Florida's Heads-Up Last-Second Steal Denies Mizzou

Published on 7-Jan-2018 by Alan Adamsson

Basketball - NCAA Mens    NCAA Basketball Daily Review

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Florida's Heads-Up Last-Second Steal Denies Mizzou

It's everywhere.

The dude in the red shirt syndrome.

Made famous by those doomed extras on the original Star Trek, this malady attacks anyone who takes routine matters for granted.

And that never bodes well.

So why'd he stand up with his phaser drawn, then?

That's not diligence. That's asking for it.

The Missouri Tigers just learned this age-old -- or is it a future-old? -- warning the hard way.

Too late. Dude did it.

There the Tigers were, tied with Florida at 75, with seconds left in regulation. They were setting up a three-point attempt by their hot hand, Jordan Barnett.

Thing is, that was so obvious that Gator guard Chris Chiozza was ready for a lax moment in a routine pass.

When it predictably came, he struck:

Final: Gators 77 Tigers 75.

Passes like Mizzou attempted happen too often to count. They become mechanical, and that's when the syndrome hits. Totally avoidable. Just gotta pay attention to your surroundings.

This isn't Chiozza's first last-second heroic, either.

Dude stunned Wisconsin in the midst of March Madness last spring:

The Badgers shoulda known better, too.

After all, they're wearing red.