Donovan bracing for upgraded Wildcats lineup

2012-12-13T12:59:00Z 2012-12-13T13:07:06Z Donovan bracing for upgraded Wildcats lineupBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Florida coach Billy Donovan is bracing for a much different opponent than the one the Gators beat in overtime last season in Gainesville, Fla.

Here's some remarks from Donovan during his news conference Wednesday in Gainesville, that were forwarded courtesy of the Gainesville Sun's Kevin Brockway:

"They are very, very talented, very, very gifted," Donovan said. "They lost some pieces from last year from their team that came here...They’ve got a lot of depth, a lot of experience and they’re an older group on the perimeter. I think from a recruiting standpoint, up front, Tarczewski has given them some very good minutes, Ashley, Jerrett, they’ve got some very talented young guys that have size and length.

"I think the difference in their team from last year to this year is last year they played very small, they were an undersized team, they played Perry a lot at the center spot, Solomon Hill at the four and Hill will go back and forth between the three and the four, but they are a basketball team in my opinion like us that can do a lot of different things.

"I think when you go against good teams there are a lot of different ways good teams can win games, they can win playing fast, they can win playing slow, they can win by going inside, they can win by knocking down shots, they can win by getting to the free throw line and I think Arizona can do all of those things."


Some other Florida items of possible interest:

-- ESPN's Jason King takes a look at the way Florida coach Billy Donovan has returned the Gators to national prominence.

-- Florida has spent much of its long break on items other than basketball.

-- Florida has the ability to throw a big or smaller lineup at the Wildcats.

-- Donovan, who once changed his mind after accepting an offer to coach the Orlando Magic, still hasn't ruled out coaching in the NBA.

-- We had a feature on Florida forward Will Yeguete, who is at the heart of the Gators' well-regarded defense.


Kyryl Natyazhko says playing and living at Arizona was a "life experience" now that he's adjusting to life as a pro in Europe.


Mustafa Shakur will be playing in an Italian all-star game.


Rondae Jefferson says "sometimes it's like a dream around here" playing for powerhouse Chester High School, which extended its winning streak to 59 games on Tuesday.


Kyle Anderson is making the adjustment to forward at UCLA.


Arsalan Kazemi won't say much about why he left Rice but he did acknowledge being welcomed by fellow Iranians at Oregon.


 Andre Roberson had 20 rebounds in Colorado's win at Fresno State.


Cameron Dollar and Lorenzo Romar had a chat before Washington's game with Seattle U tonight (8 p.m. ROOT).


Also tonight, WSU will host Jackson State at 8 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks.


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