The Texas A&M Aggies were the latest SEC team that was no match for the No. 3 Florida Gators. SEC basketball is down, few will argue otherwise. But during UF's 69-36 rout of Texas A&M Saturday, the Gators were playing against themselves and battling human nature as much as the Aggies. "We try to be great every possession," sophomore shooting guard Michael Frazier II said. "So it doesn't matter who we're playing. We're playing against a standard we have at Florida. It's not about the team that's in the other jerseys. "We have to understand we have to chase greatness to be great." Winners of 13 straight games and 27 in a row at home, the Gators are keeping pace with their goals. UF (19-2, 8-0) is off to best start since the school won its second national title in 2006-07. Few teams left on the SEC schedule may challenge the Gators and leave them battle tested for an NCAA Tournament run. That's where coach Billy Donovan comes in. The future Hall of Fame coach demands maximum effort at all times from his players. It's not always easy to get. After all, the Gators led A&M, losers of five straight, by more than 30 points during the game's final 10 minutes. "There's a certain standard you got to play to," Donovan said. "You get up 30 points and there's six or seven minutes to go, are you still chasing and pursuing and trying to be the best you can be because the scoreboard say it's OK to relax and coast? But you have a job to do. "We talk a lot about every possession playing the best to our ability, five guys being connected." It took a little while Saturday for the Gators to come together. UF missed it first nine 3-point shots and did not have an assist for the game's opening 15 minutes, instead relying on hustle and lockdown defense to build their lead. Senior center Patric Young led the way.
No. 3 Gators don't let up during 69-36 win over Texas A&M
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Feb 2