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Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 84-83 win against Wisconsin.

Some observations following UF’s 84-83 overtime win over Wisconsin in the Sweet 16. — Florida coach Mike White admitted that he probably should have fouled Wisconsin up three in regulation rather than let the Badgers get off Zak Showalter’s game-tying 3-point shot that forced overtime. “We’re always open to new things as coaches and that’s something we might re-visit this spring.” White said. But Florida also tried to slow it down too early, up 12 with 5:23 remaining, which allowed… Read More »

Tourney run should benefit White in recruiting

Florida’s run to the Sweet 16 under second-year coach Mike White has a chance to pay dividends for the Gator program for years to come. As White gains more visibility in front of a national audience in his first NCAA Tournament, more high-level recruits from around the country are bound to take notice. White said he’s already noticed an uptick in how Florida and his staff have been perceived with UF’s success in his second season. The Gators are 26-8… Read More »

Kasey Hill: These Gators better than FF team in 2014

Florida senior point guard Kasey Hill was a freshman when the Gators won 30 straight games and made a run all the way to a Final Four in 2014. But for as steady as the Gators were that season in making their fifth Final Four appearance in school history, the 6-foot-1 Hill said he thinks this year’s squad is even better. “All year I’ve been saying that I think this team is better than that team, honestly,” Hill said. “That… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeways from UF’s 65-39 win over Virginia

Some observations following UF’s 65-39 win over Virginia on Saturday: — Florida executed its half-court offense as well as it has all season. There was solid ball movement and player movement. Passes were crisp and made with a purpose. Florida found the gaps in Virginia’s vaunted pack-line defense and was able to finish close to the basket. — For as well as Justin Leon played offensively against Virginia, the 6-foot-8 senior was also solid on the boards. Leon posted his… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 80-65 win over ETSU

Some observations following UF’s 80-65 win over East Tennessee State in the NCAA Tournament: — Florida is at its best when its offense fuels its defense. The Gators raced to a 14-6 lead when it scored six quick points off turnovers, then got stagnant offensively in the halfcourt for the rest of the half. Florida outscoring ETSU 20-5 in points off turnovers was the difference from the game. — Though Florida sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen struggled shooting from the floor… Read More »

White to stick with Hill with game on the line

Brace yourself, Gator fans. If Florida is in another tight ballgame that comes down to a last shot, second-year coach Mike White still trusts the ball in senior point guard Kasey Hill’s hands to make a play. “He won’t settle,” White said. “He’ll go hard to the rim. Some guys, would maybe do a step back 3 in that situation. He’s our second-best passer and he’s a senior, so yeah,  he’s the guy I want in that situation.” Hill was… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 72-62 loss to Vanderbilt

Some observations following UF’s 72-62 overtime loss to Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. — Florida took too many wild, off-balanced shots, particularly in the first half when the Gators went just 11 of 33 from the field to fall behind 33-28. Devin Robinson and Kasey Hill took some ill-advised ones and even senior forward Canyon Barry tried to force his own offense into the teeth of Vanderbilt’s defense. Florida finished the game shooting 34.4 percent for the… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 73-71 loss at Vanderbilt.

Some observations following UF’s 73-71 loss at Vanderbilt — Florida sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen went into a fog and lost his aggressiveness after uncharacteristically missing a pair of free throws to start the second half. Allen went 4 of 8 from the floor in the first half, then just 0 of 2 in the second half. “We’ve got to try to have him be more aggressive at all times,” Florida coach Mike White said. — Senior point guard Kasey Hill… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 78-65 win over Arkansas

Some observations following UF’s 78-65 win over Arkansas at Exactech Arena: — Florida center Kevarrius Hayes played hard inside against the Razorbacks with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. But foul trouble continues to plague the 6-foot-9, 218 pound big man, as Hayes finished with four fouls for the fifth straight game. Teams will continue to go after Hayes, who needs to remain disciplined enough to avoid contact while defending. — For as well as Florida played offensively… Read More »

White talks his stance on working officials

It’s part of basketball. Coaches lobby to get calls. Former Florida coach Billy Donovan was known to get in the ears of officials during his 19-year tenure with the Gators. So far, Florida coach Mike White has been more reticent to get heated about calls or non-calls. White certainly had reason to lobby a few complaints during UF’s 76-66 loss to Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Saturday. Florida was whistled for 22 fouls, compared to 13 fouls called on Kentucky… Read More »