Anyone who was listening to WDAE when the Gators left the court before halftime knew what was coming.
Tied at the break and lethargic but for the play of Scottie Wilbekin, Florida got a talking to from Donovan and the message got across. Florida ended up rolling past Missouri 72-49 Friday afternoon in the SEC quarterfinals.
"We seem more interested in complaining than we do about battling and fighting," Donovan told Gator analyst Marc Wise coming off the court, sounding ready to maks sure that changed.
And it did. The Gators got great inside-out play and looked much more like the No. 1 team in the country. It was still a single-digit margin with less than nine minutes to go before Florida embarked on a 10-0 run, later adding an 11-2 stretch containing two 3-pointers by Michael Frazier.
Wilbekin finished with 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point land. Frazier went 5-for-7 to also score 15 and Dorian Finney-Smith contributed 10 points with nine rebounds.
Patric Young and Casey Prather scored 9 each.
Florida brings a 30-2 record into its Saturday semifinal.