Three observations following Florida’s 72-60 loss to Georgia on Tuesday night at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens:
— It’s not an official stat, but Florida must lead the SEC in missed dunks. The Kevarrius Hayes missed dunk with 15:55 left in the second half was one of several missed chippies in and around the basket that hurt the Gators. Florida went just 14 for 37 on two-point shots.
— Florida junior guard Jalen Hudson, who has been steady for most of the season, took some questionable and borderline selfish shots Tuesday night. On one fast-break opportunity in the first half, rather than dish to open point guard Chris Chiozza on the wing, Hudson drove into the teeth of two Georgia defenders and took a bad shot. He went 3 of 14 from the field and finished with just nine points, ending a string of eight straight games scoring in double figures.
— Florida is at its worst offensively when it slows down the game and gets deep in the shot clock in half-court situations. Credit Georgia in part for digging in defensively, but the game had a similar feel to late meltdowns this season against Duke, Clemson and Ole Miss, when the Gators were unable to get quality shots down the stretch. Florida coach Mike White blamed himself for playing certain players too many minutes, but perhaps the Gators would be better served by picking up the pace late rather than slowing down in the halfcourt.