KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Florida had a four-point lead with less than a minute remaining in overtime, and Kenny Boynton was on the left wing dribbling, mostly just running down the shot clock. I knew right then that he was determined to launch a 3-pointer, for better or worse.
I thought for worse.
You, Chandler Parsons?
"I knew it was cash," Parsons said with a big smile. "He has ice in his veins."
Perhaps. But Boynton also misses seven out of every 10 3-pointers he attempts, so you can understand my skepticism. If he clanks that shot, Tennessee might grab a long rebound, take off the other way, score in transition quickly and make it a one-possession game. That's why I cringed for Florida fans when Boynton let it fly, then laughed when the shot swished and secured what ultimately was an 81-75 road win for the Gators.
Such is life with Boynton.
I've seen Florida play in person twice this season. First time I watched Boynton finish 0-of-6 on 3-pointers against UNC-Wilmington on Nov. 12. Second time I watched Boynton finish 3-of-7 on 3-pointers against Tennessee late Tuesday. He is off-mark enough to hurt you (0-of-6 from beyond the arc in Florida's loss to Jacksonville) but streaky enough to help (3-of-7 from beyond the arc in Florida's win over UT), and I'm convinced this will be the case for Boynton and Florida till expired eligibility do them part.
He could shoot the Gators to the Elite Eight or straight out of the second round.
From a statistical standpoint, obviously, the latter is more likely.
But it cut the other way late Tuesday against the Vols.
So now the Gators are 2-0 in the SEC.