Saturday, March 24, 2012

NCAA Elite Eight: Lousville Cardinals vs. Florida Gators

Beal has a textbook form and release on every shot.
No. 4 Louisville Cardinals vs. No. 7 Florida Gators

#23 Bradley Beal - Guard
6-3 207 Freshman St. Louis, MO
14.6 ppg 6.5 rpg 2.2 apg

Florida has lived and died by the 3-point shot all year long.  So no one would've expected the Gators to advance to the Elite Eight with a 65-58 win over No. 3 Marquette Thursday shooting 25.9 percent (7 for 27) from behind the 3-point line.  The Florida big men, led by forward Patric Young were able to get just enough done in the paint, but it won't be as easy against the Lousville Cardinal interior D, led by forward Gorgui Dieng, and their physical, Big East-brand of basketball.  The Gators will need another hot shooting night from freshman guard Bradley Beal, who shot 8-for-10 against the Golden Eagles in the Sweet Sixteen and finished with 21 points.  Beal is a combo guard with a textbook release on his jumpshot and surprises defenders on penetration with a very sudden first step.  Louisville coach Rick Pitino knows how much of a problem Beal can be and will likely have multiple players defend him in order to make him feel uncomfortable.

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