Can the Gators men’s basketball team change its fortunes? – ESPN 98.1 FM

The Gators head to South Carolina:

Florida’s Brandon McKissic, left, Tyree Appleby, center forward, Anthony Duruji, center back and Colin Castleton (12) react after losing to Maryland in an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday 12 December 2021 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

The Florida Gators (9-6) men’s basketball team will face the South Carolina Gamecocks (10-6) Saturday at 1 p.m.

So far, the Gators have had the definition of a season of ups and downs. They started the season strong, winning six straight games. Since those games, the Gators have struggled to win, losing six and winning just three games. They have also lost their last three games. What happened?

The last three defeats could be attributed to the team playing their toughest competition. Florida faced No. 24-ranked Alabama, No. 4-ranked Auburn, and No. 12-ranked Louisiana State. That being said, the Gators’ shooting was ineffective, to say the least. . Over their past three games, the Gators have averaged 25 three-point attempts and have converted at an average of just over 28%.

In the past three games, 46% of the Gators’ shooting selection has been behind the three-point line. Almost half the shots they take are three-pointers, and when you convert those shots less than a third of the time, you’re not winning games.

The positives you can take from the game are that in every game the Gators have fought.

When asked about the tough streak and tight competition, Florida’s leading scorer Colin Castleton had this to say: “I’m not happy with a loss…I hate to lose. I don’t care who it is.

According to ESPN, the Gators go to South Carolina as 59% favorites.

The story of two different teams:

The Gamecocks have a similar record to the Gators but the expectations are indeed different. Coming from the back of last year’s team with a 6-15 record, the Gamecocks have been looking to change their fortunes this season. South Carolina was able to beat established programs like Georgetown, Vanderbilt and Florida State.

Like many other teams, they have been hampered by Covid-19 protocols. Since this struggle at the start of the season, they have been able to compete and win a few games.

South Carolina play-by-play announcer Derek Scott spoke about the team’s calling card.

South Carolina was able to come back to the team which is stingy on defense, forcing the opposition to take hard hits.

The Gators and Gamecocks play a similar high-energy mentality defense. This next game will showcase both hearts of the team.

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