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Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from No. 19 Florida’s 57-53 loss at No. 24 South Carolina

Some observations following Florida’s 57-53 loss at South Carolina: — Florida needed experienced point guards Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza to step up to help the Gators handle a hostile atmosphere at South Carolina. Hill was solid in the first half, but got into second half foul trouble and fouled out with 1:51 left. Chiozza was up-and-down with 4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 turnovers. At times, Chiozza looks over-matched physically against SEC competition. Chiozza and Hill combined… Read More »

Beyond The Arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 80-76 overtime win against Georgia

Some observations following UF’s 80-76 overtime win against Georgia: — Florida is now 7-0 since going to a starting lineup of Kevarrius Hayes at center with Justin Leon, Devin Robinson, Kasey Hill and KeVaughn Allen. But given the recent slow starts in wins over Tennessee and Georgia and the play of Canyon Barry and Keith Stone off the bench, it may be time to consider replacing Robinson and Leon with Barry and Stone in the starting lineup. “When you’re winning,… Read More »

Stokes to play in Ocala

Fans interested in getting a glimpse at 2017 UF signee Isaiah Stokes can do so next weekend in Ocala. The 6-foot-8, 273-pound Stokes will play for IMG Academy when they face The Rock on Saturday, Jan. 21., at 6:30 p.m., during the first game of the Vince Murray Memorial Challenge at Vanguard High School. Stokes, a four-star prospect and younger brother of former Tennessee and NBA forward Jarnell Stokes, signed with UF last month. He’s one of three signed members… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 80-67 win at Alabama

Some observations following Florida’s 80-67 win at Alabama. — Florida sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen is going to become a marked player in the SEC. The 6-foot-2 Allen struggled with foul trouble and forcing shots throughout the game, finishing 2 of 7 from the floor and 0 of 3 from 3-point line while being face-guarded throughout the game. Florida coach Mike White said he feels the game could be a learning experience for Allen, who was able to contribute in other… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 83-70 win over Tennessee

Some observations following Florida’s 83-70 win over Tennessee — Credit Florida senior forward Canyon Barry for accepting and relishing his sixth-man role. Barry put together his second straight productive game off the bench with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 23 minutes. The 6-foot-6 Barry is good to have on the floor late in games because he’s smart, poised and can make free throws. It’s not always about who starts, but who finishes. — Florida centers John Egbunu… Read More »

Some sightline issues, but new O’Dome overall a hit

Florida’s first two games in the renovated $64.5 million Exactech Arena/O’Connell Center has been well received by fans. The Gators did record sales in concessions in their debut game against Arkansas Little-Rock, according to Florida executive associate athletics director for internal affairs Chip Howard. Average attendance has been near capacity at 10,539. “I couldn’t be more pleased with how the building has functioned in front of large crowds,” Howard said. About the only issue that’s cropped up has centered around… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 70-63 win over Ole Miss

Some observations following UF’s 70-63 win over Ole Miss at the O’Connell Center. — Working his way back from a hamstring injury, Florida junior center John Egbunu looked more comfortable and confident offensively in the second half against Ole Miss. Egbunu finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds in 23 minutes and finished on a pretty up-and-under move against Ole Miss center Sebastian Saiz in the second half. The Gators are going to need some inside scoring from Egbunu on… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways following UF’s 81-72 win over Arkansas

Some observations following UF’s 81-72 win at Arkansas: • Florida junior forward Devin Robinson is playing with poise and maturity and has learned how to take advantage of his athletic ability on both ends of the floor. Robinson had three first half dunks in traffic. But perhaps the most impressive sign of Robinson’s ability to move on to the next play came when the 6-foot-8 Chesterfield, Va., native sprinted down the floor to block a layup attempt in transition by Arkansas… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeways from Florida’s 94-71 win over UARL

Some observations following UF’s 94-71 win over Arkansas Little Rock: — Florida coach Mike White said he’s pleased with what he’s getting offensively from Kevarrius Hayes and Schuyler Rimmer at center in John Egbunu’s absence. Rimmer has moved ahead of freshman Gorjok Gak on the depth chart at center and had 3 points, 1 rebounds and an assist against UARL, “Schuyler has improved his conditioning,” White said. But White said he felt that both Hayes and Rimmer had lapses in… Read More »

D-Robb wouldn’t mind another shot at FSU

Count Florida junior forward Devin Robinson as one who wouldn’t mind a rematch with Florida State this season. The Gators suffered an 83-78 loss to the Seminoles in Tallahassee on Dec. 11, their third straight loss against their in-state rivals. The loss knocked UF out of the Top 25 and vaulted FSU into the rankings at No. 22. After Florida bounced back from the loss with an impressive 87-46 win over Charlotte last Saturday at the Orange Bowl Classic, Robinson… Read More »