The Florida Gators got here into Sunday’s showdown with the Florida State Seminoles with their ultimate chance nonetheless to alter near a rivalry that the varsity out west had put in a chokehold within the newest a long time.
As a substitute, the Seminoles’ grip on the sequence solely tightened.
FSU held Florida to a depressing 28 % taking pictures from the flooring and a woeful 18 p.c from a couple of and designed a resilient double-digit direct en path to a 63-51 purchase that leaves Mike White and his players with egg on their faces and a major sum of function to do.
And the place by actually ought to they start?
The dearth of defensive self-control that led to botched and lazy rotations and permitted FSU to repeatedly contemplate — and, within the subsequent fifty %, make — open up footage?
The horrible taking pictures — Florida went Four-for-22 from distance — that appeared to equally be its very personal insufficient shut and a virus that left the Gators tentative a lot too normally?
The offensive stagnation that noticed Andrew Nembhard carry out simply one in every of his worst video games in a Florida uniform — his 6 particulars, three helps, and 4 turnovers don’t seize his ineffectiveness — and quick-circuit the remainder of the Gators’ assault to the place that each one of Kerry Blackshear’s 10 particulars arrived from the foul line?
Or the typically deficiency of sustained depth to match that of FSU, a plan that has been perpetually up for Florida round what’s now a six-activity profitable streak within the sequence, and has dealt White’s Gators 5 losses, the earlier three by double digits?
There may be so considerably to do the job on, and so tiny to develop on — Keyontae Johnson led all Gators with 17 factors many thanks largely to his aggressive mind-set, I suppose, and Blackshear had 13 rebounds for his second straight double-double? — that White and Florida might nicely nicely be organising from scratch on Monday early morning, ripping up any packages they’d for molding a gifted bunch of players into the formidable group many expect Florida to sooner or later be.
All we all know proper now’s that Florida shouldn’t be that crew — and that it appears to be a protracted distance, and maybe a really very long time, from attending to be it.