Top seed Florida has a shot to rebound in this NCAA Tournament. The Gators started slow, but rallied in the end to beat 16th seed Albany Thursday night.
Saturday afternoon, Florida faces 9th seed Pittsburgh. Florida re-focuses, blocks out distractions and plans to start fast with much more energy in this third-round game.
One big key to Florida's success this season: the sharp-shooting of Michael Frazier II. But, Frazier only hit one three-point shot in the Gators' opening win. The sophomore guard needs to keep shooting -- just ask his dad.
"When he steps across half court, he needs to shoot the basketball... just keep shooting," advises Michael Frazier Senior.
Michael Frazier II was born in Gainesville, grew up in Tampa, now he's back in Gainesville playing for the top-ranked Gators. He evolved into a starter this season. He's the only underclassman starting with four seniors.
"I've come a long way," Michael said. "And, I still have a long way to go, but this is a testament to how hard work pays off, and I think it's paying off now."
The Fraziers worked together to develop Michael's sweet shot.
"We spent a lot of hours in the gym," says Frazier Senior. "And to his credit, he's not a kid that gets bored with repetition, so he continued to shoot and shoot and shoot. And over the course of years, he's developed a nice little touch and it's starting to pay off for him. So that's good."
Michael Frazier II hears "shoot the ball" from his teammates and coaches too.
"I'm in a great situation. I have a great opportunity to be on a team full of seniors and a team full of young guys that are hungry to get better and, you know, we have a great opportunity to do something special this year."
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