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Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 86-62 win over Vermont

Some observations following UF’s 86-62 win over Vermont at the O’Connell Center: – Credit Florida coach Mike White for moving Devin Robinson into the starting lineup. While DeVon Walker is a nice defender, he’s better suited as an energy and hustle guy off the bench. With Robinson, forward Dorian Finney-Smith and senior center John Egbunu, the Gators now boast a versatile starting frontline with size, length and athleticism. The trio combined to score 48 of UF’s 86 points and grab… Read More »

White doesn’t rule out starting lineup changes

Earlier this month, Florida coach Mike White said UF’s starting lineup was flexible. Coming off an 85-70 loss to No. 16 Purdue on Sunday, White didn’t rule out making possible changes to the starting lineup on Wednesday against Vermont. “Anytime you lose, in addition to not playing well, it gives you an opportunity to re-evaluate really everything that you’re doing,” White said. “From a player standpoint, a staff standpoint, style of play, a rotation, a starting lineup, all of those… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeways from UF’s 85-70 loss to Purdue

Some observations following UF’s 85-70 loss to Purdue: – It’s time for sophomore Chris Chiozza to start at point guard, or at least get the greater balance of minutes compared to junior Kasey Hill. For all his athletic talent, the 6-foot-1 Hill doesn’t have the perimeter touch or same feel for his teammates than Chiozza, who also is a better defender. It’s no coincidence that Purdue’s 12-o run to close out the second half started when Hill checked back into… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 74-63 win over St. Joe’s

Some observations following UF’s 74-63 win over Saint Joseph’s: – An unsung hero for the Gators in the St. Joe’s win was the play of freshman forward Kevarrius Hayes, who had 4 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in 15 minutes off the bench with center John Egbunu in foul trouble. “He’s a high-motor guy with really quick feet,” Florida coach Mike White said. “He’s got a chance to be a really good defender. To see him finish plays offensively,… Read More »

White talks UF signing class

Florida coach Mike White discussed the signings of 2016 prospects Eric Hester (6-3 combo guard) and Dontay Bassett (6-8, forward) to Letters of Intent. Both play at the same high school, Oldsmar Christian, outside of Tampa. Neither are rated in ESPN.com’s Top 100 prospects, though Rivals.com rates Hester as a four-star prospect and as the 87th best player in the 2016 class. “Two guys who really wanted to be Gators in Eric Hester and Dontay Bassett,” White said. “Two great… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 104-54 win over N.C. A&T

Some observations following UF’s 104-54 win over North Carolina A&T: – A big catalyst to UF’s win over North Carolina A&T was the combined play of point guards Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza. In 21 minutes, Hill did a nice job of pushing the tempo (and even hitting a rare 3-pointer) in finishing with 7 points, 8 assists and 2 turnovers. Hill’s assist-to-turnover ratio through his first two games this season is 13 to 5, and though his shooting and… Read More »

White wants guards to feed to post

Let’s make one thing clear. First-year Florida coach Mike White is not adverse to establishing a low-post offense. But due to a number of factors on Friday night, Florida shied away from feeding the post during its 59-41 season opening win at Navy. The Gators tried some post feeds to center John Egbunu and forward Dorian Finney-Smith early in the game that resulted in some turnovers while figuring out the best way to attack Navy’s match up zone defense. The… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeways from UF’s 59-41 win over Navy

Some observations following UF’s 59-41 win over Navy: – The biggest issue in the transition between Florida under Mike White compared to Billy Donovan has been turnovers.  White is trying to get his team to play more of a dribble-drive offense, but the problem remains, the Gators don’t have great dribblers or drivers. Senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith was a prime example, drawing two first-half offensive fouls trying to force drives to the baskets that weren’t there. Point guard Kasey Hill… Read More »

Breaking down UF’s non-conference schedule

With the season opener against Navy fast approaching, Florida will again face a rough-and-tumble non-conference schedule this season. Of UF’s 13 non-conference opponents, seven won 20 or more games last season. Four reached the NCAA Tournament last season, while three more reached the NIT. Here’s a breakdown of UF’s non-conference opponents. The analysis is provided courtesy of the Blue Ribbon College Yearbook, considered the most comprehensive college basketball preview magazine in the country (the magazine can be ordered at http://www.blueribbonyearbookonline.com):… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s win over Palm Beach Atlantic

Some observations following UF’s 89-42 win over Palm Beach Atlantic: – Freshman guard KeVaughn Allen looks like he can contribute right away for the Gators. The two-time Arkansas player of the year had 12 points and 5 steals and was an efficient 5 of 8 from the floor. Florida coach Mike White is prodding the soft-spoken Allen to be even more aggressive on the court, and it’s easy to see why. On a night when every other Gator player was… Read More »