Three observations following Florida’s 80-67 win over Kentucky on Saturday at the O’Connell Center:
— Florida was excellent moving and sharing the ball when facing Kentucky’s man defense. But the Gators need to take that same approach in breaking down zone defenses. Often Florida gets too stagnant against the zone, dribbling around the perimeter and settling for 3-pointers rather than attacking it.
— Florida sophomore center Gorjok Gak stepped up with a decent performance with 6 points and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench. Gak looked confident taking the ball to the basket for a three-point play in the first half and even made a rare free throw. The Gators are going to need more production from Gak, especially if redshirt freshman forward Dontay Bassett remains in concussion protocol through the SEC Tournament.
— It was good to see Florida coach Mike White work the officials a little more Saturday. White is normally reserved on the bench but was talking to lead ref Doug Shows during TV timeouts and was animated during a botched in-bounds call in the second half. Sometimes, coaches need to fight for calls and White displayed more of that Saturday.