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Instant Analysis: Vols escape Gainesville with win over Gators

January 12, 2019
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In a back-and-forth game, the Florida Gators (9-6, 1-2) came up short to the Tennessee Volunteers (14-1, 3-0), losing 78-67. The Gators were in until the end, but are likely kicking themselves over this one, dropping a game they could’ve won.

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WHAT WENT WRONG: The Gators did all they could and even took a three-point lead into the half. However, the Gators found themselves going cold offensively early in the second half, which allowed the Volunteers to take control of the game. During the drought, the Gators were generating good looks, but couldn’t get any to fall. Had those misses been makes during that stretch, it could’ve been a better result for the Gators.

WHO STOLE THE SHOW: He’s one of the best players in the conference, and Grant Williams made his impact once again Saturday night. Williams scored 20 points and was key for the Volunteers down the stretch. 

He was a big part in the Gators win against Arkansas Wednesday night, and KeVaughn Allen had another strong performance against the Volunteers. Allen finished with 18 points for his second consecutive game as he is starting to get into a groove. The senior has looked comfortable the last few days and has been staying aggressive offensively, something head coach Mike White preaches.

NUMBERS DON’T LIE: Rebounding has been one of the Gators weaknesses this season and that was evident against the Volunteers. The Volunteers dominated the glass all game as the Gators didn’t have an answer for their physicality in the paint.

The Gators simply gave the Volunteers too many second chances. Tennessee pulled down 10 offensive rebounds as their second chance opportunities may have been why they were able to pick up the win.

BOTTOM LINE: The Gators were absolutely in this game, and likely could’ve won. This is a game the Gators won’t forget, as beating the Volunteers would’ve given them a signature win. With that being said, the Gators let this one get away from them.

In crunch time, the Gators raveled and started to play sloppy. That was especially the case for freshman point guard Andrew Nembhard, who maybe for the first time this season looked like a freshman and cracked in key situations.

UP NEXT: As the SEC conference schedule is starting to hit full stride, the Gators will find themselves in another tough matchup their next time out. On Tuesday, the Gators will travel to Starkville for a date against the No. 14 Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Instant Analysis: Vols escape Gainesville with win over Gators

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