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Billy D breaks down why Kurtz doesn’t shoot

Florida senior walk-on forward Jacob Kurtz has filled plenty of roles throughout the 2014-15 season. But like teammate Kasey Hill, Kurtz has been hesitant to shoot from outside 10 feet. Florida coach Billy Donovan explained why during his inaugural Gator Hotline Show with Mick Hubert on AM 850. “Jake is not comfortable shooting from outside,” Donovan said. “But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t do other things within our offense that adds value to our team. He’s really great at using… Read More »

Billy D on Hill’s shooting, a chance for us both to grow

From Teddy Dupay to Anthony Roberson to Erving Walker to Scotte Wilbekin, Florida has always had a 3-point shooting threat at point guard. But one of the challenges for UF’s inconsistent offense this season has been sophomore point guard Kasey Hill’s inability to stretch the defense. Hill is just 2 of 8 from 3-point range this season and hasn’t taken a 3-point attempt since Dec. 20 against Wake Forest. For this career, Hill is shooting just 16.3 percent (7-43) from… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 72-47 win over Mississippi State

Some observations following UF’s 72-47 win over Mississippi State at the O’Connell Center: – For as unselfish as the Gators were offensively against Mississippi State (19 assists, 7 turnovers), the Gators were equally impressive on the defensive end of the floor. Florida held the Bulldogs to just 38.6 percent from the floor and scored 26 points off turnovers. “We’ve been focusing on defending as a team for the whole shot clock,” Florida junior guard Eli Carter said. “In other games,… Read More »

Billy D: NCAA should reiumburse family travel for whole tournament

The NCAA announced earlier this week it will pick up the travel tab for families of student athletes that are competing in the men’s and women’s Final Four. But Florida coach Billy Donovan said he thinks the NCAA should go a step further. “They should do it for the whole tournament,” Donovan said. “You’ve got a Selection Sunday at 6 o’clock and some team gets picked to play on Thursday at noon, well that’s a pretty expensive flight going somewhere… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 72-68 win over South Carolina.

Some observations following Florida’s 72-68 win at South Carolina on Wednesday night: – On the surface, it was a rocky game for Florida sophomore point Kasey Hill, who finished with 1 assist to 6 turnovers and had issues facing South Carolina’s pressure defense and traps. But Florida coach Billy Donovan said he felt Hill showed some resolve through the struggles. The 6-foot-1 Umatilla native had nine points, going 2 of 5 from the field and 5 of 7 from the… Read More »

Horford, Hodskins suspended for SC

In a season of inconsistency for Florida, the Gators suffered another off-court incident heading into Southeastern Conference play. The Gators announced that center Jon Horford and  walk-on guard Zach Hodskins were both suspended for tonight’s SEC opener at South Carolina for conduct detrimental to the team. Horford has started 12 of 13 games at center for the Gators this season, averaging 8.3 points and 5.7 rebounds.  The Michigan graduate transfer is the younger brother of former Gators and current Atlanta… Read More »

Billy D not surprised by SC turnaround

When the season began, few projected that Florida would open Southeastern Conference play a two-point underdog at South Carolina. But with Florida stumbling to a 7-6 start and South Carolina surging on a seven-game win streak, the Gamecocks (9-3) have emerged in their third season under head coach Frank Martin. South Carolina’s 64-60 upset over No. 9 Iowa State last Saturday in Brooklyn, N.Y., was a signature win not just for the Gamecocks under Martin, but for the league as… Read More »

Gators seeking answers from FT line

Free throws have been anything but free for the Gators this season. Florida enters Southeastern Conference play against South Carolina on Wednesday night an abysmal 64.3 percent from the line. Missed free throws doomed Florida in last week’s back-to-back losses to FSU and Connecticut. The Gators shot 53.8 percent (7-13) from the line against the Seminoles and 40 percent (8-20) against UConn. “I’ve got to figure something out, because I’ll tell you one thing: over the holidays, coming out of… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 63-59 loss to UConn

Some observations from UF’s 63-59 loss to Connecticut at the O’Connell Center. – Florida coach Billy Donovan used his ninth different starting lineup in 13 games this season. Donovan said he started a three-guard starting lineup with Chris Chiozza, Kasey Hill and Michael Frazier in an effort to give Hill some support bringing the ball up the court. Don’t expect this to be the last starting lineup tweak for the Gators this season. “I just envision, because of our inconsistencies… Read More »

Prather playing in D-League

While former his former senior teammates are all now playing overseas, ex-Gator forward Casey Prather has started his pro basketball career on American soil. After being cut by the Phoenix Suns in training camp, Prather is playing in the NBA Development League with the Suns’ affiliate, the Bakersfield (Calif.) Jam. The 6-foot-6 Prather has started four of 15 games for Bakersfield. He’s averaging 8.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 19.1 minutes per game. Prather was one of four… Read More »