Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 77-75 win over Missouri

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Three observations following Florida’s 77-75 win at Missouri on Saturday:

— Florida junior guard KeVaughn Allen is still struggling to regain his scoring ability from last season. Allen went just 1 of 5 from the floor against Missouri for 2 points. Picking up two first half fouls and missing an early transition layup didn’t help, and the 6-foot-2 Allen can sometimes go into a shell when things don’t go well early. But credit Allen for helping the Gators in other areas. Allen had two assists against the Tigers and has posted a stellar 35-11 assist-to-turnover ratio on the season.

— Florida held its own on the boards against Missouri despite some size mismatches. Though Missouri outrebounded Florida 32-30, the Gators grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and converted them into 7 second-chance points. Senior guard Egor Koulechov was again strong on the boards with a team-high 8 rebounds.

— Florida coach Mike White made an adjustment from doubling the post in the first half to meeting Missouri on the perimeter in the second half. The Tigers went 6 of 9 from 3-point range and 5 of 10 from 3-point range in the second half, but Florida forced Missouri to take some tougher 3-point attempts in the final 20 minutes. Still, Florida needs to be more crisp in its rotations and find open shooters on the perimeter to guard.

3 COMMENTS

  1. What a great photo. A picture is worth a thousand or more words.

    That was a gritty game and win for the Gators. Just the fire and determination you like to see on the road against one of the better teams in the East. Great job Gators!

  2. Not many Gators chiming in here; that speaks volumes! Don’t normally comment, but FL got some huge breaks from obviously sub-par officiating….phantom calls caught on slow-motion replays. NCAA and/or SEC should review! Never acceptable when close games are decided by poor officiating crew….not a satisfying win. Officials blew it!!!

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