Florida Gators Come Up Short in the SEC Tournament

Jim FolsomContributorMarch 13, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 12:  Head coach Billy Donovan talks to Kenny Boynton #1 and Erving Walker #11 of the Florida Gators during their 77 to 66 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores the semifinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It was a very disappointing end to a great SEC season for the Florida Gators on Sunday in Atlanta.

The Gators had one of those days where the ball just wouldn't drop for them. Credit Kentucky's defenseit was stellar. But there were times when Florida had a chance to hit that big shot to get them going and couldn't hit it.

Florida had a great run in the tournament up until that point. They had to face two tough East Division opponents to get to the final in Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Florida had defeated both teams twice before. It's never easy to beat a team three times in one season. But these Gators did that. That is something to be proud of.

The Gators finish with the SEC Championship and will likely be a number three seed in the NCAA Tournament.

A Sweet Sixteen run for this team would be great. Going into the SEC season I was hoping for ten wins. The team got 13.

I was hoping for at least a semi final run in the SEC Tournament. The team got to the final.

So maybe Florida can continue to over achieve in the NCAA Tournament.

There are things Florida needs to work on before the Tournament, though.

Finishing strong around the rim is one of them. Florida missed way too many around the basket today. There have been several games like that this year.

The Gators cannot afford to have a game like that in the Big Dance or it will be "see ya next year."

The team also cannot get afraid to go inside just because they're are having trouble converting inside.

The Gators get too impatient and start looking for three-point shots. But those shots weren't there because UK was looking for them, since the ball never went into the paint.

Billy Donovan was upset that the Gators were not going to the line enough. Part of that was because the Gators weren't taking it to the rim. Part of it was Kentucky just played excellent defense.

Trust your offense in the NCAAs Gators and you should do well.