The Florida Gators haven’t overwhelmed the Florida State Seminoles in males’s basketball in 5 a long time and 5 conferences.
It’s the longest this type of streak for the Seminoles in a rivalry that Florida has primarily dominated in extra of its existence, and one specific that has featured essentially the most baffling consequence and most lopsided defeat for the Gators in sequence document.
And it most probably finishes this Sunday (one p.m., ESPN or WatchESPN).
The Gators are ticketed for glory this calendar yr, with their additions of Virginia Tech switch Kerry Blackshear Jr. and freshmen Scottie Lewis, Tre Mann, and Omar Payne to a gifted sophomore core of Andrew Nembhard, Noah Locke, and Keyontae Johnson incomes Mike White’s bunch a prime rated-10 group and a stylish Remaining four — or nationwide championship — determine.
Florida Situation, within the meantime, could be in for its initially true rebuilding season in a while beneath the ageless Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles received recreation titles in each of the previous a couple of NCAA Tournaments, incomes the Elite Eight in 2018 and the Candy Sixteen in 2019, however the bulk of the NBA-amount experience that pushed that function is now actively enjoying skillfully, with solely senior Trent Forrest remaining from the 2017 crew that manufactured FSU’s very first NCAA Match general look in 5 years and did so with a No. three seed matching the perfect in school heritage.
And the Seminoles are -one on the yr, with their loss coming in an opening-night time ACC matchup versus Pittsburgh — and simply days upfront of Pittsburgh would lay an egg in a meeting with Nicholls Level out. Forrest had 19 factors and sophomore Devin Vassell further 14 for the Seminoles within the discount, however Forrest’s 5 turnovers ended up greater than a 3rd of FSU’s 14, and only a particular person lower than their six assists. Awful size capturing — FSU was simply six-for-20 on threes, with Vassell and Anthony Nicely mannered getting the one gamers to make a number of treys — additionally assisted doom them to a 63-61 loss regardless of Pitt incomes simply 7 of its 25 two-ideas.
Equipped that context, Florida’s private struggles from deep in direction of North Florida (Three-for-15) actually don’t glimpse so detrimental. Blackshear designed a single of all these threes, and in addition helped electrical energy a Florida assault that was devastating inside (26-for-54 on twos, 19 offensive rebounds and a 45.2 offensive rebounding share) towards the veteran-laden Ospreys. His 20 and 10 line possible isn’t heading to be a nightly factor for the Gators, however he additionally may really really feel like he owes the Seminoles a incredible exercise, provided that their towering frontcourt regularly gave him troubles at Virginia Tech previous to a 17-point, 9-rebound demonstrating in an time beyond regulation discount within the 2019 ACC Match.
And this isn’t the exact same formidable frontcourt that Hamilton usually trots out, with solely freshman Balsa Koprivica standing taller than 7 toes. While FSU nonetheless has a great deal of lanky defenders to points Florida’s wings, Blackshear have to be prepared to face tall inside for the Gators — who ought to, barring a actually insufficient taking footage night, lastly get again once more to profitable means versus their in-state rival.