The O'Connell Center lost some of its lights and a video board midway through the second half of Florida's 79-61 win over UAB on Tuesday night. And the Gators' shooting was typically lights-out. BUT C'MON, COMBINING THE TWO IS HACKY, RIGHT?
The usual suspects did the usual things for Florida: Kenny Boynton had six threes and 20 points, and Erving Walker had seven threes, a new career high, en route to 23 points to lead all scorers. Patric Young had 15 points on 10 shots. Will Yeguete had 11 rebounds. And the good Gators offense showed up, with 21 assists on 31 made field goals to just six turnovers.
But that's what we expect from these Gators: Great shooting (15 for 26 from deep) that makes an over-reliance on the three less troubling, some help from Young inside, and enough from at least two of the guys in the backcourt to prop up the rest of the team — Bradley Beal was two-of-15 on the night, and it essentially didn't matter. They've done that throughout their non-conference slate, and if not for that awful blip against Rutgers, there would be a fairly easy line of best fit to draw for the Gators so far.
Let's hope they keep it up as the SEC schedule begins. On Saturday, the Gators meet Tennessee on the road.