March Madness 2011 Predictions: Kenny Boynton Is Going to Make or Break Florida
March Madness 2011 Predictions For The Florida Gators Hinge On The Play Of Kenny Boynton
The Florida Gators are a hard team to figure out. On one hand they have one of the best coaches in college basketball in Billy Donovan, a guy who's won two National Championships, and one of the most talented starting lineups in the country.
But on the other hand, they also look the part of a team that doesn't play up to its potential some nights and lost at home to Jacksonville back in December. That led to many college basketball experts suggesting the Gators were over-seeded as a No. 2 in the Southeast region.
The Gators have the potential to prove the doubters wrong, as well as the pure talent at forward and guard. But there's the question of moving the ball around, and guard Kenny Boynton among others putting up a ton of shots from the perimeter. Boynton can be a solid shooter, but he has a tendency to throw up shots indiscriminately, as proven by his 4-for-15 shooting effort against Ohio State.
That's not a problem, but when Vernon Macklin and Chandler Parsons are sitting in the paint and waiting for a ball that never comes, that can be a problem. Now Boynton's shouldn't get all the blame, as Erving Walker is just as much to blame. But it's pretty clear that the Gators are a much better team when Macklin and Parsons are involved.
But if Boynton and Walker get trigger-happy, that's a bad sign for the Gators. Especially if they're shooting like they did against Ohio State earlier in the season and taking bad shots. If that's the case, couldn't you see one of those two taking a bad shot in the final seconds with the game on the line while Macklin and Parsons watch?
Florida has the talent, it's just a matter of which team shows up.
For more March Madness, head to Bleacher Report's March Madness page, where you can find a printable bracket and a guest column by Northern Colorado coach B.J. Hill.
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