UConn 65 UF 64

Inside the boxscore: UConn 65, UF 64

1. With Monday's loss the Gators are now 6-2 on the season with losses to Wisconsin and UConn. This is the 8th straight season Billy Donovan's Gators have had at least two out of conference losses prior to league play. The last time they didn't was in the 2005-06 season when they went 13-0 before their first SEC game, on their way to the first of two consecutive national titles.

2. UConn, meanwhile, is 8-0. To get there they beat Maryland, Indiana, and Florida by one point each, and Boston College by two. In the Luck rating at kenpom.com, they are now No. 8 among 351 Division I teams. Fans hate the concept of luck when the alternative is big-balled clutchitude, but the reality is that during 65 or so possessions there are innumerable instances where a millimeter one way or the other could have changed the outcome. UF's Scotty Wilbekin and UConn's Shabazz Napier both landed on an opponent's foot in the waning minutes of the game. Wilbekin's rolled ankle was significant enough to knock him out of the game. Therefore, he couldn't be guarding Napier, whose own ankle roll was less serious, on his game winning shot. Luck matters.

3. That Gators only attempted nine 3-pointers (making 3). It matches the lowest attempts for a Billy Donovan team since at least 2000. They also attempted just nine vs Georgia in 2007. The Gators are 306th in 3-pt attempts, after being 40th last year and 5th the year before.

4. UConn made 11-24 3s. It's the 3rd time this year that UConn has made that many 3s in a game, and for the year they're making 44.9%, which is 6th best nationally.

5. The Huskies won 65-64 in a 64 possession game. Six of the Gators eight games have featured 65 or fewer possessions, and they have the 324th fastest tempo in the nation. UConn is slightly faster, at 220th.

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