Previously undefeated Florida found itself on the verge of what would have been its most impressive victory to date before coming undone over the weekend.
A visit from one-win Southeastern Louisiana could be just what the Gators need to regroup.
No. 8 Florida tries to get back on track and extend its home winning streak over non-conference foes to 16 games Wednesday night against the Lions.
After handily beating then-No. 22 Wisconsin, Marquette and Florida State, the Gators (7-1) nearly added a win at then-No. 8 Arizona to their resume Saturday but couldn't hold on. The Gators surrendered a six-point lead with under a minute to go, giving up the game-winning basket with seven seconds left in a 65-64 defeat.
"Obviously, that was a very painful and difficult loss," coach Billy Donovan told the school's official website. "But I think through struggle and pain you find out how important this all is to you, and how good you want to be.
"This could be a great, great catapulting thing...