Social media reactions to Florida’s upset win over No. 2 Tennessee
Florida took down Tennessee on Wednesday night, 67-54, marking the first signature win of the Todd Golden era.
Coming into the game, not many believed that Florida would contend with a Volunteers team that’s been dominant all season long, especially on defense. The Gators can play some defense of their own, though, and quickly proved that they wouldn’t be backing down from a fight. Colin Castleton exploded in the second half for 16 of his 20 total points and led the team to a victory despite Tennessee’s best efforts.
This is the kind of win that will help Florida make the NCAA Tournament, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Gators didn’t look great against then No. 5 Kansas State on Saturday and Florida is slowly running out of chances to pick up Quadrant 1 wins.
All of the sudden, it’s pretty great to be a Florida Gator, and the fans aren’t exactly staying quiet on Twitter. Here’s a look at Gator Nation’s reaction to the big win on social media.
Calling all Gators fans
Are you tuned in to @GatorsMBK?🐊
We think you should be 🔥 pic.twitter.com/zdHGhMqbum
— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) February 2, 2023
It's great to be a Florida Gator
“It’s great to be a Florida Gator”
Florida up 63-54 with 43.8 seconds left pic.twitter.com/FYASeav1Cu
— Jacob Rudner (@JacobRudner) February 2, 2023
GATORS WIN! GATORS WIN!
Holy cow!! #GoGators🐊 pic.twitter.com/e5d8Oxiryx
— Ethan 🐊 (13-9) (@GatorsEthan) February 2, 2023
Colin Castleton balled
🚨 NO. 2 TENNESSEE GOES DOWN
Florida stuns the Vols behind 20 points from Colin Castleton 🐊 pic.twitter.com/frQq7Jppbr
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) February 2, 2023
And it's a big win for head coach Todd Golden
The Golden Era is going to be just fine! Go Gators!!!! #Florida #Gators #UF #basketball 🤩🎉🏀😎
— Clay Hurdle (@clay_hurdle) February 2, 2023
It's the first signature win of the new era
Florida grabs a SIGNATURE win over No. 2 Tennessee. 🐊 pic.twitter.com/5Vu3xJa8nK
— theScore (@theScore) February 2, 2023
Many were happy to eat their words
Gigantic win for the Gators. Todd Golden gets his signature win.
Challenged offensively but they really battle on defense. Spread the court, shared the ball, made free throws, Castleton was so good.
Man was I wrong. Thought they’d get rolled. Great win.
— Frank Frangie (@Frank_Frangie) February 2, 2023
Florida is not a court storming school
A smattering of boos as the O-Dome PA warns fans to "please stay off the court." The #Gators lead Tennessee 63-54 in the final 40 seconds.
— G. Allan Taylor (@GAllanTaylor) February 2, 2023
Soak it in, Casty
Florida F Colin Castleton. coming into the press room "damn that's good" #Gators
— KevinBrockwayGators (@KevinBrockwayG1) February 2, 2023
This is why he came back
Where does this one rank Colin? '1.,' Castleston said of #Gators win against Tennessee.
— Edgar Thompson (@osgators) February 2, 2023
Shout out to the Rowdies too
Damn good win for @GatorsMBK vs 2nd ranked Tennessee tonight.
Florida have now won 5 of the last 6 vs the Vols in Gainesville.
Colin Castleton is such a game changer on both sides of the court.
Shout out to the Rowdy Reptiles….crowd was incredible.
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) February 2, 2023
This could be the start of a big run for the team
Cannot overstate how huge of a win that is for the Florida program. They needed a win like that to re-energize the program so badly. That was really awesome.
— Ethan Budowsky (@ethanbudowsky) February 2, 2023
The SEC is on notice
Bruce Pearl on Florida's win against Tennessee tonight: "That's a big, big program win" for former BP assistant Todd Golden
— Tom Green (@Tomas_Verde) February 2, 2023
Coach Golden gets the last word
#Gators head coach Todd Golden after upsetting No. 2 Tennessee at home, 67-54. pic.twitter.com/WfxQG0TqJK
— Weiss (@ZackaryWeiss_) February 2, 2023
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