Texas Tech went dry after that, managing only four points for the half's remainder. He did have four assists in filling in for Chris Chiozza at point guard when Chiozza was in foul trouble, but also had four of UF's 11 turnovers.
What started out as a good game, changed in the second half as fouls and missed free throws plagued Florida. It capped a disappointing season for the 6-foot-2 junior, who came into the season as a preseason All-SEC selection but wound up shooting 33 percent from 3-point range and averaging a shade over 11 points per game. Defensively, Texas Tech yields 65.7 points per game against the opposing teams.
Jalen Hudson tallied a game-high 23 points for Florida (21-13), while Koulechov scored 12 and Chiozza netted 11 points. Then the buzzer sounded and the game ended. The Gators needed points there to stave off a Texas Tech. Koulechov went just 2-for-8 from downtown but did score 12 points ... This is the round of 32 matchup, with the victor advancing to the Sweet 16 for a matchup with either Purdue or Butler. Florida had won seven straight Round of 32 games, though Saturday was the first time in 14 consecutive NCAA Tournaments that UF was not the higher seed in a game.