GAINESVILLE -- An average South Carolina team beat UF at the buzzer on Wednesday night in Columbia, S.C. By average, we me mean average for the SEC, which is terrible this season.
On Monday, Florida's players talked about defensive complacency not being a problem this season. Last season, UF faded during conference play, losing seven of its final 10 games. Shades of that collapse emerged on Wednesday when South Carolina's Zam Fredrick caught a long inbounds pass in the final seconds and made a lay-up. Florida's best defender, Dan Werner, was outhustled.
"It was a bang-bang play and maybe Dan got caught resting a little bit and Zam blew past him," Donovan said after the game. "It was a heartbreaking loss for our team."
UF led by seven points (67-60) with 96 seconds left in the game but Nick Calathes turned the ball over with 1:04 left to play and then, up by two points, missed the front end of a one-and-one with 12 seconds to play. With two seconds to play, UF led 69-68 when Chandler Parsons missed a foul shot and Mike Holmes grabbed the rebound. He launched the ball down the court to Fredrick, who caught the pass and outplayed Werner.
UF is now 16-3 and 3-1 in the SEC. Where do you project UF at the end of the season: NCAA Tournament or NIT?