. The Gators are the only team in Ken Pom's top 25 outside the top 100 nationally in offensive efficiency. In fact, of the 25 teams, UF ranks 107th (1.06) and the next closest is Purdue at 54th (1.09). Where Florida makes up for it is on the defensive end with the fourth-best defensive efficiency in the country (0.90). But perhaps tonight offers a decent chance for the Gators to put the ball in the bucket. Against its last four power conference opponents, Tennessee allowed 82 (Nebraska), 94 (Butler), 86 (Gonzaga), and 83 (Auburn).
“When we’ve approached games where we’ve spent too much emphasis on offense — where maybe you have guys, again, new to a staff, new to a style, new plays, seven new players — when we’re thinking about scoring, how many shots I can get tonight or how many I can score, certain things like that with an inexperienced team, it has set us up for poor performances in the past.
“I think over the last few, we’ve done a better job of controlling what we’re better at controlling. Obviously we’re not a great 3-point shooting team or free-throw shooting team right now. It’s a work in progress; doesn’t mean we can’t continue working on those things. It doesn’t meant that every other game, every third game, every fourth game, who knows, that we’ll shoot the ball well.
“But to hang our hat on (shooting) I think would be foolish on our part.”