Welp. The Gators were trounced by the Wolverines today, which means the national champion in basketball won’t come from the SEC this year, as there are no teams from the conference left in the tourney.
Michigan 79, Florida 59
This was probably not how the Gators envisioned their time in the Big Dance ending. After coming from behind to beat FGCU on Friday, UF couldn’t work that same magic against the Wolverines. UM went on a 13-0 run to start the game, and the Gators didn’t score until the 16:30 mark.
Florida had repeated multi-minute stretches where they didn’t make any baskets, but the Wolverines did, which made it pretty tough for them to cut into Michigan’s lead. Midway through the first half, the Wolverines were up 25-8, and they led by as many as 24 points before taking a 47-30 lead into the locker room.
Things temporarily got a tiny bit better for UF in the second half. They went on an 8-3 run to start the half, which pulled them to within 11 points. Both teams went through some lengthy scoreless stretches, but UM had built up a big enough lead that the Gators still didn’t pose much of a threat. The Wolverines were back on top by 20 points midway through the half, and Florida couldn’t get themselves much closer than that for the remainder of the game.
Will Yeguete led the Gators with 13 points, seven rebounds, and a steal. Nik Stauskas had 22 points and three assists to lead the Wolverines. UF was outshot 46.2 percent to 41.1 percent and both teams had 34 rebounds.
Florida finishes the season 29-8 overall and they went 14-4 in conference play. Michigan improves to 30-7 overall and was 12-6 in the Big Ten.