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At the Buzzer: Florida 72, South Carolina 46 (Instant Analysis)

March 5, 2014
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AT THE BUZZER
Florida 72, South Carolina 46 

WHAT HAPPENED: Michael Frazier II happened, that’s what. All the sophomore shooting guard did was score a career-high 37 points by burying 11 3-point shots on his 18 attempts and nearly single-handedly rally the top-ranked Gators to their 22nd straight win Tuesday. Frazier shattered the 27-year-old school record for treys in a single game. UF led by just four midway through the second half when Frazier bombed four 3s over a 3-minute period to help open a 22-point spread and commence the rout. The win was UF’s 22nd straight overall, ninth straight road win and kept the Gators undefeated in Southeastern Conference play. 

WHAT IT MEANS: A one-shot chance at history. The Gators have won all 17 of their SEC games, meaning they’ll play Saturday for a chance to become the first time in league history ever to finish an 18-game conference schedule unbeaten. From the 1964-65 season, the SEC played an 18-game slate until expanding from 10 to 12 teams in 1991 and shrinking the schedule to 16 games. Over those 27 years, Kentucky (three times), Vanderbilt and LSU (once each) finished 17-1, but never 18-0.  

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Duh. The previous record for 3-balls was held by Joe Lawrence, who went 9-for-10 from distance against California on Dec. 27, 1986. Frazier’s point total matched the most ever scored by a player under Billy Donovan at Florida. That was done by Joakim Noah against Georgia on March 1, 2006 on the way to the first of UF’s back-to-back NCAA championships.

STAGGERING STATISTIC: As a team, the Gators finished 11 of 31 from the 3-point line. That means other than Frazier, UF was 0-for-13 from distance and still won the game going away.

SUBPLOT: Gamecocks fans really didn’t have a lot to say after watching Frazier’s onslaught and their team scoring just 20 points in the second half. As UF emptied its bench, what was left of the crowd at at Colonial Life Arena began a serenade of “GEORG-IA SOUTH-ERN! GEORG-IA SOUTHERN!” 

UP NEXT: The regular season comes to a close Saturday when the Gators (28-2, 17-0) play host to No. 25 Kentucky (21-8, 11-5 heading into Tuesday night’s home date against Alabama) in the “Senior Day” swan song for Patric Young, Will Yeguete, Scottie Wilbekin and Casey Prather at the O’Connell Center. Bring tissues.


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