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Instant Analysis: Blown out by a bad team

February 8, 2020
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WCC: Florida-Ole Miss Game Thread 

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For the second time this season, Florida (14-9, 6-4 SEC) faced off against Ole Miss (12-11, 3-7). For the first time this season, the Gators fell to the Rebels, 51-68. 

Here’s the Instant Analysis

What Went Wrong: Florida’s shooting reverted to its early-season form. The Gators shot 33.3 percent from the field and fared worse from three, ending the game with 22 percent from deep. 

And unlike in earlier victories, the defense was not able to bail out a lackluster offensive performance. The Rebels shot 46.4 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from deep as the Gators led for only 1:32 while trailing for over 36 minutes. 

He Stole the Show: It was a three-part effort as Ole Miss sought to redeem itself following their 71-55 drubbing on Jan. 14. 

Guard Breein Tyree led both teams in scoring with 23 points while guard Devontae Shuler and forward KJ Buffen backed him up with 14 points apiece. 

Though Keyontae Johnson once again earned a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, only one other Gator, Kerry Blackshear Jr., managed to score in double figures, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. 

These Numbers Don’t Lie: Florida didn’t lose the game because they gave up too many rebounds. In fact, no team gained an edge in that category as Florida had eight offensive rebounds and 33 total rebounds to Ole Miss’ 33. 

But what the Gators did with their eight second-chance possessions, told the tale of the game. They scored six second-chance points on an afternoon where they couldn’t find the bottom of the basket. 

Additionally, only two Gators, Andrew Nembhard and Johnson, had defensive ratings below 100. They both had a 60 overall rating while the rest of Florida averaged 120. 

The Bottom Line: This team struggled to find a moment of success this afternoon. With the odds of an NCAA Tournament berth slipping after each loss, it will take a concerted effort by coach Mike White to invigorate his team’s offense. 

Up Next: Florida will travel to College Station, Texas to play Texas A&M on Feb. 12. The game is set for 8:30 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network.

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