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

Some observations following UF’s 61-60 SEC Tournament title win over Kentucky. – Credit Florida for doing a strong job defensively against Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle. The 6-foot-9, SEC Newcomer of the Year was held to just 4 points and 7 rebounds on 1 of 7 shooting from the floor. Florida threw a mix of double-teams at Randle and also wore him down by getting the game going up and down the floor in the first half. – After a… Read More »

No. 1 seed not guaranteed ticket to Final Four

Win or lose this afternoon against Kentucky in the SEC Tournament finals, Florida is assured a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Perhaps, even, the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed. But that doesn’t guarantee the Gators will get over the hump and reach the Final Four after three straight Elite Eight seasons. Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, 40.5 percent of No. 1 seeds have reached the Final Four (47 of 116). Only twice during… Read More »

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

Some observations following UF’s 56-49 win over Tennessee: – After weeks of coming on strong, Florida received a lackluster effort from its bench in the SEC Tournament semifinal win. The Gators finished with just 5 bench points, all from freshman point guard Kasey Hill, who played selfishly during some second-half stretches (0 assists, 2 turnovers). Forward Dorian Finney-Smith, the SEC’s sixth man of the year, finished with no points in 22 minutes before fouling out and freshman forward Chris Walker… Read More »

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

Some observations following Florida’s 72-49 win over Missouri: – The Gators should get to the Georgia Dome early Saturday to get in some extra free-throw shooting. Florida was 10 of 20 from the FT line against Missouri, it’s worst day since going 44.4 percent (4-9) on Feb. 1 against Texas A&M. The big culprit? Florida senior center Patric Young, who was 1 of 6 from the foul line against the Tigers. Young had been 18 of his last 24 from… Read More »

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

Some belated observations following UF’s 84-65 win over Kentucky: – Credit Florida for another strong effort on the boards against the Wildcats. The Gators outrebounded Kentucky 32-27 and limited the Wildcats to just six offensive rebounds. Not bad, considering Kentucky entered the game first in the Southeastern Conference and second in the nation in rebounding margin at plus-10.1 – Florida was for more efficient in its 3-point shooting against Kentucky, finishing 9 of 15 from beyond the arc. Dorian Finney-Smith… Read More »

Florida-Kentucky a hot ticket

Florida’s regular season finale against Kentucky on Saturday at the O’Connell Center is already is a sellout. But that hasn’t stopped demand for tickets for the game between the Southeastern Conference rivals through secondary markets. According to the website seatgeek.com, the average ticket price through secondary means such as Stubhub.com is $249. Even the cheapest seats are going for four-times face value (an average $30 upper bowl ticket is going for $122).  Lower level seats are going as high as… Read More »

Frazier joins 30-point club

Florida sophomore guard Michael Frazier joined select company in scoring 37 points on Tuesday night against South Carolina. In making a school-record 11 3-pointers, Frazier became the 102nd player in UF history to score 30 or more points in a game. Of the 102, only 12 have come in 18 seasons under current head coach Billy Donovan. The reason? Donovan stresses scoring balance. Four UF starters are averaging double figures in scoring this season, and four starters last season averaged… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s win over S. Carolina

Some observations following UF’s 72-46 win over South Carolina: – For as poorly as Florida rebounded in the first half against the Gamecocks (outebounded 21-12), Florida regrouped in the second half to finish with a plus-four rebounding margin (38-34). Florida’s depth played a key, as did the Gators getting South Carolina forwards Michael Carrera and Demetrius Henry in foul trouble. Carrera and Henry each finished the game with four fouls and combined for just 29 minutes on the floor. The… Read More »

Billy D on court storming “I never like it”

Count Florida coach Billy Donovan among those who don’t approve of students rushing the court following big upset wins. “I never like it,” Donovan said. “I just think that you’re bringing, listen, players are not allowed to go up in the stands. That’s a rule. They’ll be ejected or a technical foul. The minute you start letting fans come on the floor, it’s a little bit hypocritical in terms of now you’re asking players in the heat of the moment… Read More »

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

Some observations following UF’s 79-61 win over LSU on Saturday: – Did the Gators get too 3-happy against LSU? Florida made 13 of 23 3-point attempts against the Tigers, so it made sense for the Gators to keep firing away. But even Florida coach Billy Donovan even expressed some concern postgame that the Gators went to the free-throw line seven times against an LSU team that averaged 19.4 fouls per game. Of Florida’s 54 shot attempts, 23 were 3s. It… Read More »