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Wilbekin learned from benching

Wilbekin continues to mature

Florida head coach Billy Donovan was hoping it would go this way. He removed point guard Scottie Wilbekin from the starting lineup on Saturday because he didn't like where the junior's head was. It served as an opportunity to refocus. Wilbekin has always been a player that takes the court with a chip on his shoulder. After a down performance at Arkansas, he didn't have that chip anymore.

Without the chip, Scottie Wilbekin wasn't himself. He didn't have the same drive or command of the offense in practice as the Gators started to prepare for Mississippi State. Billy Donovan tried to reel him in. They had multiple conversations on Thursday and another one on Friday before Donovan made the decision. "My biggest thing with Scottie is I have such a high opinion and a high regard for...

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