Florida Coach Billy Donovan says No. 4 Ohio State will be better off without All-America guard Evan Turner. Sound crazy? Not to Donovan, who witnessed a "complete" Buckeyes team dismantle his ninth-ranked Gators on Tuesday night.
Jared Sullinger and David Lighty scored 26 points each as Ohio State defeated Florida 93-75. The Buckeyes (2-0) used a nearly flawless second half to turn a small deficit into a double-digit lead that sent fans home with about five minutes remaining.
"Ohio State has a better chance of being a better team this year than they did a year ago," Donovan said. "Evan Turner's a great player, the player of the year in the country, and they won 29 games and did a great job.
"But when you have that kind of player, you really kind of become a little more one-dimensional. They are a complete team that probably has a chance to do a little more this season because there's going to be a lot more balance to their team."
Neither team played much defense. The Gators shot 61 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point range. The Buckeyes were slightly better at 63 and 43. The real difference came after halftime, when Ohio State hit 24 of 34 shots and sliced through Florida's press with relative ease. Sophomore guard Kenny Boynton led Florida with 21 points.
Nicholls State 62, Louisiana State 53: The Colonels snapped LSU's 22-year-old 82-game home-court win streak against in-state teams.
Anatoly Bose led Nicholls St. with 28 points. None of LSU's starters scored in double digits, and its leading scorers, freshmen Matt Derenbecker and Andre Stringer with 14, both came off the bench.
Georgia 83, Colorado 74: Gerald Robinson Jr. scored 21 points, and the Bulldogs overcame poor free-throw shooting at home. Georgia won despite making 28 of 43 foul shots and blowing a first-half lead of 17 points. Georgia led 72-70 when Robinson scored on a layup to push the lead to four points with 1:32 remaining. After a turnover by Colorado, Dustin Ware made two free throws for a 76-70 lead. Georgia continues to play without Trey Thompkins, the team's leading scorer and rebounder last season who is recovering from a high ankle sprain.