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As Kenny Boynton goes, so goes Florida.
Of course, the Gators couldn't put away Arizona, and several players performed poorly against Kansas State. But Boynton's two least efficient outings this year coincide with Florida's two losses.
KenPom measures a player's offensive efficiency by offensive rating (ORtg). Any season-long number in the high-120s and above can be considered exceptional—Florida's Erik Murphy actually leads all players used in at least 20 percent of his team's possessions with a 133.4 ORtg.
Boynton's 121.9 ORtg falls slightly below the exceptional level but still ranks No. 44 nationally. The senior has compiled six outings with ORtgs of 135 or higher.
But in Florida's losses to Arizona and Kansas State, Boynton's respective ORtgs were 57 and 86, his lowest marks on the season. Had Boynton shot better than 2-of-12 from deep in the two defeats, perhaps Florida would be 14-0 instead of 12-2.
The Gators have several players capable of stepping up, but even when each of Boynton's teammates posted ORtgs of 110 or higher against Arizona, Florida still lost. All the blame can't be placed on Boynton for the team's first loss, as two defensive lapses helped the Wildcats win.
But he's the team's go-to scorer, and a prolonged cold spell could open the door for another SEC squad to capture the title.