The Florida Gators aren’t just beating teams. They’re toying with them—snatching opponents like prey in their snout, spitting them out and swallowing them whole again.
Florida’s latest victim: poor ’ole Marquette, which came to Gainesville in one piece and left in smithereens.
The Gators chewed up the Golden Eagles—as they have of every opponent so far this year, one voided half against Georgetown notwithstanding—and left a fossilized trail for future opponents to decipher. The message? These Gators are hungry.
Six Florida players finished in double figures—oft-used freshman guard Michael Frazier II the most surprising of the group—to power the No. 7 team in the nation past Marquette, 82-49, on day one of the SEC/Big East Challenge.
Frazier erupted for a team-high 17 points, canning five treys and fueling the UF offensive attack on a night when Kenny Boynton [again] did not have the hot hand. Star big man Patric Young, meanwhile, chipped in a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) while playing his first game of the season coming off the bench. Young found himself plunked on a seat next to Billy Donovan to start Thursday night’s contest because of a poor attitude demonstrated in practice.
Vander Blue was the only pulse on offense for Marquette, which compiled just 29 points as a team, excluding Blue’s 20. The Gators were swarming on defense from the opening tip, sealing off the perimeter, bumping Chris Otule and Davante Gardner off the block and making Junior Cadougan uncomfortable with the basketball all night.