Five takeaways from Florida’s 63-60 loss at Missouri last night.
1. Florida led by 13 points in second half and lost the lead in much the same fashion the Gators lost at Arizona early in this season and to Louisville in that Elite Eight heartbreak last year. Florida was outscored 27-11 over the final 10:51.
2. The Gators were 6-of-12 from the foul line. During one stretch in the second half, Patric Young, then Scottie Wilbekin, then Young again missed the front end of a bonus situation at the line.
3. Kentucky isn’t the only team that comes out of a timeout and deviates from the plan. Late in the game, Florida coach Billy Donovan wanted to go inside-out after a timeout, but guard Kenny Boynton jacked up an off-balance three-pointer that missed. And Boynton is a senior.
4. Florida has lost two straight on the road. The Gators are still clearly the best team in the league, but they are also clearly not as dominant as they were through the first half of the conference campaign. Perhaps teams have figured better ways to play the Gators.
5. The absence of Will Yeguete is a factor. Casey Prather turned in an exceptional game against Kentucky after Yeguete was sidelined with a broken foot, but Prather was less effective off the bench last night. Missouri outrebounded the Gators 40-28.