Well this was a game of ups and downs. We came out firing on all cylinders then faded going into halftime but the second half we shot over 80% from the field and pulled away for good. Tennessee played us hard they deserve credit for that but overall we were just the more powerful and skillful team. I was very impressed with our free throw shooting down the stretch. We actually made them when it counted and finished with (25-37) 67%.
We had all 5 starters in double figures with Boynton leading the way with 22 points and 4 assists. Chandler Parsons was a beast as usual with 12 points 7 rebounds and 4 rebounds. He did have 4 fouls but with the way the refs were calling fouls toward the end of the game, everyone was picking up multiple fouls. Overall though it was a very solid game for the entire team. We even had Patric Young pulling down 5 rebounds too.
The main area where we could use some assistance is our steals and turnovers. In this game we gave up 12 steals and we had 15 turnovers overall. This is way too much to give up if we plan on continuing to win down the stretch against some more solid teams. We also let Tennessee get the advantage in Offensive Rebounds. They pulled down 12 to our measly 5. Once again that will need to be fixed if we plan on progressing. This will have to be a team fix not just Macklin. Everyone needs to be more active on the missed shots.
Well next up is either Mississippi St. or Vanderbilt. Personally I don't want to play Vanderbilt but in the same sense in order to increase our quality wins if we get another one over Vandy that will greatly impress the people picking Tournament seeds. Because with the #11 and #9 team losing today, if we keep winning we have a great chance to move up in the polls and if we beat Vanderbilt (considering they win tonight) and then beat Kentucky (considering they beat Alabama) in the Championship that might boost us to the #2 seeding which would rock. But that is still to be determined, there is no need to look to the future when we still have early games to play.
Time to rest up before tomorrow and see who we play. Good luck and play hard Gators! See you guys tomorrow.