Florida coach Mike White had a feeling his team could be improved offensively heading into this season.
Certainly, the Gators have shown dramatic improvement through the first six games of the 2017-18 campaign. Florida ranks second in the nation in scoring offense (99.5 points per game), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (46.0 percent) and tied for 13th in 3-pointers made per game (11.5).
Only Virginia Tech (102 ppg) is averaging more points than the Gators so far this season. Florida has scored 100 or more points in four of six games this season and is coming off an 87-84 loss to Duke in the PK80 Tournament motion bracket tournament finals on Portland, Ore.
With senior point guard Chris Chiozza (13.2 ppg, 6.8 apg) running the point full time, the Gators have been able to spread the court in a four-guard offense that includes junior 6-6 guard Jalen Hudson (21.7 ppg), junior 6-5 guard Egor Koulechov (17.7 ppg) and junior 6-2 guard KeVaughn Allen (13.5 ppg).
Over the summer, White took some concepts from NBA and international teams to improve floor spacing while giving players freedom to shoot and create when warranted. Florida has been a highly efficient team through six games with an assist-to-turnover ratio of better than 2 to 1 (109-54).
Florida will try to maintain its high-level offensive play on Monday night, Dec. 4, at the O’Connell Center against rival Florida State (9 p.m., ESPN2).
Offense has come easily to this Gator hoops team. It’s deceptive to look at these great four-guard offense numbers knowing we have to work on more scoring inside to be balanced.
There’s going to be other nights when the perimeter shots won’t fall in the numbers needed to compensate for our lack of post presence and scoring. It’s going to take more than John Egbunu to correct this flaw. Hayes, Gak, Stone and Johnson to a lesser degree have to continue improving.