Gators hope to regain spark

Florida gears up for March Madness

Published On: Mar 13 2013 05:05:55 PM EDT
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

Florida coach Billy Donovan has noticed something missing from his team the last three weeks.

Ball security? Sure. Rebounding? Absolutely. Clutch shots in close games? Well, that, too.

Those tangible miscues are correctable, but Donovan says he's more concerned about one intangible missing element.

Donovan says he doesn't like his team's "fire, intensity."

And the coach doesn't know how his 13th-ranked Gators will regain it.

It could be a fatal flaw or the thing that gets Florida back on track as it heads into the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The top-seeded Gators (24-6, 14-4 SEC) have lost three of their last six games -- all by six points or less.  Florida plays either eighth-seeded Georgia or ninth-seeded LSU on Friday.