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The Gators have now won 27 consecutive games at home after their victory over Texas A&M Saturday.

Saturday February 1, 2014At the Buzzer: Florida 69, Texas A&M 36 (Instant Analysis)

The Gators have now won 27 consecutive games at home after their victory over Texas A&M Saturday.

Chris Harry
By Chris Harry Senior Writer


WHAT HAPPENED: The third-ranked Gators absolutely vaporized the Aggies, limiting their Southeastern Conference foe to just 25.9 percent shooting to win their 13th straight game. UF’s defensive effort helped the Gators match their record for fewest points scored by an SEC opponent since 1950. On his 22nd birthday, Patric Young scored nine points and grabbed a season-best 14 rebounds, coming a point shy of the first double-double of his senior season. Sophomore forward Dorian Finney-Smith had 11 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore guard Michael Frazier led all scorers with 21 points, equaling his career high.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Gators remained undefeated in SEC play and two games up in the league standings on Kentucky and Ole Miss, both of whom won Saturday. The victory also was the 27th straight at home.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Young was serenaded with “Happy Birthday” when he came out on the floor to start the game and responded with one of his most passionate efforts of the season.

STAGGERING STATISTIC: UF absolutely pummeled A&M on the glass, beasting to a 57-27 rebounding advantage. Now, obviously, a poor night shooting by the visitors had a direct correlation, but someone still has to grab those misses. The Aggies came into the game ranked at the bottom of the SEC in rebounding (just 29.9 per game) and it showed. The Gators had four players with at least eight rebounds.

SUBPLOT: Florida’s roster officially has grown by one. Welcome, Chris Walker, the 6-foot-10 McDonald’s All-America center is now eligible to play. He adds depth in the front court, more defense in the post and the kind of rim-rattling highlight potential -- on both ends -- that earned him the nickname “Sky” Walker during his prep career at Bonifay (Fla.) Holmes County High.

UP NEXT: The Gators (19-2, 8-0), after a quick turnaround from Thursday night’s game, have another quick turnaround of sorts with Missouri (16-5, 4-4) due in town Tuesday night. The Tigers were beaten at home Saturday by Kentucky and now get the SEC front-runners on the night the Walker circus comes to town.


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