Posted 12/08/2014 at 10:54 AM
Florida is below .500 for the first time since the conclusion of Billy Donovan's second season (1996-97) when it lost a first-round NIT game to Georgetown. It wasn't easy getting there.
The Gators, who played the best basketball of their season in racing out to an 18-point lead early in the second half at Kansas this past Friday night, completely fell apart the rest of the way and lost to the Jayhawks by a 71-65 count.
Nevertheless, UF covered the spread as a 7.5-point road underdog. For those who wisely backed KU as a seven-point favorite at halftime when it trailed by 15 (+8 adjusted), it was an easy trip to the window to cash a winner.
Florida was stuck on 52 points for what seemed like an eternity in the second half. The Gators went more than seven minutes without a field goal at that point.
On the bright side, Chris Walker had his best career game. The sophomore center will probably get more playing time tonight vs. Yale. Walker had a career-best 12 points at KU, making 5-of-6 shots from the field. He also had five rebounds in 19 minutes of action.
UF is a 9.5-point home favorite against the Bulldogs, who pulled a shocker Friday night when they upset UConn. The total for 'over/under' wagers is 119. Yale is +400 on the money line (risk $100 to win $400).
According to UF beat writer Chris Harry, Florida guard Eli Carter will miss his third straight game with an ankle injury. Carter didn't practice all of last week and didn't make the trip to Lawrence. The Rutgers transfer is an explosive scorer and offense is what the Gators are missing right now. They are still playing without Duke transfer Alex Murphy, who won't be eligible for two more weeks.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Eastern on The SEC Network.