Florida’s viral injury bug has opened the door for many players anchored to the end of the bench to establish a role within the team, quickly transforming a squad with glaring personnel deficiencies into one of the deepest in the SEC.
Payne’s dominance belied the key to Florida’s success against the Bulldogs, scoring 52 points in the paint en route to a 92-84 victory Saturday night.
The Gators allowed 52 points in the paint Saturday afternoon, ensuring a 72-69 defeat despite a late-game comeback.
A 20-2 run in the final five minutes of the game saw UF salt away a 72-63 win over Ole Miss and return to winning ways in the SEC.
Fortunately for Florida, its subsequent game against the blue-blooded Kentucky Wildcats Saturday is an uncharacteristically easy matchup.
In one of the least contentious decisions of the night, Pitts was awarded the Mackey following a 770 yard, 12 touchdown campaign in 2020.
The Gators struggled and were ultimately overwhelmed by the size and physicality of the Crimson Tide, losing 86-71 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.