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Another Horford to UF?

Florida appears on the verge of adding more valuable frontcourt depth with a familiar name. Jon Horford, the younger brother of former Gators and current Atlanta Hawks standout Al Horford, has received a scholarship offer from Florida. According to MLive.com’s Brendan F. Quinn, the interest between the Michigan transfer and Florida is mutual. ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman also has been following the Horford-to-Florida story and tweeted this Friday morning:   Florida and Michigan transfer Jon Horford moving closer, sources told ESPN.… Read More »

Added nuggets from UF’s Final Four season

Some added notes to wrap up UF’s Final Four season: – For the second straight season, Florida finished first in the Southeastern Conference and third in the nation in scoring defense, giving up just 57.8 points. Florida allowed just 54.4 points per game in 2013, but given rules emphasis designed to open up offense, the gain was not significant. – Also for the second straight year, Florida has a player lead the SEC in 3-point shooting percentage. In 2013, it… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s loss against Connecticut

Some observations following UF’s 63-53 loss to Connecticut in the Final Four: – Florida’s inability to take care of the ball proved costly against pesky Connecticut guards Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright. Overall, Connecticut scored 13 points off 11 UF turnovers. The killer came with Florida down 45-40 and 6:55 left when Napier stripped Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin, then passed forward to Boatright for an easy layup in transition. to put the Huskies ahead 47-40. The Gators never cut… Read More »

Beyond the arc: Three takeaways from UF’s win over Dayton

Some observations following UF’s 62-52 win over Dayton: – Florida was stagnant on offense at times, especially in the second half, but Florida played to its strength by taking the ball inside against an overmatched Dayton frontline. Florida went to the free-throw line 28 times, compared to just 8 trips for a Dayton team that was whistled for 19 fouls. The Gators also converted at the foul line, shooting 75 percent (21-28), above its season average of 66.3 percent. –… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s win over UCLA

Some observations following UF’s 79-68 win over UCLA: – Florida’s ball movement was terrific against the Bruins. The Gators finished with 22 assists to 12 turnovers, with freshman Kasey Hill dishing a career-best 10 assists. Hill’s quickness was too much for UCLA to handle and the 6-foot-1 guard shared the wealth with his teammates once he got in the lane. – Florida senior center Patric Young allowed himself to be taken out of the game mentally by dwelling on some… Read More »

Billy D pleased with Chris Walker’s attitude

Florida forward Chris Walker’s freshman season hasn’t unfolded the we he had hopes. The 6-foot-10 former McDonald’s All American missed UF’s first semester for academic reasons, then sat out another dozen games due to eligibility issues. By the time Walker hit the court in February, he was far behind both physically and mentally. As a result, Walker has averaged just 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.1 minutes off the bench this season. But Walker has remained upbeat because the… Read More »

Billy D happy for Pearl

Florida coach Billy Donovan had nothing but positive words to say about Bruce Pearl returning to coach in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn hired Pearl last week, months before his three-year show cause with the NCAA is due to expire. Tennessee fired Pearl in 2011 after NCAA sanctions were levied on the program after he lied to NCAA investigators. Donovan said that Pearl being hired at Auburn is good for the league. “I had a chance to talk to Bruce,” Donovan… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s win over Pittsburgh

Some observations following UF’s 61-45 win over Pittsburgh. – After committing an average of 18 fouls in wins over Kentucky and Albany, Florida played with tremendous discipline on defense against Pittsburgh. Florida committed just 2 fouls in the first half and 7 for the game. The Gators didn’t commit their first foul in the second half until the 10:56 mark. That allowed Pittsburgh to stay off the free throw line and not get easy points. – Florida coach Billy Donovan… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s win over Albany

Some observations following UF’s 67-55 win over Albany – In the first half, Florida was ineffective creating havoc with its press. The Gators scored just 11 points off turnovers, the majority coming in the second half. Florida is at its best when it gets in the open floor and created easy scoring opportunities. That didn’t happen against the Great Danes. – Some Florida players talked openly about not being “connected” offensively compared to previous games. Florida finished with an assist-to-turnover… Read More »

McCall yet to be contacted by FAU

When Florida Atlantic fired Mike Jarvis, Florida assistant coach Matt McCall’s name was floated as a possible replacement. McCall was an assistant under Jarvis at FAU from 2008-11 before being hired by the Gators when assistant Richard Pitino left for Louisville. But as of Wednesday, McCall said he has not been contacted by FAU. McCall, 33, said whomever the Owls consider could be walking into a good opportunity. In McCall’s last season as an assistant at FAU (2010-11), the Owls… Read More »