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Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 84-74 loss to Duke

Some observations following UF’s 84-74 to Duke at Madison Square Garden: — It was a tough night for Florida junior point guard Chris Chiozza, who was unable to build off his 16 points, 9 assist outing against UNF. Chiozza had 2 points, 1 assist and 3 turnovers in 11 minutes and appeared to be dealing with a hamstring issue during the game. — Florida had an interesting early gameplan to attack the basket, taking just 3 3-point attempts and 11… Read More »

Stokes boosts UF’s ’17 class

The addition of 2017 power forward Isaiah Stokes put Florida back in the Top 25 in another significant category on Friday. Per ESPN.com’s, Florida’s ’17 class is currently ranked 24th in the nation. That ranking could jump if Florida can close on an elite guard prospect during the spring signing period. There are four SEC programs currently ranked ahead of Florida  — Kentucky (1), Alabama (6), Auburn (9) and Arkansas (17). While losing point guard commit Shai Alexander to Kentucky… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 91-60 win over UNF

Some observations following Florida’s 91-60 win over UNF: — Florida’s lack of urgency to start the second half has become a troubling trend. After letting Miami go on a 9-0 run to start the second half last Sunday, the Gators let UNF to go on a 8-0 run to start the second half on Thursday, cutting UF’s 20-point second half lead to 12. Certainly, Florida can’t afford any letdowns to start the second half on Tuesday night against No. 5… Read More »

KeVaughn Allen, zone defenses, highlight open practice

Florida held an open practice Thursday at its basketball facility, eight days before its season opener on Nov. 11 against Florida Gulf Coast University in Jacksonsville. Some highlights: — After going 4 of 10 from the field in last week’s preseason game against Eckerd, and 0 of 3 from 3-point range, Florida sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen got on a roll during the intra-squad scrimmage portion of the practice, making three straight 3-point attempts and a 16-foot jumper. “Unitl the Eckerd… Read More »

As sophomore, C Kevarrius Hayes growing, on, off court

Florida is hopeful that sophomore center Kevarrius Hayes will continue to develop into an important contributor for the Gators this season. Off the court, Hayes gained valuable experience over the summer that will serve him well beyond his basketball career. Hayes was one of two Florida athletes named to the SEC’s student-athlete advisory committee, which met with SEC officials to discuss pressures college athletes face when it comes to time management balancing athletics and academics. “It was a good honor,… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 91-63 win v. Eckerd College

Some observations following UF’s 91-63 win over Eckerd College: — Florida sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen had an off shooting night from the perimeter  (4-10 from floor, 0-3 from 3-point range). But credit Allen for using his athleticism to impact the game by driving to the basket and using defense to create offense. Allen had six steals, including two that resulted in breakaway dunks. Florida coach Mike White said Allen is lighter this season and has been more active on both… Read More »

Dupay to host FT tournament

Former Gator guard Teddy Dupay admitted he could have been a better free-throw shooter in college. “I was a 90-95 percent free throw shooter in high school,” Dupay said. “In college, I was around 80 to 83 percent. Not good enough.” Nowadays, shooting 80 to 85 percent from the line would be considered above average. But when Dupay helped lead UF to a Final Four in 2000, most college guards shot in that range. Dupay will bring some attention to… Read More »

Defense, Robinson highlight intrasquad scrimmage

Florida coach Mike White said earlier this week that his team’s defense was catching up to its offense. The Gators showed more defensive intensity in their second scrimmage on Friday while still putting together some productive offensive stretches. Offensively, junior forward Devin Robinson was the standout, finishing with 23 points on 8 of 9 shooting from the floor and 4 of 4 shooting from 3-point range. After knocking down back-to-back 3-point attempts to start the scrimmage, the 6-foot-8 Robinson used… Read More »

Report: Alexander de-commits from Gators

Florida could potentially be losing one of the standouts of its 2017 class. Point guard Shai Alexander had re-opened his recruitment, according to a report from Canadian basketball website North Pole Hoops. According to the report, Alexander has decided to take more visits before signing his letter of intent in next month’s early signing period. It’s unclear at this point what schools Alexander plans to visit, though Butler, Virginia Tech and UCLA all have interest in the Canadian standout. Alexander… Read More »

Robinson says he’s “95 percent” after surgery

Florida junior forward Devin Robinson had an interesting offseason, to say the least. First, the 6-foot-8 Chesterfield, Va., native, surprised some in college basketball circles by announcing he was going to put his name in the NBA draft. But a few weeks later, Robinson had a recurring foot problem checked. It turned out, Robinson had a stress fracture in his foot that he played through last March. Robinson opted for surgery in late April, returned to school, and was limited… Read More »