A good effort for most of the game, but again we wilt away in the end to the mighty Gators.
I know many are going to say we played well and the better team won... blah blah blah, but I'm going to take a different route. We should've won this game. Really, we should have won this game. The first half was everything I've been waiting to see from this team all year. Everything clicked and Florida was waaaay off their game in the first half. Hendrix got started early and Gee was dribble penetrating like I haven't seen from him since the trip to St Thomas.
The second half... well... not so good. Florida picked up the full court pressure which led to turnovers and ill-advised shots. I credit the Gators with some of that as they are the #1 team in the country, but still... some of the shots taken in the 2nd half were things I'd try in the schoolyard. Despite the defensive intensity by Florida in the 2nd half, they still never got in rhythm on offense. Honestly, I think that was the worst I've seen the Gators play since their loss to FSU earlier in the year. Humphrey was off... missing open 3s and Noah for the most part was contained.
Oh yeah... I normally don't have issues with officiating, but yesterday I thought the refs were pro-Gators. We were getting mugged inside while Florida seemed to get some of the tick tack fouls called in their favor. Noah must've went over the back at least 3 times without being called for it.
- Hendrix down low (again). This guy is the team MVP.
- Defensive presence... at least for the first 32 minutes.
- Gee taking it to the hole.
- Disappearing O. We went scoreless for almost 4 minutes at the end of the game.
- Rebounding- Florida cleaned the boards.
- Not taking care of the ball. 7 steals... ugh.
I don't mean to "poo-poo" on the game, but moral victories doesn't impress the NCAA committee. Texas Tech won at A&M, Va Tech won at UNC, and Louisville won at Pittsburgh this week. We had the chance to do the same and let it slip away. Like I said earlier, we got the Gators on their off-night... we should've taken advantage.