Six things to know as Florida basketball falls to Florida State once again

By Adam Silverstein
December 12, 2016
Six things to know as Florida basketball falls to Florida State once again
Basketball

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No. 21 Florida Gators basketball (7-3) lost its second straight game and third in its last five when it was upended 83-78 by the Florida State Seminoles (10-1) on Sunday in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Gators have now dropped three straight games to the Noles, matching the longest losing streak by UF in the rivalry. FSU also holds a 6-5 mark in the series’ last 11 games, a startling change from Florida’s long-time dominance.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Sunday’s loss below.


It was over when … Though it truly appeared as if Florida was done for when it trailed by 13 midway through the second half on the back of a massive run by Florida State, the Gators actually fought their way back and cut their deficit to three as sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen completed an old school three-point play with 2:45 remaining. UF was just unable to complete the comeback as FSU made shots and hit free throws down the stretch to maintain its advantage until the final buzzer.

Exceptional efforts: Senior point guard Kasey Hill posted a career-high 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting, but he was endlessly sloppy with the basketball, committing a game-high five turnovers. Allen, who only played seven minutes in the first half after getting tagged with three fouls, finished second on the team with 16 points in 20 minutes.

Significant stats: As a team the Gators committed nine turnovers and had only nine assists on 29 baskets, which is an incredibly low number. Florida also shot a season-worst 64 percent from the charity stripe. Florida State won the rebounding battle (42-33) and made nine more free throws in the contest, which plays into the final score.

Odds and ends: Junior PG Chris Chiozza played 22 minutes despite dealing with a quadriceps injury but was once again a liability on the court by chucking and missing five threes on the evening … graduate transfer G Canyon Barry had another poor shooting performance hitting just 2-of-10 shots on the night … the Gators actually scored more points off turnovers (25-12), in the paint (42-34) and on the fast break (15-10)

What it means: Florida has now lost to the three best teams its faced this season, all of which land in Ken Pomeroy’s top 25 — Duke (1), Gonzaga (13) and Florida State (25). Those are all “quality losses” for the Gators — and two are quality road losses at that — but UF has once again shown it is unable to beat the best teams it faces. FSU was not ranked at the time of the game (it will be on Monday) so this statistic did not change, but Florida head coach Mike White is 1-9 against ranked opponents and his team has simply not risen to the level of its competition through one-and-a-third seasons. There’s still plenty of room for the Gators to develop under White, but there’s a clear talent disparity when they go up against teams like the three they lost to this season.

Up next: Florida will conclude its exile from the Stephen C. O’Connell Center when it faces Charlotte in the 2016 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on Saturday, Dec. 17 in Sunrise, Florida. UF will finally open at home next Wednesday when it hosts Arkansas-Little Rock in the $64.5 million renovated O’Dome.

5 Comments

  1. Scroud says:

    Not to be crude, but this game really sucked. If you take away layups, I’ll bet the shooting percentage was 20% or less. The team missed shot after shot. Only Kasey Hill was shooting well. Canyon Berry makes all the right moves, shoots at the right time and looks really good, except he keeps missing his shot, I don’t get that. If the Gators shot halfway decent, they would be a dangerous team. There isn’t one player who when he shoots I think it’s going in. And our rebounding and box outs were very poor too.

  2. Michael Duggar says:

    Florida basketball much like Florida football is an offensively challenged team. To shoot 2-19 against Gonzaga and 4-16 against FSU from beyond the arc, and with an average to mediocre inside presence, the Gators lack the ability to overcome poor defensive halves, a/k/a giving up 47 2nd half points to FSU, 43 to Duke, and 45 to Gonzaga. One poor defensive half based on its offensive challenges spells defeat for the Gators. Florida has no Lee Humphrey or to a lesser extent Michael Frazier to pull the defenses away from the basket and let Egbunu and Hayes have some space to use their quickness inside against opposing bigs.

    Florida is “balanced” to its detriment in that it doesn’t have a reliable “go-to” guy to depend on in clutch situations. It is hoped that Canyon Barry will provide some outside spark and to a smaller extent, freshman Keith Stone, but I see the SEC season as a “grind-it-out” season due to its offensive challenges. Doesn’t mean this team won’t have some periodic hot-shooting performances leading to some blowouts of a few SEC opponents (most probably home games), but those games will be few and far between.

    I see the remainder of this season as defensive oriented games where the UF Rowdies and fans drive the team emotionally on the defensive end of the ball. We need to be there and pushing the defense to perform at a high level, contrary to the way basketball has evolved over the years.

    Kudos to the players and the coaches for playing these eleven (11) games on the road without the real “home game” feel and playing as hard and as well as they have. It is a privilege and an honor to cheer for these hard working players and coaches and I look forward to losing my voice encouraging the defense to Victory! Go Gators!

  3. Mr2Bits says:

    Lets call a spade a spade, we are a tier 2 basketball school these days and no renovation will change that. We need new energy coaching these guys and if you asked me, we should have bulldozed the O-Dome and made a 70 million dollar football facility there building something smaller and new elsewhere.

  4. MAR says:

    Can’t believe Devin Robinson was considering going pro. He hasn’t done diddly squat so far this season. He wouldn’t even make a team overseas with that play. Hope he steps up his game. Until then, they should start Stone or Barry in his place.

  5. gatorphan says:

    Honestly, FSU is a better team than they look on paper but FSU was getting all the favorable foul (or no-foul) calls. Mike White was right to finally lose his sh*t and get a tech. He’s been biting his tongue since day one and the refs are getting away with murder and laziness.

    The season is far from over and I still think we’re a sweet 16 team in the making. The difference in games has been largely free throws.

    @MAR: DRob is NOT NBA caliber but color guys have been talking about him like he was since he started. He doesn’t have killer instinct. He makes bad decisions or shrinks away when the pressure is high. He’s just another swing forward who thinks he’s Steph Curry. I really want him to prove me wrong, but it just hasn’t happened. He’s a non-factor.

    @Mr2Bits: Bulldoze the odome? LOL. You’re delusional.

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