FLORIDA FOOTBALL & RECRUITING COVERAGE
— Florida Gators Men’s Basketball (@GatorsMBK) February 21, 2019
The Florida Gators (15-11, 7-6) were finally able to pick up their needed signature win in the 2019 season. After missing opportunities to earn key wins throughout the season, the Gators got there’s Wednesday night, beating the No. 13 LSU Tigers (21-5, 11-2) in overtime, 82-77.
WHAT WENT RIGHT: To earn a big win on the road like the Gators did, they would have to do a lot of things right. That was the case, as the Gators did that. But if one thing were to be highlighted, it was the Gators composure down the stretch, something that’s cost them in close games.
The Gators saw LSU come back after they had led most of the game. That’s been the case in many of Florida’s games this season, which resulted in a number of closes losses. However, the Gators stay composed on the road and battled out an overtime win.
WHO STOLE THE SHOW: He’s been big all season in conference play and it was the same Wednesday night for KeVaughn Allen. The senior guard scored 21 points, shooting 5-for-9 from beyond the arc. Noah Locke contributed 15, as did Jalen Hudson, whose game offensively has been coming around in the past weeks. And it was another stellar performance for Andrew Nembhard. The freshman point guard scored 8 points and had 8 assists.
NUMBERS DON’T LIE: The Gators have struggled on the glass all season and going into this game, LSU has been strong on the boards. They still outrebounded the Gators by two, but Florida had one of their strongest performances on the offensive boards this season. The Gators grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and were able to score 17 second-chance points.
BOTTOM LINE: According to ESPN’s Bracketology, Florida was one of the Last Four teams in. Considering the Gators were in that position without a key victory, Wednesday’s win is huge for their resume. The Gators now have a solid road win against a top-15 opponent to their name, which could be significant for their chances of going dancing.
UP NEXT: After a two-game road trip, the Gators will return home to the O-Dome Saturday. Next, the Gators will host the Missouri Tigers and will be rocking retro uniforms to honor the 1994 team. Tip-off for the Gators and Tigers is set for 4 p.m.