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Kansas State 'quicker' than Florida in upset win

After Kansas State shocked No. 8 Florida, Billy Donovan said the Wildcats were "a step ahead" of the Gators.

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Kansas State surprised No. 8 Florida Friday night, knocking off the Gators, 67-61. After his team's loss, Florida head coach Billy Donovan said the Wildcats were the quicker team on the court.

"I thought in the game they were just a step ahead of us and a step quicker. We were late. I think we let (Will) Spradling get loose several times on some three-point shots. We gave up some offensive rebounds. We had a couple of plays there where we were just late on some things in particular our guards getting around and over screens."

Kansas State connected on 7-of-17 three-pointers, including 3-of-8 from Will Spradling, while the Gators made just 5-of-19. Kansas State pulled down 11 offensive boards and outrebounded Florida, 35-25. The Wildcats finished the game with 16 assists, five steals and seven blocks, besting the Gators in each category. Florida committed 20 fouls, compared to Kansas State's 16.

The Wildcats (9-2) won their second game in a row and first over a ranked team this season. Kansas State previously lost to then-No. 4 Michigan, 71-57, and then-No. 14 Gonzaga, 68-52. After a 7-0 start, the Gators (8-2) have lost two of their last three.

Next up for Kansas State is a home game Saturday, Dec. 29 against Missouri-Kansas City. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT, and the game can be viewed at kstatesports.com.