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.