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3 takeaways from blowout win over Milwaukee


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Especially at the end of the 2020-21 season, the Gators relied very heavily on hero ball from Tre Mann to score points. Through three games in 2021-22, that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. This team is moving the ball very well, and it’s setting up a lot of open looks.

Florida had 21 assists as a team, and it shot 47% from the field as a unit. After a slow start from behind the three point-line, the Gators eventually nailed 11 threes, though it came on 28 attempts. And it wasn’t just from downtown that they found success; 40 of the team’s 81 points came in the paint.

While Castleton led the team in scoring, three other players reached double figures. After scoring just two points in the first half, guard Tyree Appleby finished with 14. All but one of his shots was from three, and he was 4-of-7 from range. Meanwhile, Duruji scored 12 points (on several dunks) to go with seven rebounds in addition to his defensive efforts against Baldwin Jr.

Finally, Phlandrous Fleming Jr. scored double digits for the first time this season, going 5 of 11 for 12 points playing 19 minutes coming off the bench.

It’s early in the season, and this team’s apparent offensive improvement will certainly be tested as the season goes on. But for now, this looks like one of the most formidable offenses White has had in Gainesville.

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