Always difficult to come away with a victory when playing down in Gainesville. However, the Dawgs can get it done. Here are my five keys.
1) Watch for the trap
Florida runs a 2-2-1 full court press. The way to beat it is by using a 1-1-1-2 concept in bringing the ball up.
In other words, Georgia should keep a man behind the guard dribbling the ball up the floor, If the trap comes, UGA's guard should throw the ball back to the guard trailing the action. That guard should then have the angle to advance the ball quickly.
In addition, there should be a guy posted in the middle of the floor, and two guys on the baseline, close enough to their hoop so our guys have to be guarded, but far enough away so that they can become an outlet on the side of the floor, if needed.
In no case should we dribble the ball to the corner and stop. They will run us out of the gym if we give them easy steals and transition buckets.
Georgia's three-guard line-up of Gaines, Frazier and Mann should be able to break Florida's press.
2) Make them shoot over the top
UF does not have a guy this year like Michael Frazier II, who was Florida's designated three-point marksman last season. He set the Florida record for three-pointers made in a season, and once made 11 in a game against South Carolina. Frazier declared for the NBA draft last season.
Since Florida struggles with outside shooting, I would sag on their on-ball screens and make sure the screen-man diving to the hoop isn't open.
KeVaughn Allen is a guy who can shoot the ball pretty well, but even still I'd make him prove that he is hot, before risking giving Florida the chance to drive the ball to the hole and make relatively easy shots or get our guys in foul trouble.
3) Don't fall for the fake shot-clock
Some of their fans have started yelling out a count-down, as if the shot clock is going down to zero. Our point guards should keep track of the actual clock and ignore their fans.
4) Run when we can
If we get some turnovers, or rebound some of their long misses, we have to push the ball up the floor and score quickly. Let's take their crowd out of the game.
5) Play the match-ups
That means, use the match-up zone some. Cut off their guards' penetration angles and avoid getting our guards in foul trouble. But it also means that Fox should utilize his bench. Give Ogbeide and Mike Edwards enough time for them to get Egbunu in foul trouble.
We owe Mike White one. Let's go to Gainesville and come back with the W.