Three observations following Florida’s 88-73 win over Arkansas on Saturday at the O’Connell Center.
— Junior guard KeVaughn Allen’s slump-busting performance against the Razorbacks may have been helped in part due to senior point guard Chris Chiozza’s concussion scare. With Chiozza having to be checked for a concussion after taking an elbow to the temple in the first half, Allen had the ball in his hands more running the point in the first half and played 18 first-half minutes. Allen had a nice lefty finish on a drive in the first half and got to the free throw line four times in the first half and six times in the game.
— After struggling in transition against Ole Miss, Florida was much better on the break against Arkansas, scoring 17 fast break points and 14 points off turnovers. Florida spaced the floor better and made better passes in 2 on 1 and 3 on 1 opportunities.
— Florida was also able to win the rebounding margin against a bigger Arkansas team, 40-36, though the Gators were outscored 14-10 in second chance points. Junior guard Jalen Hudson helped inside with 9 rebounds, while graduate transfer Egor Koulechov (8 rebounds) and junior center Kevarrius Hayes (7 rebounds) helped on the glass as well. “We’re playing harder on defense than we were in October,” Florida coach Mike White said.