Dan Bonner on the Florida Gators
Dan Bonner of CBS Sports joined Jeff Thurn on Monday's edition of Overtime.
Bonner is a college basketball analyst for CBS, and is calling games for the network during the NCAA tournament.
Bonner on how Florida was able to get past Pittsburgh on Saturday to advance to the Sweet Sixteen against UCLA:
"Well, I think the key part with Florida, particularly in the back court, they are so athletic, quick, and dominated the Pitt back court. I was surprised by that, and I had seen Pitt play a couple of times, and had been very impressed with their back court, but Florida took that back court right out of the game and if you are dominated at the guard spot, it's really hard to score. Pitt really had a tough time scoring. They scored 46 points in their first half Thursday night against Colorado, but only managed 45 in the whole game against Florida and that was the story right there."
That Gators beat Pittsburgh, 61-45. Scottie Wilbekin led Florida with 21 points, and Michael Frazier II chipped in 10 points. Talib Zanna led the Panthers with 10 points.
Bonner discusses any weaknesses that could make the Gators vulnerable down the stretch in the NCAA tournament:
"Yeah, as a matter in fact I do. They are a team that even though they have won 28 games in a row, they have actually played in eight games that were decided by five points or less. Five of those games were decided by two points or less. So, they have not played as an absolute dominant team. They haven't outscored their opponents by 20 points a game, like Louisville has, for example. So, I think Florida is a team that has to play really well together. They have to make shots. I don't think guys like Wilbekin can get into foul trouble or can get hurt. I think and I said they were bigger than I thought of being muscular and in guards, but they may have a bad match-up with UCLA. I'm certainly not predicting that UCLA will win, but UCLA is so long and tall in the back court. I think that may create some problems for them."
UCLA and Florida play on Thursday at 8:45 CDT.
To hear more of Thurn's interview with Bonner, listen below:
Catch Thurn on Overtime tomorrow, as he will interview Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall.
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