Florida knocks off No. 2 Tennessee men’s basketball in a 67-54 upset win

Florida knocks off No. 2 Tennessee men’s basketball in a 67-54 upset win

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Typically, No. 2 Tennessee blows through opponents behind the best defense in the nation. However, this time Florida locked in the Volunteers 67-54 to pull off the upset.

The Vols scored 20 points below their season average on 28% shooting from the field. In record single-digit time, the Gators held Tennessee scoreless while continuing a 6-0 run on offense.

The Gators picked up the pace by beating the Vols 10-0 in transition. Florida held the lead for most of the game.

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Colin Castleton led Florida with 20 points (16 in the second half) and nine rebounds. Kyle Lofton added 14 points and four assists.

Zakai Zeigler led the Volunteers with 15 points, 13 in the second half on just 1-of-7 shooting, but that wasn’t enough to eclipse the Gators.

Falling as the No. 2 team in the nation, Tennessee marks the 10th top-2 ranked team to lose this season according to ESPN Stats & Info.

No. 2 Tennessee lost to Florida, becoming the 10th different AP Top-2 school to lose this season.

This is already the most different Top 2 teams to lose in a season in AP Poll history pic.twitter.com/iRxJKhaKWQ

— ESPN Stats and Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 2, 2023

The Vols snapped a four-game winning streak and suffered their fourth loss to fall to 18-4. They will face No. 25 Auburn next Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Gators picked up their first victory of the season by earning their second ranked win and first over a top-5 opponent.

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