Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Preview of NCAA Southeast Regional


What UCSB does Well: The Gauchos rank 22nd nationally in free-throw shooting (.755), and are also good shooters from the floor. Orlando Johnson, a 6-foot-5 guard, leads UCSB and the Big West Conference with 21.1 points per game.

UCSB's weaknesses: Florida has been a good rebounding team all season and should hold a decided advantage here. The Gauchos have a -0.3 rebounding margin, with four players who average between four and 6.3 rebounds per game.

What Florida will need to do to win: Florida must establish an inside presence and give its guards room to shoot, as they showed in the SEC Tournament for proof. In the semifinal, Florida controlled the post, knocked down outside shots and scored 49 in the second half. Against Kentucky, they struggled with both and scored 25.

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