Florida guard KeVaughn Allen hopes to break out of a shooting slump in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's leading scorer has provided little offense in the NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore KeVaughn Allen, who averaged nearly 14 points in the first 32 games of the season, has gone cold in NCAA play.
Allen missed 18 of 21 shots, including 12 of 13 from 3-point range, in wins against East Tennessee State and Virginia in Orlando. The fourth-seeded Gators (26-8) hope Allen ends his slump Friday night against No. 8 seed Wisconsin (27-9) in New York City.
"I want KeVaughn to keep doing the same exact thing, and they're going to go in," coach Mike White said.
Allen has helped Florida in other ways. He has five assists, no turnovers and three steals in the two tournament games. But there's little doubt that the Gators need Allen to start scoring if they’re going to keep advancing. He has 11 points in two NCAA outings.
"I like that KeVaughn's been aggressive," White said. "He's taking good ones, and I know he's going to make shots. He knows that. He's a confident kid."