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Florida knocked off No. 13-ranked Kansas 67-61 Tuesday night at the O'Connell Center.

Tuesday December 10, 2013At the Buzzer: Florida 67, Kansas 61 (instant analysis)

Florida knocked off No. 13-ranked Kansas 67-61 Tuesday night at the O'Connell Center.

Chris Harry
By Chris Harry
GatorZone.com Senior Writer

AT THE BUZZER
FLORIDA 67, KANSAS 61

WHAT IT MEANS: The Gators knocked off one of the blue bloods of the college basketball world in the marquee event of ESPN’s Big 12/SEC Challenge. Senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin was sensational, finishing with 18 points, six assists and four steals in his fourth game back from the suspended list. Casey Prather, UF’s leading scorer at 19 points per game, went scoreless for the game’s first 28 minutes, but hit 10 straight free throws down the stretch to help ice the win. He finished with 12 points. UF has now gone 2-1 in its four-game gauntlet of Florida State (one-point win), at 13th-ranked Connecticut (one-point loss at buzzer) and now Kansas.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins, the consensus No. 1 freshman in the country, performed as advertised, scoring 26 points, including a pair of late 3-pointers to keep the Jayhawks close, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Wiggins went 7-for-15 from the floor and 4-for-9 from the arc.

STAGGERING STATISTIC: UF forced Kansas into 24 turnovers, including 16 in the first half that led to 22 of the Gators’ 36 points. Florida, meanwhile, turned the ball over just twice in the first period.

BONUS STAGGERING STATISTIC: Florida went a woeful 20-for-34 from the free-throw line, yet held on for the victory. 

SUBPLOT: UF freshman point guard Kasey HIll returned after missing the previous four games with a high ankle sprain. He scored six points -- including two huge free throws with 10 seconds to go -- and carded three assists, but more importantly gave the Gators a much-needed extra body in their rotation.

UP NEXT: Florida (7-2) will have a week off before heading to New York City to face 16th-ranked Memphis (6-1) in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

 

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