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Beyond the Arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s win over ULM

Some observations following UF’s 61-56 overtime win over Lousiana-Monroe: – Florida sophomore forward Chris Walker’s long-awaited debut showed what Florida coach Billy Donovan has been saying all along. The McDonald’s All-American showed progress, but still has a long way to go. Walker had 4 points, 6 rebounds and 1 blocked shot in 26 minutes off the bench. He struggled finishing around the basket, but fought for his own miss to score a putback on one basket and got another basket… Read More »

Billy D: Muschamp ‘an incredible man’

Florida coach Billy Donovan said he reached out to recently-fired football coach Will Muschamp by text message. “I basically said to him if you wanted to get together and ever talk, I’d love to do that,” Donovan said. “I think you guys know how I feel about him and the comments I’ve made publicly about him.” Through the ups and downs that Muschamp endured in four years as UF’s football coach, Donovan was supportive. Muschamp will coach the Gators on… Read More »

Former USF coach high on Egbunu

Due to transfer rules, John Egbunu won’t be eligible to play at Florida until 2015-16. But former USF coach Stan Heath, who coached Egbunu for a season with the Bulls, said he thinks the 6-foot-11, 266-pound Egbunu has the potential to be a strong contributor for the Gators next season. “Great kid, he worked for us,” Heath said before calling Monday night’s Florida-Miami game for ESPNU. “He’ll be fine as long as he plays to his strengths, rebounding, shot-blocking.” In… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s loss to Miami

Some observations following UF’s 69-67 loss to Miami: – Walk-on forward Jacob Kurtz put in yeoman’s work for Florida, finishing with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists in 36 minutes. This is where Florida sophomore Chris Walker’s selfish decision to violate team rules and get suspended hurt the most.  Had Walker been available for even a few minutes off the bench to spell a walk-on not accustomed to playing major minutes, it would have helped keep the Gators from… Read More »

PG matchup key tonight for Canes-Gators

Florida and Miami will renew an in-state rivalry tonight in a national showcase game on ESPNU. It also will pit two of the top point guards in the country — Florida’s Kasey Hill against Miami’s Angel Rodriguez. Both were among 36 players named to the preseason Cousy Award Watch list, given to the top point guard in the nation. Rodriguez, from Dr. Krop High in Miami, transferred back to Miami from Kansas State and was briefly recruited by Florida coach… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s win over William & Mary

Some observations following UF’s 68-45 win over William & Mary: – Freshman Devin Robinson is still a gunner, but Florida coach Billy Donovan thought the 6-foot-8 forward played a little bit more under control on Friday night. Robinson had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 1 blocked shot in his UF’s debut, going 3 of 8 from the floor. “It was good to see him get in the game and not just touch it and shoot it,” Donovan said. “He made… Read More »

ESPN analysts high on Gators

While Florida coach Billy Donovan doesn’t view the 2014-15 Gators as a top 10 team yet, a pair of analysts from ESPN think it’s only a matter of time before the Gators get there. “I like the Gators a lot,” said ESPN college basketball analyst Sean Farnham, who will calling tonight’s Florida-William & Mary game for the SEC Network. ” I think they are going to be right where we always expect them to be. “Replacing seniors is difficult, but… Read More »

UF commit status in limbo

Florida has yet to announce its 2015 signing class, and when it does, a notable name could be left off the list. North Little Rock (Ark) High basketball coach Johnny Rice told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that guard KeVaughn Allen is “still committed” to Florida, but won’t sign during this week’s early Division I signing period. Allen’s delay in signing could be a numbers issue. The Gators are severely oversigned for 2015-16, with 16 scholarship players slated to fill 13 spots.… Read More »

Gators trying to settle Robinson down

From forcing shots to over-committing on defensive assignments, talented freshman Florida forward Devin Robinson showed his share of jitters during last week’s exhibition game against Barry. Florida players and coaches talked to Robinson following the game. The message — relax and let the game come to you. “I talked to him, just told him to settle down mentally,” Florida junior guard Michael Frazier II said. “I think he put a lot of pressure on himself going into the game and… Read More »

Scouting Report: William & Mary

Here’s an early scouting report of Florida’s season-opening opponent this Friday, William & Mary, courtesy of Blue Ribbon Magazine: The Tribe return two starters from a team that finished 20-12. Blue Ribbon picked William & Mary to win the Colonial Athletic Conference this season and picked returning 6-4 senior guard Marcus Thornton as the league’s player of the year. William & Mary narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament last year on a missed shot at the buzzer against Delaware in the… Read More »