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No shows for homestand, but UF attendance due for uptick

It’s been a rocky start to the 2014-15 season for the Florida basketball team. But after dropping under .500 for the first time since 1998 after a loss at Kansas, Florida (6-4) righted the ship with three straight home wins last week. The homestand, however, produced mixed results at the turnstiles. According to paid attendance, Florida averaged 9,349 fans during the three games at the 11,500-seat O’Connell Center. And that accounts for tickets sold. There were patches of empty blue… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 79-34 win over Jacksonville

Some observations following UF’s 79-34 win over Jacksonville: – Freshman forward Devin Robinson and sophomore forward Chris Walker both took a step back on Sunday. Maybe it had to do with playing their third games in the span of a week, but neither one came out with great focus. Robinson hit an early 3-pointer but was benched in the first half for lack of hustle and wound up with 3 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds in 18 minutes. Walker… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 75-50 win over Texas Southern

Some observations following UF’s 75-50 win over Texas Southern: – The Gators need to put some extra time in at the free-throw line before Sunday’s game against Jacksonville. Florida went 6 of 11 from the foul line against Texas Southern and is 7 of 15 from the line over its last two games. Junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith missed all four of his free-throw attempts against Texas Southern. – Sophomore forward Chris Walker continued to show signs of progress, but in… Read More »

Finney-Smith producing through pain

Florida junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith was asked how he felt physically following Monday night’s 85-47 win over Yale. Finney-Smith has been playing through a broken left hand he suffered in UF’s regular season opener on Nov. 14 against William & Mary. “I’m playing so there ain’t no excuses,” Finney-Smith said. “It’s not as strong as my right, right now, but I just got to keep getting better.” After sitting out two games against Miami and Louisiana-Monroe, Finney-Smith has dealt with… Read More »

Graham transferring to Embry-Riddle

Former Gator guard Dillon Graham has found a new home. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Graham is transferring to Embry-Riddle, an NAIA Division II school in Daytona Beach with a strong basketball tradition. Embry-Riddle has won eight conference titles since 1994 and won the 2000 NAIA D-II national title. Graham finished his Florida career with 11 points and 5 assists in 89 minutes. The Orlando native announced he was transferring from UF last month after he sat out last season to undergo… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 85-47 win over Yale

Some observations following UF’s 85-47 win over Yale: – It was nice to see Florida put forth a full 40-minute effort on Monday night. When players like walk-on guard Lexx Edwards are crashing into the press table to save a loose ball with the Gators up by more than 40 points late in the second half, it’s the sign of a team not taking anything for granted. Florida played with intensity from start to finish in a game it needed… Read More »

Florida-UConn to conflict with B’ham Bowl

Gator fans eager to see a rematch of last season’s Final Four matchup between Florida and Connecticut will need to sacrifice some football viewing time. Or DVR one of the games. Despite requests from Florida, CBS has elected not to move the television start time of the Florida-UConn game on Jan. 3 at the O’Connell Center. It will air at 2 p.m., as scheduled, which will conflict with the end of UF’s Birmingham Bowl game against East Carolina (noon EST,… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 71-65 loss to Kansas

Some observations following UF’s 71-65 loss at No. 11 Kansas on Friday night: – Florida went through a stretch of 5:35 in the second half without scoring during a 17-0 Kansas run. It started with back-to-back turnovers by Devin Robinson and Jacob Kurtz and continued with six straight shots in six trips down the floor. But what hurt the Gators the most was Chris Walker drawing UF’s seventh team foul with 6:48 left. That allowed Kansas to get to the… Read More »

Dickie V talks new book, UF-Kansas matchup

Hall of Fame ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale turned 75 this year, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Vitale said he wants to broadcast until he’s 100. “They can wheel me out there in front of the Rowdy Reptiles to do a game in Gainesville,” Vitale said when he joined me this week on the Gator Hoops Podcast. Vitale also had a new book hit the shelves this week “Its Awesome Baby, 75 years of memories and… Read More »

Florida needs to dig from RPI hole

It’s early, but Florida has plenty of work to do to build its NCAA Tournament resume. The Gators (3-3) enter Friday night’s matchup with Kansas with an RPI of 108, according to CBSSports.com’s latest rankings. The RPI measures a team’s win-loss record as it relates to its strength of schedule. Florida’s strength of schedule ranks 44th in the country. The Gators are 0-3 against team in the RPI Top 100, with losses to No. 6 Miami (69-67), No. 12 North… Read More »