No. 1 Florida survives a scare from No. 16 Albany

Shayn Roby’s Take: A scare did no harm. The Gators will most likely be sharp on Saturday. They still will probably take down the nets after they win the National Championship.


Florida entered the NCAA tournament as the No. 1 seed in the South Region, the No. 1 overall seed, the No. 1 team in the country and the favorite to win a national title.

And in their opener against No. 16 seed Albany, they looked anything but the part.

The Great Danes led until late in the first half, tied the game up at 39 with less than 15 minutes left and were not out of contention until the final minutes, losing 67-55, despite the fact that their two leading scorers combined for just nine points on 2-for-18 shooting.

Safe to say, Billy Donovan was not happy with the performance.

“To be honest with you, I’m a little bit baffled with our team right now. I really am,” he said during the postgame interview.

What was wrong?

Frankly, it looked like the Gators expected to walk into the gym…

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