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March 14, 2014

Instant Analysis: Florida pulls away late in Atlanta



Florida (30-2) once again showed just how quickly a close, competitive game can turn into an absolute whipping. The No. 1-seeded Gators defeated No. 8-seed Missouri (22-11) 72-49 in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Instant Analysis takes a look.

IT WAS OVER WHEN: Florida led 38-36 with 11:58 remaining in the game. A little more than seven minutes later, the lead was 18 as the Gators iced the game with a 16-0 run.

HE STOLE THE SHOW: The one player who can do it all. Scottie Wilbekin was all over the place and was the only UF player who never had a stretch in which it appeared he was sleepwalking. His shot was on point, 5 of 6 from 3-point range to register 15 points that went along with three rebounds and two assists.

THE STAT DOESN'T LIE: Offense wasn't always clicking for the Gators, but it was the 3-point shot that kept them in the game even through the coldest moments. The Gators shot 12 for 21 from beyond the arc. By comparison, Florida shot 39.3 percent inside the 3-point line and missed 10 of 2o free throws. The Gators again owned the second half, shooting 16 for 28 during the concluding 20 minutes while the Tigers shot 6 for 19. Missouri finished the game shooting 1 for 13 from beyond the arc despite featuring the SEC's third-most accurate deep shooter in Jabari Brown

WHAT A PLAY: Wilbekin broke on the inbound pass with 10:04 left in the second half following a Will Yeguete layup. He made the steal, jumping to ensure the ball stayed inbounds and in Florida's possession. The save was dished to Yeguete, who kicked it back out to a recovered Wilbekin for the open 3-point shot. A five-second summary of why Wilbekin is SEC Player of the Year.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Florida had five days without a game just when it was seeming to find its offensive rhythm. The Gators came in having shot 52.5 percent from the field in their last three games. Friday, they shot 46 percent. More importantly, they started sluggish and it carried on until midway through the second half. But as they have all season, the Gators reversed the game's feel when it mattered most. Florida certainly didn't fly out of the gates of its SEC Tournament debut but it reeled another opponent in thanks to second-half defensive prominence.

UP NEXT: Florida takes on the winner of Friday afternoon's game between No. 4-seed Tennessee and No. 13-seed South Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m. ET in a tournament semifinal.


Official Basketball Box Score
Missouri vs Florida
03/14/14 1:00 pm at SEC Men's Basketball Tourney-Atlanta, GA


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VISITORS: Missouri 22-11, 9-9
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
03 WILLIAMS, Johnathan. f  1-4    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   3   2  0  0  1  0  28
45 POST, Keanau........ f  1-1    0-0    1-2    3  1  4   3   3  0  3  0  0  19
05 CLARKSON, Jordan.... g  5-13   0-4    1-1    0  4  4   2  11  2  6  0  4  39
32 BROWN, Jabari....... g  4-11   0-5   10-12   0  5  5   1  18  1  1  0  0  34
33 ROSS, Earnest....... g  2-8    1-4    4-4    0  4  4   1   9  0  1  0  1  27
01 CLARK, Wes..........    0-2    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  2  0  0  3  29
24 JONES, Torren.......    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  3  4   4   2  0  0  0  0  11
44 ROSBURG, Ryan.......    2-3    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   3   4  0  2  1  0  13
   TEAM................                            3  3             1
   Totals..............   16-44   1-13  16-19   4 26 30  18  49  5 14  2  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-25 40.0%   2nd Half:  6-19 31.6%   Game: 36.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-7  14.3%   2nd Half:  0-6   0.0%   Game:  7.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  8-9  88.9%   2nd Half:  8-10 80.0%   Game: 84.2%    2


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HOME TEAM: Florida 30-2, 18-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
15 Yeguete, Will....... f  1-4    0-1    1-2    1  3  4   2   3  1  2  0  2  17
24 Prather, Casey...... f  1-6    0-0    7-8    1  2  3   1   9  2  3  0  0  28
04 Young, Patric....... c  4-9    0-0    1-6    1  2  3   0   9  2  0  1  0  27
05 Wilbekin, Scottie... g  5-10   5-6    0-1    0  3  3   3  15  2  0  0  4  30
20 Frazier, Michael.... g  5-7    5-7    0-0    1  4  5   1  15  0  0  0  2  33
00 Hill, Kasey.........    3-4    0-1    1-2    0  5  5   2   7  5  2  0  1  23
10 Finney-Smith, Dorian    4-8    2-4    0-0    3  6  9   2  10  3  2  1  0  28
23 Walker, Chris.......    2-3    0-0    0-1    1  0  1   2   4  0  0  0  0   6
25 Walker, DeVon.......    0-3    0-2    0-0    2  0  2   3   0  1  0  0  0   5
30 Kurtz, Jacob........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   2
42 Donovan, Billy......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM................
   Totals..............   25-54  12-21  10-20  10 25 35  17  72 16  9  2  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-26 34.6%   2nd Half: 16-28 57.1%   Game: 46.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  6-12 50.0%   2nd Half:  6-9  66.7%   Game: 57.1%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-11 45.5%   2nd Half:  5-9  55.6%   Game: 50.0%    3


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Officials: Tony Greene, Antinio Petty, Lee Cassell
Technical fouls: Missouri-None. Florida-None.
Attendance:
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Missouri......................   29   20  -   49
Florida.......................   29   43  -   72

Points in the paint-MU 28,UF 29. Points off turnovers-MU 6,UF 19.
2nd chance points-MU 3,UF 13. Fast break points-MU 0,UF 4.
Bench points-MU 6,UF 21. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-3 times.
Last FG-MU 2nd-01:25, UF 2nd-00:29.
Largest lead-MU by 4 1st-17:03, UF by 24 2nd-01:44.


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