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Instant Analysis: Offensive struggles doom Gators in season opener

November 6, 2018
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The No. 17 Florida State Seminoles (1-0) took care of their rival with ease, delivering the Florida Gators (0-1) a blowout 81-60 loss. This marks the Gators fifth straight loss to their rival, as Mike White has yet to defeat the Seminoles since becoming head coach of the Gators.

WHAT WENT WRONG: The Gators struggled mightily on the offensive side of the ball in the first half, shooting 6-25 from the field, resulting in a 31-20 deficit at the half. The Gators offense was stagnant, lacking ball movement into the paint and relying heavily on the 3-ball. Not helping their case, the Gators got into foul trouble early.

Adding insult to injury, the Seminoles got off to an 8-0 run to start the second half and never looked back.

WHO STOLE THE SHOW: Seminoles guard PJ Savoy was lights-out Tuesday night, shooting 5-of-7 from the field, all from beyond the arc. Savoy was also effective getting to the foul-line, going 5-of-8 from the stripe.

Along with Savoy’s effort, guard Trent Forrest poured in 13 points for the Seminoles, highlighted by a perfect 6-6 from the foul-line.

THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE: The poor shooting percentage was backed by the Gators just shooting 25% from 3-point-land. That clearly isn’t going to cut it for a team that lives from beyond the arc. The Gators finished the game shooting 37% from the field, while the Seminoles finished at 47%. Along with an abysmal shooting performance, the Gators also turned the ball over 16 times Tuesday night.

Also, Tuesday night’s loss marked the Gators first in a season-opener since 1990.

BOTTOM LINE: The Gators simply can’t afford to be as cold as they were on the offensive side of ball. The Gators couldn’t get much going in their half-court offense, struggling to find open-looks and forcing bad shot attempts.

The Seminoles weren’t a great matchup for the Gators, as they are the much bigger team, and that was evident in Tallahassee Tuesday night. Regardless, the Gators will need to figure out ways to score against bigger team’s, as they will have to be able to score in the post down the stretch of the season.

UP NEXT: The Florida Gators will have three days off before their home-opener against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers on Friday. The Buccaneers are 1-0, after a dominating 100-68 win over the Columbia International Rams. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from Exactech Arena in Gainesville.

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