Florida State is the defending champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and came into this season projected to be one of the better teams in the league.
Yet, the Florida Gators made their win over the Seminoles on Wednesday night look easy.
Too easy. It was as if Florida State was a junior varsity team as went head-to-head with Florida.
Final Score: Gators 72, Seminoles 47. And really, it wasn’t even that close. Keep in mind this game was played in Tallahassee.
The No. 6 Gators didn’t ride the efforts of one player to the victory. They dominated the way good teams are supposed to dominate, with balanced scoring and a phenomenal defensive effort.
Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario scored 14 points apiece.
Michael Frazier clicked for 12 points.
Patric Young dominated in the post with 10 points and eight rebounds while Scottie Wilbekin did the little things right and dished out five assists to go along with five steals.
The Gators shot 49.1 percent from the field. They forced 22 turnovers and held the Seminoles to 38.4 percent shooting.
“Hopefully our guys are able to see that is our sum – our total – is maybe bigger than one or two individuals,” Florida head coach Billy Donovan said in a post-game press conference. “That is a good sign of a team.”
The Gators (7-0) are indeed a team in every sense of the word.
They believe in their system and look like a team with the ability to not only win a Southeastern Conference title this year, but win a national championship as well.
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton seems to be a believer.
“They’ve found the magic level,” Hamilton said in a post-game press conference. “They understand who they are and what their strengths and weaknesses are and they’re executing until they find the mistake that you’re going to make and they make you pay.”
The Gators made the Seminoles pay big time, and if they keep playing that way, Florida be a team to fear come March.
Brian Lester is a featured Big Ten columnist and college basketball writer for Rant Sports. He is a member of the United States Basketball Writers Association as well.
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