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Billy D: Keep status quo on freshman eligibility

Commissioners throughout four of the five power conferences have tossed around the idea of making freshman ineligible to counter the recent wave of one-and-done players in college basketball. But don’t count Florida coach Billy Donovan among those in favor of freshman ineligibility. “I don’t like it,” Donovan said. “I don’t. I think the game has changed, players have changed, talent level has changed. I think the reason why you have to allow freshmen to play is because you’re allowing players… Read More »

What needs to happen for Florida to land SEC Tourney 7 seed

First and foremost, Florida (15-15, 8-9 SEC) can clinch the seventh seed in the SEC Tournament outright with an upset of No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday at Rupp Arena. But considering Kentucky (30-0, 17-0 SEC) is unbeaten in 30 tries and 101-4 at Rupp Arena under John Calipari, the likelihood of that happening is slim to none. So if Florida closes the season with a loss at Rupp, the tiebreaker scenarios for the 7 seed are more muddled. Basically, Florida… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 66-62 win over Texas A&M

Some observations following Florida’s 66-62 win over Texas A&M: – Florida coach Billy Donovan brought junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith off the bench for the second straight game. And while Finney-Smith sparked the offense with 10 first-half points, he wasn’t as much of a factor in the second half due to foul trouble. Finney-Smith finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals before fouling out with 1:40 left. “He was up and down tonight,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “The… Read More »

Gators could get into NIT with sub-.500 record

Florida has made the postseason for 17 straight seasons under Billy Donovan. That string could possibly continue, even if the Gators finish with a sub-.500 record. According to NIT spokesperson and NCAA employee Jeff Williams, finishing with a record of below .500 does not automatically disqualify a team from NIT Tournament consideration. “It’s something the selection committee would have to take a long, hard look at,” Williams said. “But no, it doesn’t automatically disqualify you. The committee uses the same… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 66-49 win over Tennessee

Three takeaways from UF’s 66-49 win over Tennessee at the O’Connell – For as well as the Gators played in the first half offensively, Florida did a nice job defensively as well, limiting the Vols to 44.4 percent shooting and 28.6 percent from 3-point range. The Gators held Tennessee senior guard Josh Richardson to just 7 points, below his season-average of 15.9 points per game. Florida also scored 18 points off turnovers and had 6 steals. – Sophomore point guard… Read More »

2016 F Rowan says Gators are “great option”

Maverick Rowan lit up the scoreboard this weekend in Lakeland, leading Cardinal Gibbons High to its first state title in school history. And the 6-foot-7, 2016 wing prospect from Fort Lauderdale indicated that he wouldn’t mind staying in state to play for the Gators. Rowan, the 26th ranked player in the Class of 2016 according to ESPN.com, has already received a scholarship offer from Florida coach Billy Donovan. “It’s a great school and they have a good guy in Billy… Read More »

Billy D trusts O’Dome renovation will get done

Florida coach Billy Donovan did not sound disheartened that renovations for the O’Connell Center have been pushed back a year. Asked for his reaction about the delay of the project, Donovan said: “I think that’s really between the school and the athletic department. They’re making all those decisions. I totally trust them with whatever is going on” Florida announced Wednesday that it has pushed back the renovation of the O’Connell Center from this March to March of 2016. The school… Read More »

Finney-Smith cited for pot possession before last season

Florida junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith  was one of three Florida players named as suspects for misdemeanor marijuana possession (less than 20 grams) before the start of last season, according to a University of Florida police report. But a source close to Florida said that the incident did not relate to Finney-Smith’s suspension last year or his current three-game suspension that ended Friday. Finney-Smith sat out three games last season for violation of team rules. Charges in the case were eventually… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeways from Florida’s 64-52 loss to Missouri

Some observations following UF’s 64-52 loss at Missouri: – Florida freshman forward Devin Robinson reached double figures in scoring (14 points) for his fourth time in five games. But after scoring nine points in the first half, Robinson wasn’t quite as assertive in the second half. Missouri freshman guard Namon Wright was the hot hand for the Tigers, finishing with 28 points and scoring 13 of Missouri’s 15 points in the second half. Missouri coach Kim Anderson said he ran… Read More »

Billy D doesn’t think Hill is wearing down

For the first time is his career, Florida sophomore point guard Kasey Hill is dealing with the day-in, day-out grind of being a starting point guard in the Southeastern Conference. But Florida coach Billy Donovan doesn’t sense that Hill is wearing down, even through his assist-to-turnover ratio over his last two games is 10 to 9. Donovan said the 6-foot-1 Hill is “one of the nicest kids he’s coached” and wants to do well for the right reasons. But he… Read More »