The Florida Gators men’s basketball team won its Southeastern Conference home opener against the LSU Tigers on Saturday, 83-79, to improve their overall record to 5-1 and remain undefeated in the conference at 2-0.
Florida was favored by 1.5 points coming in by BetMGM and the game was close for the opening 20 minutes, finishing with a 40-40 tie score. However, the Gators stepped up their game in the second frame and pulled away with an early run, ultimately seizing their first victory of 2021.
After losing SEC Preseason Player of the Year Keyontae Johnson to a mysterious heart condition, it is prudent to evaluate how the team recaptures its identity. Here is a breakdown of how the team responded against the high-flying Tigers.