be in the NIT.
Its great to be in the NIT.
Nobama

Miami, FL

#10 Mar 14, 2009
Leonard Hamilton wrote:
I wish I could be Billy.
Who would've thought that Free Shoe would be the only Fla. school in the Tourney? Leonard Part 6 has done a great job up there. Billy should've left flr the NBA before his stock fell like the Dow Jones.
Hoops Fan

Orlando, FL

#11 Mar 14, 2009
yeagators wrote:
A decent season, but our lack of inside play really hurt us this season....Speights leaving for the NBA really killed our rebounding etc...all season.....
NIT I''m guessing.....
I thought Speights was overrated and was glad to see him leave for the NBA. He lacked hustle and intensity to play on a team that runs the full court press. I was more impressed with Chris Richards and David Lee than Speights.

The Gators had a good perimeter game with Walker and Calathes, but lacked the inside game.

If Billy D was in the NBA, he could find comfort in the fact that more than 50% of teams, even some with losing records, advance to the playoffs.
Wired

Orlando, FL

#12 Mar 14, 2009
Poor little Gators. Got a flat tire.
Paulinfl

United States

#13 Mar 14, 2009
Soft non-conference schedule doesn't impress the NCAA for the tournament selection. Even if they get in,they're one and done.
So Cal Rules

United States

#14 Mar 14, 2009
Paulinfl wrote:
Soft non-conference schedule doesn't impress the NCAA for the tournament selection. Even if they get in,they're one and done.
Yeah, you can't get away with playing the sisters of the poor in basketball, unlike in football whre the system is a sham.
Hoops Fan

Orlando, FL

#15 Mar 14, 2009
So Cal Rules wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, you can't get away with playing the sisters of the poor in basketball, unlike in football whre the system is a sham.
Maybe if the PAC-10 was a better football conference, So Cal would not have to boast it's non-conference schedule. The real SHAM was USC's overrated non-conference schedule that included UVA, "THE" Ohio State Yuckeyes, and Notre Dame.

You can't earn a national championship with conference and non-conference soft schedule and finishing the season by beating the #8 team.

On top of that, the boys of Troy may not even get a call to the NIT, Not In Tournament.
rickyblaque

Hialeah, FL

#16 Mar 14, 2009
Billy hit the jackpot with his unheralded class that brought in Noah, Horford, Brewer and Green. His current problems stem from the way his last two heralded recruiting classes have flopped. He really bought a pig in the poke with Parsons, Vargas and Kadji. I still can't figure out why he signed Parsons after Leonard Hamilton rejected parson's FSU commitment. This current team also has chemistry problems and I think they have a problem with a perceived favoritism toward Calathes. This is why they are going to their 2nd straight NIT.
GatorDad

Miami, FL

#17 Mar 14, 2009
Two words:

Kenny. Boynton.

Done
Gatoralum

Hollywood, FL

#18 Mar 14, 2009
Thats alright we got two rings which is more then the stupid cane and criminole fans can say about there programs when it comes to basketball or any other sport for that matter
rickyblaque

Hialeah, FL

#19 Mar 14, 2009
Gatoralum wrote:
Thats alright we got two rings which is more then the stupid cane and criminole fans can say about there programs when it comes to basketball or any other sport for that matter
Kenny Boynton is a great player and one of the best shooters I've seen but just like Calathes, he is a chemistry problem. Who cares about the canes and noles, they are irrelevant. Billy needs to recruit guys again who can play a team game.
Professor Pigskin

Orlando, FL

#20 Mar 15, 2009
rickyblaque wrote:
Billy hit the jackpot with his unheralded class that brought in Noah, Horford, Brewer and Green. His current problems stem from the way his last two heralded recruiting classes have flopped. He really bought a pig in the poke with Parsons, Vargas and Kadji. I still can't figure out why he signed Parsons after Leonard Hamilton rejected parson's FSU commitment. This current team also has chemistry problems and I think they have a problem with a perceived favoritism toward Calathes. This is why they are going to their 2nd straight NIT.
Brewer was McDonald's All-American. Horford, Noah, and Green were not McDonald's All-Americans, but were recruited by other major programs. Billy D changed his recruiting strategy after all the headaches he had with previous players like Walsh, Roberson, Dreijer who were talented and highly rated recruits, but difficult to coach and get them into team play.

Parsons was Calathes's teammate at Lake Howell HS. Those 2 players have very good chemistry and are very aware of where each other is and will be on the court. I agree, without Calahes, Parsons may not be an impact player or get many minutes.

The problem with the 2008-2998 UF team is that it lacks the size and strength for inside the paint game. Good perimeter game and players, but that is not going to help you when you play a physical team from the Big East or Big 10.

A lot of good programs like Syracuse, Georgetown, Maryland, and others have been to the NIT more than once in recent seasons. FSU hoops fans should know better than others that it takes more than a winning record to make it to the Big Dance.

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