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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 »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s loss to UNC

Some thoughts following Florida’s 75-64 loss to North Carolina at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday night: – Call Florida the gang that can’t shoot straight. The Gators were 26.1 percent from the 3-point line in the Battle 4 Atlantis (19-73). It would be easy to blame the backdrop at Imeprial Arena, but Florida is shooting just 29.5 percent from 3-point range for the season (36-122). I can’t remember a Florida team under Billy Donovan that shot the ball so… Read More »

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

Some thoughts following UF’s 56-47 win over UAB: – Florida coach Billy Donovan acknowledged that part of the offensive struggles in the halfcourt have to do with grasping the intricacies of his motion offense. Donovan says he tries to talk to his players about attacking schemes: “You can become very, very patterned, and very, very easy to scout. Or you can play with multiple options, where guys have to make reads and have to make plays. That is an area… Read More »

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

Some thoughts following Florida’s 66-65 overtime loss to Georgetown: – A puzzling aspect of Florida’s struggles offensively has been the lost shooting touch of junior guard Michael Frazier II. After a 2-of-8 performance from beyond the arc against Georgetown, Frazier dropped t0 31.4 percent for the season, well bellow his career average of 45.3 percent. While Florida coach Billy Donovan was concerned with how Frazier would respond to more defensive attention this season, Frazier missed some wide open 3s in… Read More »

Former Gator pg off to good start in Charlotte

After just one season at Florida, former Gator point guard Braxton Ogbueze appears to have found a home back home at UNC Charlotte. In four games starting at point guard for the 49ers, Ogbueze is averaging 13 points and 1.8 assists. The Charlotte native scored a career-high 26 points against Penn State and is shooting 45.5 percent (5-11) from 3-point range. Ogbueze left UF following his freshman season in 2012-13 over playing time issues. He was unable to beat out… Read More »

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 »