Florida finished off a phenomenal week to kick off SEC play in thrilling fashion, as Chris Chiozza scored a game-winning bucket on one of the most exciting plays of the season:
Florida would win 77-75 behind 16 points from Jalen Hudson off the bench. Chiozza chipped in with 13 points and six assists as five Gators reached double-figures.
The Gators did get somewhat lucky as the schedule played out. Texas A&M, who was No. 5 in the country at the time, was playing without their leading scorer D.J. Hogg and their third-leading scorer Admon Gilder. Missouri, of course, does not have Michael Porter Jr. on the floor for them right now.
But that doesn’t really matter, does it?
The Gators won two losable road games, putting themselves in position to make a run at an SEC regular season title while simultaneously doing a lot to help their NCAA tournament résumé.