A 17-2 run in the first half gave Florida the advantage they needed to comfortably see through the 88-73 win that drops Arkansas to 2-4 in conference play. Kevaughn Allen dropped 28 tonight, easily a high for him in SEC play, and the Gators rolled in a win that put them in a tie for first in the SEC and the Hogs searching for answers.
Jaylen Barford matched Allen’s offensive output with 28 of his own, but was largely creating on his own. Throughout the night, Arkansas’ offense seemingly just went through the motions and waited for someone to make a play. Again points in transition were few and far between, the Hogs only had four fast break points while the Gators had 14.
On defense, they couldn’t match Florida’s energy and the Gators found the open man regularly for the shot. The biggest discrepancy was the quality in shots each team were taking. Arkansas regularly took contested jumpers on drove in the lane with a handful of arms waiting to block shots. Florida was running a clinic in getting open threes or layups and the Hogs just looked like traffic cones.
In addition to that it was another tough game for Daryl Macon. He had 13 points on 6/15 shooting and has struggled after winning SEC Player of the Week after the Tennessee game. In his last four games he’s been a measly 3/18 from behind the three point line. If the Hogs want to turn things around, Macon will need to be the catalyst.