Three observations following UF’s 66-60 win over Cincinnati at the Never Forget Tribute Classic in Newark, N.J.:
— Florida can offset its size disadvantage playing four guards if it can force turnovers like it did against Cincinnati. The Gators scrapped throughout the game, getting hands on balls to force 21 turnovers and convert them into 27 points. “If you told me before the game we’d get 21, I wouldn’t know if that was possible,” Florida coach Mike White said. “We were scrappy out there.”
— Florida was more disciplined in its shot selection against a Cincinnati defense that overplayed the perimeter. The Gators went 6 of 15 from 3-point range and didn’t settle for contested ones to break a two-game slump from beyond the arc. Florida was at its best getting open 3-point looks in transition by pushing the basketball. Florida outscored Cincinnati 11-2 in fast break points.
— Florida junior guard KeVaughn Allen continues to struggle. Allen went just 1 of 5 from the field with 2 points, not scoring until midway through the second half, and missed a free throw in an attempt to convert a three-point attempt. The thought going into the season was the addition of transfer perimeter threats Egor Koulechov and Jalen Hudson, Allen would get more open looks on the perimeter. But Allen has had a hard time meshing with the two newcomers. The Gators need to find a way to get their preseason All-SEC standout going.