Dorian Finney-Smith scored 15 points, Michael Frazier II added 12 and No. 7 Florida opened the season with a 68-45 victory over William & Mary on Friday night.
Florida’s record-setting run through the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA tournament last season will be difficult, maybe even impossible, to top.
Scottie Wilbekin sat hunched in his locker, his eyes red, his voice hush and his legs still cramping.
The Great Danes made 10 of their first 15 shots, swapped the lead back and forth early and even had the Gators reeling late.
The Florida Gators aren’t a perfect basketball team, but you couldn’t tell that by looking at the team’s record as it prepares to play in the NCAA tournament as the top overall seed.
With strands of net behind their ears, Florida seniors Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete and Patric Young stopped at midcourt and kissed the floor.
Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, and top-ranked Florida used a season-high 13 3-pointers to overwhelm LSU 79-61 Saturday and extend its school-record winning streak to 21 games.
For at least 30 minutes, No. 14 Kentucky proved it could compete with one of the best teams in the country. The Wildcats just couldn’t sustain the effort down the stretch in a 69-59 loss to third-ranked Florida on Saturday night that ended their four-game winning streak and 22-game run at Rupp Arena.
Patric Young has a message for anyone who believes Florida’s success this season has to do with playing in a two-team Southeastern Conference.
Michael Frazier II scored 17 points, Scottie Wilbekin added 13 and No. 6 Florida handled Tennessee 67-41 on Saturday for its 11th consecutive win.