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Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 76-66 loss at Kentucky

Some observations following UF’s 76-66 loss to Kentucky at Rupp Arena: — Florida hoisted some ill-advised shots on Saturday at Kentucky. Kasey Hill and Devin Robinson went a combined 5 of 23, with some wild drives. For as well at KeVaughn Allen played offensively, even he took some rushed, off-balance shots down the stretch when Florida was trying to make it a two-possession game. — The backup center-by-committee experiment of Schuyler Rimmer and Keith Stone netted zero points and one… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 81-66 win over South Carolina

Some observations following Florida’s 81-66 win over South Carolina at the O’Connell Center — For the second straight game, Florida was able to win the battle of the boards without starting center John Egbunu. The Gators outrebounded the Gamecocks 34-30, though South Carolina had the slight edge on second-chance points (8-6). It was a collective effort, led by seven rebounds from sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen. Center Kevarrius Hayes and forward Devin Robinson had six rebounds apiece. — Redshirt freshman forward… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 57-52 win over Mississippi State

Some observations following UF’s 57-52 win at Mississippi State on Saturday. — Florida junior forward Devin Robinson didn’t score against Mississippi State, going 0 of 6 from the field. But credit the 6-foot-8 Robinson for impacting the game with 10 rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal. It’s a sign of Robinson’s continued maturity that he didn’t mope and still played hard with shots not falling for him. — Florida had made such strides in ball movement, but a 5… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 114-95 win over Auburn

Some observations following UF’s 114-95 win over Auburn on Tuesday night: — Credit Kasey Hill for scoring 11 points and posting a career-high 12 assists in the Auburn win. But Hill also had 4 turnovers, including 3 in the first half, and has nine turnovers over his last two games. Florida had 10 turnovers in the first half, but was able to pull away by taking care of the ball better in the second half with just 3 turnovers. As… Read More »

For Gators, sharing equals success

Florida was stuck in a rut offensively in mid-January following back to back losses to South Carolina and Vanderbilt. UF’s assist-to-turnover was 20-28 during the two-loss week. The offense was stagnant. Ball movement and player movement wasn’t crisp. Fast-forward close to a month later, and Florida’s ability to share the basketball effectively has fueled its current six-game win streak. The Gators have recorded 99 assists to 71 turnovers during the stretch. Florida had 67 assists in its first six SEC… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 71-62 win over Texas A&M

Some observations following UF’s 71-62 win over Texas A&M at Exactech Arena: — Florida junior center John Egbunu is an asset when he plays with confidence and within himself. The 6-foot-11 Egbunu is at his best when he’s not forcing shots (only five attempts) and crashing the boards (10 rebounds). Florida needed Egbunu’s size and physicality inside in dealing with Texas A&M’s big frontline. Egbunu also had no turnovers, which is a step in the right direction, considering his decision… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 72-60 win over Georgia

Some observations following Florida’s 72-60 win at Georgia on Tuesday night: — Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza were pests defensively all night for the Gators, combining for six steals against Georgia. Florida coach Mike White said he felt Hill and Chiozza’s pressure on the ball made it difficult for Georgia to get into its halfcourt offense in the second half. — Florida continues to show maturity at the free-throw line, making 13 of 16 to help pull away from Georgia… Read More »

UF’s win over Kentucky could help recruiting

Florida’s breakthrough win against Kentucky on Saturday night could have an impact beyond this season. A number of high-profile recruits watched the Gators break a five-game losing streak against the rival Wildcats and came away impressed with the basketball-crazed atmosphere at the newly-renovated Exactech Arena. Among those in attendance, according to an article by Rivals.com’s Russ Wood, included Class of 2019 five-star forward Christian Brown, Class of 2018 four-star forward Nassir Little and ’18 three-star forward C.J. Walker. “The environment… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 88-66 win over Kentucky

Some observations following UF’s 88-66 win over Kentucky at the O’Connell Center: — Give Florida credit for getting back on transition defense and limiting Kentucky’s ability to convert on the break. Although the Gators turned the ball over 12 times in the first half, Kentucky only cashed in with five points off turnovers in the first half. For the game, Florida outscored Kentucky 18-8 in fast break points. — Florida backup center Kevarrius Hayes had an interesting line against the… Read More »

Bilas: Allen needs to be assertive for Gators vs. Kentucky

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas was asked about key battles entering Saturday’s matchup between No. 24 Florida and No. 8 Kentucky. Bilas didn’t hesitate with a response. “The key guy for Florida is KeVaughn Allen,” Bilas said. “He’s got to play really well. When you are not a prolific scoring team, your best scorer has got to score. If he’s constantly looking to score, he opens things up for others and that’s important.” The 6-foot-2 Allen still needs to… Read More »