Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 108-68 win over UNF


Three observations following No. 8 Florida’s 108-68 win over UNF at the O’Connell Center:

— Florida played with more grit defensively against UNF, but the Gators need to do a better job of defending without fouling. Florida finished the game with 25 fouls, which allowed UNF to take 26 trips to the free-throw line. Jalen Hudson had 4 fouls, including 3 in the first half, while Keith Stone and Deaundrae Ballard each finished with 4 fouls as well.

— Sophomore 6-11 center Gorjok Gak had a nice stretch in scoring all of his career-high 12 points in the second half on baseline layups and dunks. Gak also was able to draw contact in the lane and his stroke at the free-throw line is much improved, as evidenced by his 4-for-4 night at the charity stripe. But Florida coach Mike White said that Gak needs to do a better job on the boards (1 rebound in 11 minutes) to earn more playing time.

— Junior swingman Jalen Hudson has a chance to flourish for UF in the sixth-man role. Hudson was the first player off UF’s bench against UNF and scored seven quick points on a putback, 3-pointer and driving layup, allowing UF to jump to an early 10-5 lead. I’d expect Hudson to continue to come off the bench and provide the kind of instant-offense spark that former Gator and SEC sixth man of the year Canyon Barry provided a season ago.



  1. They are very good now, and only going to get better. As the season goes on and their defense and rebounding improve and as we get back our injured players, this team will be a beast.

  2. Gators have come out the gate with their hair on fire. We’ll know a lot more about this team after the trip to Seattle. How can anyone not like what we’ve seen so far?


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