Florida looked great in their 75-62 victory over Tennessee. The Gators moved to 20-8, and 9-4 in the SEC and, more importantly, showed an NCAA Tournament Selection Committee member who was at the game that they belong in the field. Erving Walker and Chandler Parsons were outstanding scoring 19 points apiece. Walker went off from trifecta sinking three in the second half. Parsons was solid. He was eight-of-12 from the field and added eight rebounds. Vernon Macklin also played well for the Gators with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Florida could have solidified their spot in the NCAA barring any disaster like losing their last three games and going one and out in SEC Tournament. They should be in along with Kentucky, Vandy and UT.
Scotty Hopson scored 20 for UT. He was four-of-eight from trifecta. Wayne Chism fouled out and came hobbling off the floor. The guy is sore all over including a knee. He needs to be healthy for UT. Everybody is sore right now, but Chism looks really banged up. The Vols need him to perform. UT dropped to 20-7 and 8-5.
I really like Billy Donovan, Florida's coach, a lot. He seems to get the most out of his players every year. This is his 12th straight 20-win season. He is an outstanding coach. Florida played like a team with a sense of urgency last night. Probably locked up a tourney spot. Florida's only flaw was their 16-of-24 mark from the free throw line. Donovan said he was disappointed in that in his postgame. They must get better at free throws.
Georgetown was also very impressive in their 70-60 victory over Louisville. Gtown should be in. Louisville still has some work, though they are in fairly good shape. They need to play well to close out the season. The Big East is so rugged with the top eight or nine teams, that it's a toss up on who'll win night in and night out.
Austin Freeman was fantastic for the Hoyas with 29 points including five-of-six from trifecta and six-of-six from the line. He was nine-of-12 shooting overall. Greg Monroe had 16 points and 14 boards. Edgar Sosa led the Cardinals with 24.
Georgetown moved to 19-7 and 9-6 in Big East while Lville fell to 18-10 and 9-6.
I just think the Selection Committee likes the Big East and will give teams on the brink the benefit of the doubt and select them, assuming they finish reasonably well with three games left and the tourney coming up. I'm still thinking eight teams, nine an outside shot, and seven for sure for the Big East.
All four of these teams should make the tourney.