Instant Analysis: Top-ranked Baylor too much to handle for Gators

Jan 26, 2020 | 0 comments


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In a college basketball rarity, the unranked Florida Gators (12-7) entered Saturday night’s game against the No. 1 Baylor Bears (17-1) as two-point favorites. However, Vegas got this one all wrong as Gators were no match for the top team in the country, losing 72-61.

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WCC: Florida-Baylor Game Thread

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Florida came out of the opening tip clicking on all cylinders, leading for the first 12-minutes in this one. However, the Bears started to get rolling, proving to be too much for the Gators to knock off the nation’s No. 1 team.

Here is our Instant Analysis:

What Went Wrong: After a great start to the game, it was looking as if the Gators were destined to pull off their second top-five upset in as many weeks. Unfortunately for them, they just couldn’t keep pace with the Bears.

After leading majority of the first half, the Gators allowed the Bears to eventually overtake the lead. It was then when the Bears took over, going on a run to make it an 11-point game at the half.

In the second, it was too little, too late for the Gators. They were able to create some momentum in the closing minutes, but the game was all but over.

He Stole The Show: Baylor’s Davonte Bandoo had himself an efficient scoring night in Gainesville, on his way to 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting with three of them coming from beyond the arc. Bandoo’s plus/minus on the night was +20.

Baylor was also treated to 16 points from MaCio Teague.

After scoring the first seven points for the Gators, Keyontae Johnson led all scorers with 20.

These Numbers Don’t Lie: This game may have come down to each team’s shooting from three-point land. The Bears were hot all night, while the Gators were colder than cold.

Of the 17 attempted shots from beyond the arc, Florida made just four.

Meanwhile on the other bench, the Bears were dialed in, shooting 47% from deep on 9-for- 19 shooting.

The Bottom Line: They may have been the favorites in this one, but the Gators flat out lost to the better team Saturday night. Other than the first 10-minutes, this one was all Baylor.

Florida should be upset with themselves that they once again didn’t play a consistent game against a good team. With that being said they shouldn’t let this loss hang largely on them, with still a lot left to play for in the season.

Florida had its chances in this one, but there’s no question they lost to one of the best teams in the country, a team that seems poised to make a run in March.

Up Next: Florida now turns their sights to the Mississippi State Bulldogs as they return to conference play after the brief, Big 12/SEC Challenge. Tuesday’s tip is set for 7 p.m. with coverage on ESPN2 or ESPNU.

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