7:00 PM ET, December 10, 2013
Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida
Losing on a buzzer-beating shot can be especially deflating, and Florida and Kansas can empathize with each other after both experienced such a defeat their last time out.The 19th-ranked Gators, though, may have gotten a boost with the news that guards Scottie Wilbekin and Kasey Hill will play against the visiting No. 13 Jayhawks in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Tuesday night.Wilbekin, who was playing his third game after sitting out the first four due to suspension, sprained his ankle with 3:01 to play against then-No. 12 Connecticut on Dec. 2. Florida (6-2) then allowed Shabazz Napier to rebound his own miss and drill a jumper as time expired, handing the Gators a 65-64 loss.Already with a thin bench due to an ankle injury that has sidelined Hill for the last four contests, coach Billy Donovan was forced to give four players at least 33 minutes against UConn."We won a lot of games without Scottie," said center Patric Young, who finished with 17 points. "We line up five guys and we'll be OK. It would have helped having him in that situation, but it doesn't matter who's out there."Wilbekin was held out of practice for a few days following the last contest, but Donovan said Saturday his senior point guard will be good to go against Kansas. Hill, a freshman who averaged 10.3 points and 4.3 assists while starting in Wilbekin's absence, also reportedly will return."We held him out the last couple days," Donovan said of Wilbekin. "He's fine now."Kansas coach Bill Self isn't finding any positives after Colorado's Askia Booker drilled a 30-footer at the buzzer Saturday in a stunning 75-72 loss for the Jayhawks.Standout freshman Andrew Wiggins scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half, and Perry Ellis' shot with four seconds remaining tied the game for Kansas (6-3), which lost on a late 3-pointer to an unranked foe for the second time in three games."We're not playing very good," Self said. "We're not playing good at all. The pieces just aren't quite fitting yet and we're trying to find ourselves."Self doesn't appear to believe that will be a problem in the near future, though he admits he didn't do his young team any favors with the schedule. The Jayhawks won a tough matchup against then-No. 4 Duke on Nov. 12 and played in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas, where they lost to Villanova -- now ranked 10th.After this contest, Kansas faces previously-ranked New Mexico on Saturday and Georgetown on Dec. 21."We didn't think we'd be a great team by Christmas," Self said. "That's being totally unrealistic. In the preseason ratings, they shouldn't have had us there. What we could be, we could play there to that at the end. There is too much stuff to learn and get over and grow."Wiggins (15.3 points per game) and Ellis (14.5) are the only players averaging in double figures for Kansas, which will be facing a Florida team that has plenty to improve on as well."There's going to be some hell to face when we watch (the game against UConn) on film," Young said. "We should have closed the door on them."These teams last met when No. 10 Kansas beat top-ranked Florida 82-80 in overtime on Nov. 25, 2006.
|Avg Points Allowed||70.5||57.9|
|» Dec 10, 2013||@FLA 67, KU 61||Recap|
--Florida scored a season-high 28 points off 24 Kansas turnovers Tuesday, the second-most points off turnovers Kansas has allowed in a game in the last three seasons. --Florida has a defensive goal of 0.90 points or fewer per possession allowed. The Gators came close to reaching their goal Tuesday, limiting Kansas to 61 points on 64 possessions (0.95 points per possession). Entering Tuesday, 24 teams were allowing 0.90 points or fewer per possession this season, and Florida had allowed 0.92 points per possession. --Florida also has an offensive goal of 1.15 points or more per possession. The Gators fell short of their goal against the Jayhawks, averaging 1.05 points per possession. The Gators are now 7-0 this season when they average more than a point per possession, and 0-2 when they do not.
Kansas grabbed 11 offensive rebounds Tuesday, but shot 0-for-6 from the field on second-chance field goals. The Jayhawks' four second-chance points (all from the FT line) tied their season low. Coming into the game, Kansas had averaged 11.3 second-chance points per game, tied for second-fewest among Big 12 teams.
Kansas struggled against Florida's zone defense Tuesday, making just 4-of-15 shots and turning it over on 9 of 18 possessions.[+]
Kansas Offense, Tuesday
The Jayhawks are averaging 22.2 fewer points per game during their last 4 games compared with their first 5, struggling against a tough schedule. They started the season 5-0, scoring at least 80 points in every game, including a win over Duke when they scored a season-high 94.[+]
Kansas This Season
After falling behind 10-3 early in the first half, Florida went on a 21-0 run over a span of more than seven minutes. The Gators used a zone defense during the majority of the run, limiting Kansas to 0-for-4 from the field and forcing 4 turnovers with the zone.[+]
21-0 Florida Run, Tuesday
The Gators went on a 21-0 run in the 1st half, holding Kansas scoreless for over 8 minutes of game time.[+]
Gators 21-0 Run in 1st Half
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