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Defensive effort fuels Florida run

Defensive effort fuels Florida run

Billy Donovan used his plan to perfection. Facing a young Kansas team starting four freshmen for the first time in school history, the Florida head coach wanted to throw everything he had at the Jayhawks on the defensive end of the floor. The Gators flipped between 1-3-1 and 2-3 zones while stifling the Kansas offense and eventually securing a 67-61 win over the Jayhawks.

"Playing against us, there's a lot you have to get ready for," Billy Donovan said. Florida mixed in some of its man-to-man defense in the early going before the zone wreaked the havoc necessary to get into a comfortable lead. Kansas took a 10-3 lead after Frank Mason hit a three-pointer with 15:55 left in the first half. It was the last time the Jayhawks scored for 8:43 on the clock. By the time...

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