Some observations following Florida’s 77-75 SEC basketball 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 two 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 seven second-chance points. Senior guard Egor Koulechov was again strong on the boards with a team-high eight rebounds.
• Florida senior guard Chris Chiozza also said the following about his game-winning layup after a steal in Saturday’s win: “I knew I had plenty of time left. I wanted to slow down to make sure I didn’t trip or anything. I’m excited we got this win. It’s not about that play, it’s about how we played the whole game.”
• After a spotty non-conference season, the Gators have started SEC play well, with back-to-back road wins over quality opponents. Florida beat 11th-ranked Texas A&M 83-66 on Tuesday.
“Early in the season, I thought we were a very soft team,” UF coach Mike White said. “I wouldn’t call us soft now, but I wouldn’t call us overly tough either. It’s a process for us. After a certain amount of time, our guys embraced the fact we had some deficiencies.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Who: Mississippi State (13-2, 1-1 SEC) vs. Florida (11-4, 3-0)
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: O’Connell Center
TV: SEC Network
Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850