Things started bad and ended worse for USC Wednesday night in Gainesville. The 4th ranked Florida Gators opened the game with an 11-2 run. With just over 11 minutes left in the half they lead 17-4. With about nine minutes left it was 21-4 Gators, and by the time they reached the half the home team had a 33-10 lead.
It got worse.
Florida opened the second half on a 20-5 run to brush away any chance of a quasi respectable college basketball game taking place. The final score was 75-36.
After taking the beating Frank Martin responded about how you might expect Frank Martin to respond.
“I don’t think you guys need me to explain that we took a complete ass whooping so it is what it is,” Martin said.
Yeah, that pretty well sums up a 39 point loss. No need to sugarcoat it. On a separate but related note: Florida is really, really good. It hasn’t been quite THIS bad, but the Gators have been blown out all 7 SEC teams they’ve faced this season.
“They’re just old and strong and they know how to play and we’re not,” Martin said. They’ve got a 265 pound center and we’ve got RJ who is 215 pounds. They’ve got 6-10 guys, we’ve got 6-5 guys.”
The 10 point total in the first half is the lowest for an SEC team this season. 36 points is also the lowest point total ever in an SEC game for USC. It drains some of the confidence the Gamecock players had gained coming off a blowout win over Arkansas in their last game.
“I’m discouraged. They’re discouraged. But, I’m not going to disregard what we’ve done for the last seven weeks either. Listen, we got manhandled today. It is what it is. What are we going to do? Cry? Make excuses? We got thrown around like a junior varsity high school team here today. We got to wake up, we got to get back to what we’ve done, we’ve got to understand that our enthusiasm and our toughness has to get better. I told the players I hope this makes you understand that as a player you better get bigger, stronger, faster. …so the next time you are given an opportunity like this your better prepared to handle it.”
Here is the final box if you dare look. Michael Carrera led USC with 13 points. He also had nine rebounds. Bruce Ellington finished with seven points.
USC returns home to face Georgia Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs beat Auburn Wednesday night.
You can enjoy all of Martin’s postgame interview below.