Last Saturday at Rupp Arena, Texas A&M’s Elston Turner had the game of his life, hitting nearly every shot, leading the Aggies to an upset over the Wildcats while scoring 40 points.
Thursday night, back home in College Station against 10th-ranked Florida, Turner scored four.
Blame it on the post-UK letdown. Blame it on Florida’s fanatical defense. The Aggies were trounced 68-47 by Billy Donovan’s Gators. Florida led 35-18 at halftime and by as many as 30 points in the second half while holding an opponent under 50 points for the eighth time in 15 games.
Meanwhile, after making 14 of 19 shots from the floor and six of 10 from three-point range against Kentucky, Turner missed nine of his 10 shots against the Gators and finished in single digits for the first time all year.
Afterward, Florida players said that game film showed that the Aggie sharpshooter loved to go to his right. Scottie Wilbekin took the assignment of guarding Turner, but Patric Young said the scouting report told Donovan’s club what it needed to do.
“Watching the Kentucky game, (Turner) loves to go right; all his points and baskets come when he goes to the right,” Young said. “So we forced him to, when he comes to the ball, to go to his left so he can’t get a quick shot up. Scottie did a great job making him uncomfortable, being the pesky defender that he is.”
So what does this say about Kentucky, which lost by a dozen points on its home floor to Billy Kennedy’s club last week? Or do you chalk it up to a team upsetting the Cats, then experiencing the inevitable letdown?
Either way, this was the lead in this morning’s College Station-Bryan Eagle: “Florida is no Kentucky.”