It didn’t come down to last minute free throws or a clutch shot for the Gators this time. What ended up happening instead for Florida in their lopsided 72-46 victory over South Carolina was a stellar performance from sophomore guard Michael Frazier II.
Frazier had a career high, scoring 37 points on 57 percent shooting from the field. If you thought that wasn’t impressive enough, he was even better from the three point line. He shot 61 percent and broke the school record for three pointers made in a game with 11.
He accounted for over 50 percent of their scoring and the only Gator player to score in double figures. That’s understandable considering he took a season high 21 shot attempts from the floor.
While Frazier may have been the offensive juggernaut this game, it was the entire team that played exceptional defense. Florida held the Gamecocks to just 20 points in the second half, forcing them to shoot 32 percent and just 25 from beyond the arc.
UF’ record improves to 28-2 and 17-0 in the SEC. They have won 22 consecutive games this season and nine straight wins on the road which gives them the third longest streak in the country.
On top of all that, the Gators become the fourth team in SEC history to have won 17 conference games. That’s something that hasn’t happened since Kentucky did it back in 1986.
Coincidentally enough, the Wildcats will be the final team the top ranked Gators will face before closing out the regular season and entering the SEC tournament next week.
Florida defeated Kentucky at Rupp Arena 69-59 back in mid February. The Gators are looking for the regular season sweep of the Cats, a feat that hasn’t occurred since the 2006-07 season.