Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 77-70 loss to South Carolina


Some observations following Florida’s 77-70 loss to South Carolina at Madison Square Garden in the Elite Eight

— Senior point guard Kasey Hill’s final game in a Gator uniform encapsulated his UF career, some spectacular plays, followed by momentum-crushing mistakes. The errant pass to nowhere with Florida down 65-63 and 1:58 left turned out to be the biggest gaffe of the afternoon, as South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell stole the pass and set up Malik Kotsar for an easy transition jumper. South Carolina did an excellent job of trapping Hill in the corner with two defenders, making it hard for the 6-foot-1 point guard to set up offense.

— Sophomore center Kevarrius Hayes didn’t have his best day defensively. Yes, Hayes had eight rebounds and three blocks, but too often, Hayes allowed South Carolina center Malik Kotsar to back down too easy in the post and get high-percentage shots. At 6-foot-9 and 219 pounds, Hayes needs to work on his physical strength next season. This was a game Florida missed 6-11, 255-pound center John Egbunu badly.
— Junior forward Devin Robinson should have been able to impact the game more, given his size advantage at 6-8 compared to 6-6 guard P.J. Dozier. But Robinson never got into the flow of the game with just five points and one rebound in 22 minutes. Robinson had more turnovers (two) than rebounds (one).