|How to beat Florida|
"They want to make it a 94-foot game, so if you make them defend six or seven passes each time in your half-court offense, their legs won't be as good in the press or in their shots," says one SEC assistant coach whose team beat Florida. He adds that point guard Teddy Dupay is a weak link when he tries to look for his own shot and that it's worthwhile to tempt Dupay and forward Mike Miller to shoot from outside: "If you back off them a little, they'll hold the ball and put up some threes they shouldn't. You can take charges on Miller because he drives so much, but you're better off making him a jump shooter." When Brett Nelson is in for Dupay, the strategy changes. "Nelson can get too fancy," says the assistant. "Try to be physical with him and not let him get a head of steam in the open court." North Carolina may give the Gators problems, the assistant notes: "Being physical with them at both ends was key for us. [Center Udonis] Haslem is only 6'6", so he'll have trouble scoring over Brendan Haywood and Kris Lang. Haslem is a black hole. If the ball goes in to him, it ain't coming out."
Issue date: April 3, 2000