Gators Hit Roadblock in Lexington

Gainesville, FL-  Coming off a win against number 9 West Virginia and a thrilling win over SEC foe Arkansas, the UK UF matchup was an intriguing one this weekend.  With LSU in control of the SEC for now, this game would show what exactly the Gators and Wildcats, the next two teams in the SEC, could show the country.

All we saw was that Kentucky may be the best team in the SEC and if Florida doesn’t make a game plan change soon, they aren’t even close.  The Gators looked fresh in their new Nike orange alternates, but the only Gator who came to play was Dorian Finney-Smith who put up 24 points on 8-11 shooting.  The offense was bad, but it could have been worse, the problem for the Gators was the red hot shooting of the Wildcats.  The Cats are so good at scoring in the paint that the Gators let them take too many outside shots.  The Wildcats definitely made them pay, specifically Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis who combined for 53 of the Wildcats 81 points.  Murray shot 8-10 form three point land, scoring 35 overall.

You simply cannot win giving up that many points and the Gators certainly did not match them , having shooting woes the entire game.  The Gators have proven to be a team that has a major problem, they live and die by the three.  They may not be a three point shooting team, but they need to hit their three, it opens everything else up.  It makes John Egbunu much more lethal in the paint and gives Dorian Finney-Smith and Kevaughn Allen the chance to drive for easy buckets.  Plus, in college basketball, threes are just demoralizing, no two ways about it, nothing gets the crowd going like a surge of three pointers.

The Gators have shooters, Chris Chiozza, Finney-Smith, Kevaughn Allen and freshman sharpshooter Brandon Francis-Ramirez all can light it up form outside, and when they do they are unbeatable, as West Virginia saw.  But when they miss, they struggle to find any kind of offense.

 

Tyler Murtha

University of Florida

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