Having limited Florida (5-2) to 36.7 percent shooting, Florida State took a 42-35 lead into the halftime break. No rain fell in Rainsville.
There's no doubt that Jimbo Fisher made his mark at Florida State. But there is no denying in White's third season the Gators have re-established themselves as one of the nation's top teams. "This was a complete bounce back from Boise State, and our guys were excited to get that taste out of their mouth".
In a state of shock, his mind racing, his blood boiling, UF coach Mike White tried to gather his thoughts following a loss no one saw coming.
"That's who we are", White said of UF's offensive explosiveness.
Florida had its worst offensive performance of the season, scoring fewer than one point per possession (0.89) for the first time this season. It's not our strength. Kevarrius Hayes, he had no defensive rebounds but he fought as hard as anybody, Kevarrius and Chris Chiozza are flying around, playing with physicality. Nearly immediately, every aspect was changed including the team's practice routine, what they ate and how they worked out.
Florida State used its length and athleticism to shut down No. 5 Florida on Monday night as the Seminoles picked up an 83-66 win over their in-state rival. We played exceptionally well and Florida didn't play as well as they're capable. He has three double-doubles in seven games. "It's still early, just like us, to determine what will be their identity and how good they'll be but they're off to really good start".
The Gators (5-1) are back in action for the first time since losing to No. 1 Duke at the Phil Knight Invitational tournament championship game eight days ago and they are anxious to get back to playing competitively again.
It was a sign of things to come.
On Monday night, Florida State pushed Florida around in many ways and scored a surprisingly easy 83-66 victory.
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FSU didn't shoot much better - 39 percent from the floor and 7 of 23 on 3-point attempts.
Florida shot just 11 of 30 from the field in the first half and 4 of 16 from 3-point range.
Nuni Omot added 15 points and Tristan Clark had 14 on 6-of-7 shooting.
"We were pressing from the jump", White said. "It was "how quickly can I get a shot up" putting our head down against a team that does a good job swarming to the basketball and taking charges".
Florida coach Mike White said after the game that he had been anxious about his team playing soft, and he said that's what happened in this game.
The Gators did pull within four points early in the second half, at 48-44, on an alley-oop dunk by Hudson.
"It's super humbling", Hudson said. "We've had games that we've won that shots haven't fallen". "That's what it's got to be and we are too comfortable with being comfortable". Stokes is still at least a month away from returning and could choose to redshirt. Walker was 10 of 11 from the free-throw line and Cofer made four 3-pointers. The Seminoles have won their last three meetings with the Gators and they come in with their first 6-0 start since 2008-09 after defeating Rutgers 78-73 Tuesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Totals 21-58 18-25 66.
Fifth-year senior guard Egor Koulechov, who finished 1-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, called the loss "a reality check".