Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 75-60 win over Incarnate Word

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Three observations following Florida’s 75-60 win over Incarnate Word:

— Junior guard Jalen Hudson has had better scoring games, but tonight was his best all-around game as a Gator. The 6-foot-6 Hudson can be a shot-hound, but tonight had a career-high 6 assists to go with 13 points and added two steals on the defensive end of the floor. Like point guard Chris Chiozza, Hudson is quick enough to drive the lane and create for others when defenses collapse around him.

— Florida recorded just six fast break points despite having several runout opportunities against Incarnate Word off turnovers. The reason? Some ill-advised alley-oop attempts on two-on-one and three-on-one breaks that weren’t converted. White called some of the sloppiness on the break “a lack of maturity.” “I wish we had some of those back,” White said.

— Junior center Kevarrius Hayes was able to provide some inside offense and rebounding in the first half, but was pulled early in the second half after allowing UIW forward Charles Brown III to drive right by him and foul him on a three-point play that tied the score at 37. The 6-foot-9 Hayes finished with 8 points and a season-high 8 rebounds in 17 minutes, but needs to string together two good halves and deliver more consistent production in SEC play. Too often, Hayes leaves his feet or lunges forward going for shot blocks, which takes him out of rebounding position and leaves him susceptible to fouling.

 

10 COMMENTS

  1. It’s hard to think of a Incarnate Word game as being a test for this team.

    Egbunu or Stokes are weeks from returning. We’ll have to continue finding other ways to win.

  2. I think Egor’s first game with 30+ points has ruined him. Since then he has been a brick layer. I know he works hard at all aspects of the game, but the next time he pulls up on a fast break and launches a 3 from 5 feet behind the line and barely draws iron I would put his rear end on the bench. Since that opening game, his shooting % is terrible, yet he keeps firing away. It’s not just contested 3’s that these guys are missing badly on, but it is also wide open shots. It seems the only way they can score is on the occasional 3 (at 25% success rate) or a dunk. A nice jumper from inside the arc seems to be a lost skill. Everyone wants to make the highlight reel on Sports Center, and I hope Cheese’s dunk last night doesn’t ruin him for the rest if the season!

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  4. Hayes and Stone are not playing up to their potential. They are way to soft and passive on the floor. They need to play with a lot more fire, heart and passion. They look like they are in cruise control mode on the floor. They are too good to play this way. They need to turn in on and bring the fire.

    • Unfortunately they are playing to their potential. They are just not very good players that can help the Gators get back to the elite status. It all comes down to recruiting. If you can’t recruit top players Florida will continue be a so-so team. Look back at the back to back national championship team. I believe four of the starting five are playing in the NBA. Coach white is just a mediocre coach. He cannot develop players to reach their potential and he can not make the necessary adjustments during the game especially during the last 5 minutes of the game. Going from a 5 ranking to not being ranked at all demonstrates the poor talent and the poor coaching of this team.

      • ”Going from a 5 ranking to not being ranked” was not White’s fault, it was because of their 3 game losing streak after immediately being anointed a ”Final Four team” (even here on this site by commenters). Coach White can’t make someone something they aren’t, Hayes getting passionate and dominating the inside isn’t in his DNA.
        Coach White will get this team going, recruit some players and win soon, or he’ll go. See: Coach Mac, Coach Muschamp, or if you’re old school like me, see: Don Devoe, or ”Ahab”, as the late, great Dwayne Schintzius called him, for PROOF!

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