Three observations following UF’s 70-63 win over New Hampshire:
— With New Hampshire selling out to guard the 3-point line, Florida drove to the basket early but couldn’t finish. Forward Egor Koulechov (4 of 14 from floor), guard KeVaughn Allen (2-10 from floor) and point guard Chris Chiozza (3-6 from floor) all failed to convert on make-able drives early in the game. The Gators are going to need to do a better job finishing at the rim going forward as more teams will attempt to take the 3-point line away.
— While Florida struggled to shoot from 3-point range against New Hampshire (3-18), the Gators weren’t great defending the 3-point line as well (10-25). Florida coach Mike White said players were caught over-helping in the post too much and were late on some rotations back out to contest the perimeter. It’s something the Gators will try to work on before departing for the PK80 Tournament in Portland, Ore., over Thanksgiving weekend.
— Give Florida junior center Kevarrius Hayes credit for his continued defensive intensity in the post. Hayes had 5 more blocked shots against New Hampshire and has posted 9 blocks in his first three games. The 6-foot-9 Hayes also had three steals against New Hampshire including one at midcourt that resulted in an Egor Koulechov putback basket in transition in the first half.