Dorian Finney-Smith, junior forward for Florida, is back after being suspended for three games for breaching team rules, and price per head bookies know that the fans are glad to see him return to the team, considering how important he is to the Gators, who already ended up losing a meeting without his services.
Finney-Smith, the Gators’ second highest scorer and rebounder who’s a big favorite with many fans for his skills in the game, is set to hit the court on Saturday in the matchup between Florida and Tennessee that will get underway at the O’Connell Center, when Billy Donovan, Gators coach, tries to clinch the 500th win of his career, and the basketball world is wondering if he’ll make it.
“He’s taken care of all his responsibilities and everything we’ve asked him to do,” said Donovan. “I still feel like he needs to understand that when it comes to some of the choices he’s made there are other people affected by it. From my perspective, he’s got to earn back some trust from our team and show a higher level of commitment, especially being an older guy.”
Finney-Smith recorded an average of 12.9 points and 5.8 rebounds for each game played, and the player’s suspension was his career’s second one, something that did not go down very well with many of the team’s fans. The player was suspended for the two initial meetings of the regular season of 2013-2014, and now two games were lost by the Gators without his services. Florida also played without Michael Frazier II – the team’s highest scorer and top 3-point shooter, something that got in the way of the team’s struggles with their offense.
Price per head bookies saw that from the floor, the Gators were only able to shoot at 35.9%, and 25.7% from the 3-point area. They also had an average of only 55 points, as their two top players ended up being absent.
Many fans are confident that Florida’s numbers should go up with Finney-Smith going back to the team, but they seriously hope that he doesn’t break any more rules this time around, as it’s no secret that he’s a key part of the Gators, and a player who can make a very big difference in the outcome of their games.
“I apologize to my family, my coaches, my teammates and the university,” said Finney-Smith. “I made a mistake and I will learn from it. Hopefully, I can move on.”