3 takeaways as Gators come up short against LSU

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If there is a bright spot from Florida’s first two games of SEC play, it’s been the performances from center Colin Castleton, at least on offense. He led the team in scoring once again in this one with 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting, and he nearly netted a double-double with nine rebounds. With that being said, he needs to play a bit better defensively. While he had three blocks, the Tigers found a lot of success inside, scoring 42 of their points in the paint.

Outside of Castleton though, there isn’t much to speak of on offense. Phlandrous Fleming Jr. scored 11 in this one, and though he was just 4 of 11 from the field, he was at least the only Gator that could consistently hit the three-ball. He connected on three of his eight attempts from long range, but as a team, Florida was abysmal.

Even without two of its key players in the frontcourt, LSU managed to force Florida to go to the outside shots, where it hit just seven of its 31 (!) attempts from three-point land. We’ve seen UF struggle from downtown this year, especially in recent contests, but it’s hard to understand why it continued to lob up threes in this one, especially at the rate it was connecting on them.

Myreon Jones was the next leading scorer with nine points, but he mostly relied on the free-throw line as he was just 2 of 12 shooting. However, he still made just three of his six shots from the line, and for someone who is supposed to be a spot-up shooter, he’s struggling to get involved offensively. Anthony Duruji had about average production in this one, scoring eight points, though he only netted two rebounds.

Castleton is a dominant center in the SEC, but as long as Florida is relying on him almost exclusively for its scoring, it will struggle to take down much more well-rounded teams, as we’ve seen so far in conference play.

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