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Billy D takes blame for recruiting

Florida’s season is desperately spiraling toward irrelevance. Heading into Saturday’s game against Ole Miss, Florida is 10-8, its worst 18-game start under Billy Donovan since going 9-9 to start the 1996-97 season. During a media availability on Friday, Donovan shouldered the blame on the construction of UF’s team. “If there’s one thing I take responsibility for, and hindsight is 20-20, our recruiting the last three or four years has been very, very challenging,” Donovan said. “I’m the one responsible for… Read More »

Florida signee to play in Ocala Tourney

Florida will be on the road to face Ole Miss this weekend. But fans interested in seeing high-level high school basketball teams and players, including Florida 2015 signee Kevarrius Hayes, can travel to Ocala on Saturday for the Vince Murray Challenge. The triple-header will be held at Trinity Catholic High School’s gym. Hayes’ Suwannee High team will face St. Petersburg at 4:30 p.m., followed by Potter’s House Christian Academy vs. Elevate Academy at 6 p.m. and Vanguard vs. Trinity Catholic… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 79-61 loss to LSU

Some observations following Florida’s 79-61 loss to LSU: – For as hard as Florida fought the keep the game close in the first half, the Gators closed the half with terrible execution. It began with a Dorian Finney-Smith turnover with 1:45 left, then freshman Chris Chiozza left LSU guard Keith Hornsby wide open for a 3-pointer in the corner to put LSU up 37-32. Jacob Kurtz missed a bunny with 3.1 seconds left and then, out of a timeout, Michael… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 73-61 loss at Georgia

Some observations following Florida’s 73-61 loss at Georgia: – Does Florida need to shorten its rotation? The Gators are now 10-deep (they actually played 11 with a brief appearance from walk-on Lexx Edwards), but no one in the game logged more than point guard Kasey Hill’s 26 minutes. With different combinations on the floor, Florida never looked settled offensively and had 19 turnovers. Leading scorer Dorian Finney-Smith played 25 minutes and second-leading scorer Michael Frazier logged 23 minutes for the… Read More »

Here’s why the Gators are busing to Georgia

The Florida men’s basketball team will save between $75-100,000 from its travel budget by busing to Athens, Ga., on Friday instead of taking a charter flight in preparation for Saturday’s game at Georgia. But the reason for the bus trip is not strictly financial. Florida associate athletic director Mike Hill said Friday that Florida’s new charter planes, which are 737s from Miami International Air, would have been unable to land in Athens. “We would have had to land in Atlanta,… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 75-55 win over Auburn

Some observations following Florida’s 75-55 win over Auburn: – Despite the big win, Florida coach Billy Donovan is concerned about his team’s propensity to draw fouls. The Gators had 20 fouls on Thursday night. Auburn was in the bonus at the 10:47 mark of the second half after sophomore center Chris Walker committed UF’s seventh team foul. A better free-throw shooting team could have done more damage, but Auburn finished the game 65.4 percent (17-26) from the line. “We’re fouling… Read More »

Billy D breaks down why Kurtz doesn’t shoot

Florida senior walk-on forward Jacob Kurtz has filled plenty of roles throughout the 2014-15 season. But like teammate Kasey Hill, Kurtz has been hesitant to shoot from outside 10 feet. Florida coach Billy Donovan explained why during his inaugural Gator Hotline Show with Mick Hubert on AM 850. “Jake is not comfortable shooting from outside,” Donovan said. “But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t do other things within our offense that adds value to our team. He’s really great at using… Read More »

Billy D on Hill’s shooting, a chance for us both to grow

From Teddy Dupay to Anthony Roberson to Erving Walker to Scotte Wilbekin, Florida has always had a 3-point shooting threat at point guard. But one of the challenges for UF’s inconsistent offense this season has been sophomore point guard Kasey Hill’s inability to stretch the defense. Hill is just 2 of 8 from 3-point range this season and hasn’t taken a 3-point attempt since Dec. 20 against Wake Forest. For this career, Hill is shooting just 16.3 percent (7-43) from… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 72-47 win over Mississippi State

Some observations following UF’s 72-47 win over Mississippi State at the O’Connell Center: – For as unselfish as the Gators were offensively against Mississippi State (19 assists, 7 turnovers), the Gators were equally impressive on the defensive end of the floor. Florida held the Bulldogs to just 38.6 percent from the floor and scored 26 points off turnovers. “We’ve been focusing on defending as a team for the whole shot clock,” Florida junior guard Eli Carter said. “In other games,… Read More »

Billy D: NCAA should reiumburse family travel for whole tournament

The NCAA announced earlier this week it will pick up the travel tab for families of student athletes that are competing in the men’s and women’s Final Four. But Florida coach Billy Donovan said he thinks the NCAA should go a step further. “They should do it for the whole tournament,” Donovan said. “You’ve got a Selection Sunday at 6 o’clock and some team gets picked to play on Thursday at noon, well that’s a pretty expensive flight going somewhere… Read More »