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February 1, 2014
Instant Analysis: Gators easily bypass Aggies
As expected, Texas A&M (12-9, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) wasn't much of a challenge. No. 3 Florida (19-2, 8-0 SEC) breezed right by in a 69-36 decision. Instant Analysis takes a look.
IT WAS OVER WHEN: Florida ended the first half on a 12-2 run that gave it a 17-point lead, something the Gators would only build in the second half.
HE STOLE THE SHOW: Michael Frazier II is well-renowned for his 3-point shooting, but he showed more versatility against the Aggies. Frazier caught fire in the second half after another slow start. He finished with a team-high 20 points on 6 of 13 shooting to go with seven rebounds. Honorary mention to Patric Young, who nearly recorded his first double-double of the season, finishing with nine points and a career-high 13 rebounds on his 22nd birthday.
THE STAT DOESN'T LIE: The Gators are a better team than the Aggies every facet, but nowhere was it more noticeable Saturday than on the glass at both ends. Florida had a significant frontcourt advantage. At halftime, the Gators led by 17 despite shooting 1 for 12 from 3-point range. The reason? A 27-11 rebounding advantage. Florida finished the game out-rebounding Texas A&M 56-26.
WHAT A PLAY: As he has done so many times this year, Kasey Hill began Florida's possession by sprinting straight to the basket with a little more than eight minutes left in the first half. He missed his layup - a common side effect - but Young was there for the rescue. He jumped through two Texas A&M defenders for a huge tip slam that tore the roof off the sold-out O'Connell Center.
THE BOTTOM LINE: It's difficult to look much worse on a basketball court than Texas A&M did against the No. 3 team in the nation. The Aggies shot 25.9 percent from the field and 4 of 20 from beyond the arc. The point total was tied for the lowest by an SEC Florida opponent since 1950.
UP NEXT: Florida hosts Missouri (16-5, 4-4 SEC) Tuesday night at 9. The game will mark the debut of freshman forward and former five-star prospect Chris Walker.