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Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways following UF’s 87-46 win over Charlotte.

Some observations following UF’s 87-46 win over Charlotte at the Orange Bowl Classic: — Is it time for the Gators to consider starting Kevarrius Hayes ahead of John Egbunu at center? Certainly, Hayes provided a nice boost against Charlotte with 9 points and 5 rebounds and has improved his touch and finishing ability around the basket. “He took advantage of an opportunity,” Florida coach Mike White said. Walk-on senior center Schuyler Rimmer also was active with 3 points, 4 rebounds… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 83-78 loss to FSU

 Some observations following Florida’s 83-78 loss at Florida State:  — Florida’s lack of a true power forward is proving costly on the glass. FSU outrebounded the Gators 42-33, and if not for a few missed chippies, the Seminoles would have scored more than 10 second-chance points. At some point, Florida coach Mike White may need to consider playing center John Egbunu and center Kevarrius Hayes together against more physical frontlines. — Senior Kasey Hill was asked to do more offensively… Read More »

`Chiozza questionable for FSU

Florida junior point guard Chris Chiozza is questionable for Sunday’s game against rival Florida State with a thigh inury. Chiozza suffered the injury during UF’s 84-74 loss to No. 5 Duke on Tuesday night in New York City. He tried to return, but sat out the second half, finishing with just 2 points, 1 assist and 3 personal fouls. “He didn’t practice yesterday,” Florida coach Mike White said. “I’m not sure if he’ll practice today, he’s got a contusion, charlie… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 84-74 loss to Duke

Some observations following UF’s 84-74 to Duke at Madison Square Garden: — It was a tough night for Florida junior point guard Chris Chiozza, who was unable to build off his 16 points, 9 assist outing against UNF. Chiozza had 2 points, 1 assist and 3 turnovers in 11 minutes and appeared to be dealing with a hamstring issue during the game. — Florida had an interesting early gameplan to attack the basket, taking just 3 3-point attempts and 11… Read More »

Stokes boosts UF’s ’17 class

The addition of 2017 power forward Isaiah Stokes put Florida back in the Top 25 in another significant category on Friday. Per ESPN.com’s, Florida’s ’17 class is currently ranked 24th in the nation. That ranking could jump if Florida can close on an elite guard prospect during the spring signing period. There are four SEC programs currently ranked ahead of Florida  — Kentucky (1), Alabama (6), Auburn (9) and Arkansas (17). While losing point guard commit Shai Alexander to Kentucky… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 91-60 win over UNF

Some observations following Florida’s 91-60 win over UNF: — Florida’s lack of urgency to start the second half has become a troubling trend. After letting Miami go on a 9-0 run to start the second half last Sunday, the Gators let UNF to go on a 8-0 run to start the second half on Thursday, cutting UF’s 20-point second half lead to 12. Certainly, Florida can’t afford any letdowns to start the second half on Tuesday night against No. 5… Read More »

KeVaughn Allen, zone defenses, highlight open practice

Florida held an open practice Thursday at its basketball facility, eight days before its season opener on Nov. 11 against Florida Gulf Coast University in Jacksonsville. Some highlights: — After going 4 of 10 from the field in last week’s preseason game against Eckerd, and 0 of 3 from 3-point range, Florida sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen got on a roll during the intra-squad scrimmage portion of the practice, making three straight 3-point attempts and a 16-foot jumper. “Unitl the Eckerd… Read More »

As sophomore, C Kevarrius Hayes growing, on, off court

Florida is hopeful that sophomore center Kevarrius Hayes will continue to develop into an important contributor for the Gators this season. Off the court, Hayes gained valuable experience over the summer that will serve him well beyond his basketball career. Hayes was one of two Florida athletes named to the SEC’s student-athlete advisory committee, which met with SEC officials to discuss pressures college athletes face when it comes to time management balancing athletics and academics. “It was a good honor,… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 91-63 win v. Eckerd College

Some observations following UF’s 91-63 win over Eckerd College: — Florida sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen had an off shooting night from the perimeter  (4-10 from floor, 0-3 from 3-point range). But credit Allen for using his athleticism to impact the game by driving to the basket and using defense to create offense. Allen had six steals, including two that resulted in breakaway dunks. Florida coach Mike White said Allen is lighter this season and has been more active on both… Read More »

Dupay to host FT tournament

Former Gator guard Teddy Dupay admitted he could have been a better free-throw shooter in college. “I was a 90-95 percent free throw shooter in high school,” Dupay said. “In college, I was around 80 to 83 percent. Not good enough.” Nowadays, shooting 80 to 85 percent from the line would be considered above average. But when Dupay helped lead UF to a Final Four in 2000, most college guards shot in that range. Dupay will bring some attention to… Read More »