Scottie Wilbekin starts with steals, finishes with clutch 3 for Florida

Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) shoots a layup past Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) during the first half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) shoots a layup past Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) during the first half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Scottie Wilbekin ignited Florida’s fast start and provided the finishing kick down the stretch as the No. 3 Gators defeated Tennessee 67-58 Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Comments » 2

Volsreign1 writes:

Why do you let your team fight to get back in it. Let them hit a big three which gets them within 2 with all the momentum, them immediately call a time out which destroys that momentum letting the other team take back control. I'll never understand that strategy.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Volsreign1:

Why do you let your team fight to get back in it. Let them hit a big three which gets them within 2 with all the momentum, them immediately call a time out which destroys that momentum letting the other team take back control. I'll never understand that strategy.

A good point worth raising twice. See my reply on the Mike Strange article.

I confess that I was not a real Scottie Wilbekin fan. He was always fast and tough, but earlier in his career I thought he was jerky, quirky, and unreliable. I think he has had a couple of disciplinary contretemps with Donovan.

But last night, and indeed most of this season that I have seen of him, he has been nothing but a cold-blooded assassin. He doesn't make every shot but he makes the ones the team needs. He is almost never out of position on defense, not only in terms of being in the right spots on the floor but also in a perfect attacking stance. Thanks in large part to him, this Florida team looks to me as if they are going to make another deep NCAA run this year.

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