GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida coach Billy Donovan has pinpointed the cause of his team's early season struggles and its recent surge.
Both have everything to do with chemistry.
The 12th-ranked Gators lacked on-court cohesiveness in November and December, but have since figured it out. It's a big reason Florida won eight of its last nine games, clinched the Southeastern Conference championship for the fifth time in school history, and earned a No. 1 seed and first-round bye in this week's SEC tournament.
It also should make the Gators (24-6, 13-3), who will face Tennessee or Arkansas in the second round Friday, a threat in the NCAA bracket.
Donovan says the hardest thing for a coach to create is chemistry. The Gators certainly had their problems earlier this season.