Florida basketball has had an interesting season. The Gators are 24-6, and each of their 24 victories has come by at least 12 points.
On the flip side, five of Florida’s six losses have come by six points or less. For some reason, the Gators have not been able to pull out close games. They have blown late leads in ugly fashion on numerous occasions, the last of which came Saturday at Kentucky.
Florida went the final 7:36 without scoring in its 61-57 loss, and the Gators let another game they seemed to control late slip away. Earlier this season, Florida had a six-point lead with just over a minute left at Arizona and lost. At Missouri, the Gators led by double digits midway through the second half but fell short there, too.
One thing is certain: If Florida is going to advance deep into the NCAA tournament, it has to figure out its struggles in close games.
Here is how the Gators can solve their late-game woes.