Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 70-63 win over New Hampshire


Three observations following UF’s 70-63 win over New Hampshire:

— With New Hampshire selling out to guard the 3-point line, Florida drove to the basket early but couldn’t finish. Forward Egor Koulechov (4 of 14 from floor), guard KeVaughn Allen (2-10 from floor) and point guard Chris Chiozza (3-6 from floor) all failed to convert on make-able drives early in the game. The Gators are going to need to do a better job finishing at the rim going forward as more teams will attempt to take the 3-point line away.

— While Florida struggled to shoot from 3-point range against New Hampshire (3-18), the Gators weren’t great defending the 3-point line as well (10-25). Florida coach Mike White said players were caught over-helping in the post too much and were late on some rotations back out to contest the perimeter. It’s something the Gators will try to work on before departing for the PK80 Tournament in Portland, Ore., over Thanksgiving weekend.

— Give Florida junior center Kevarrius Hayes credit for his continued defensive intensity in the post. Hayes had 5 more blocked shots against New Hampshire and has posted 9 blocks in his first three games. The 6-foot-9 Hayes also had three steals against New Hampshire including one at midcourt that resulted in an Egor Koulechov putback basket in transition in the first half.



  1. Without a low post scoring presence, this team will be vulnerable on the occasional “off” shooting night, which is one of the risks of a 3 guard lineup that is on the floor most times. Opponents will aggressively challenge the 3 point shooters. The other things that UNH did was to basically sell out on the offensive glass, having 3 to 4 players immediately drop back on defense after a missed shots making it hard for the Gators to get easy buckets on fast breaks. While Hayes’ offense skills are limited, he has developed a nice touch around the basket, and I love his work ethic and ability to run the floor. It is good that they had this game before heading out west, as we have a coach that will fix the holes as they arise. Go Gators.

  2. If we hadn’t had a +22 point differential on FTs? We would have lost UGLY, instead of winning ugly. Worst part was being out played on Assists 14-3 – THREE assists for any Donovan/White UF team is an embarrassment. Stop head/ball faking (it didn’t work anyway) and start looking for the open man and we will start winning pretty again. Gators were flatfooted most of the game. As Jalen said, I’m glad they got this out of their system and felt the heat of a near loss to a low level team BEFORE we get on the floor with the Zags et alia as that would have been a bloodbath. GO GATORS.