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Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 74-66 win over Ohio State

Some observations following Florida’s 74-66 win over Ohio State in the NIT Tournament: — Credit Florida freshman center Kevarrius Hayes for stepping up in John Egbunu’s absence. Hayes scored a career-high 14 points by staying within himself and not forcing his own offense. The 6-foot-9 Hayes went 5-of-5 from the floor, scoring two baskets on putbacks and two more baskets on dishes from point guard Kasey Hill. He also went 4-of-4 from the foul line, a marked improvement considering he… Read More »

White pleased with Stone’s progress

Keith Stone chose to redshirt his freshman season at Florida in an effort to mature physically and not get stuck on the bench behind a glut of experienced UF forwards. Florida coach Mike White said Friday he’s been pleased with the progress of the 6-8, 233 pound Stone, a three/four-star prospect out of Deerfield Beach. “He’s had a really good season,” White said. “I know, it’s easy to say that. We talked about it as a staff that teams are… Read More »

White willing to explore transfer market

With Florida missing the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, first-year coach Mike White knows there’s work to be done to improve the roster for next season. Don’t be surprised if one of those avenues is through bringing in a transfer or two. White said he’s willing to explore the transfer market this offseason. “Potentially, we’re open to all avenues of improving this program, improving this roster,” White said. “Year in and year out, we’ll recruit high school kids,… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 97-68 win over UNF

Some observations following Florida’s 97-68 win over UNF in its NIT opener on Tuesday night. — Credit Florida sophomore center John Egbunu through fighting through a torn ligament in his right thumb for a third straight game on post a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds), albeit against an undersized UNF frontline. Egbunu will have surgery to repair the thumb on Thursday and will be shut down for the rest of the season. The 6-foot-11, 249-pound Nigeria native posted six double-doubles… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 72-66 loss to Texas A&M

Some observations following UF’s 72-66 loss to Texas A&M on Friday in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals: — Florida freshman center Kevarrius Hayes needs to put on a little more bulk in the offseason. The 210-pound Hayes was no match inside for freshman, 265-pound Texas A&M center Tyler Davis. Hayes took a step back from his performance against Arkansas, finishing with just 2 points and a blocked shot in 11 minutes against the Aggies. Because Hayes was ineffective, Florida was forced… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 68-61 win over Arkansas

Some observations following Florida’s 68-61 win over Arkansas in the SEC Tournament. — It was interesting to see how Florida sophomore center John Egbunu adapted his game with his shooting thumb in the brace. Egbunu did some of the intangible things better on the court because he wasn’t as consumed with scoring. Two hustle plays late in the first half come to mind, one when he tracked down a rebound on a missed free throw by Kasey Hill and another… Read More »

McCall going dancing

Former Florida assistant coach Matt McCall will be gaining more national visibility in the coming weeks. McCall capped off an impressive first season at Tennessee-Chattanooga by leading the Mocs to the Southern Conference Tournament championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. McCall began as a student manager under Billy Donovan before working as a graduate assistant and later, as a full-time assistant coach for the Gators from 2011-15. He took the Tennessse-Chattanooga job two weeks before Donovan left… Read More »

Can Finney-Smith make All-SEC first team?

The SEC will release its men’s basketball all-first and second teams on Tuesday, and senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith is on the bubble. Finney-Smith looked like a sure-fire All-SEC first team selection when he scored 20 or more points in five of six games in late January in early February. His production has dipped since opposing teams have focused on taking him away, but Finney-Smith is coming off a 20-point, 7-rebound game against Missouri, his fifth SEC game scoring 20 or… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 82-72 win over Missouri

Some observations following Florida’s 82-72 win over Missouri on Saturday night: — Florida coach Mike White didn’t have a problem with the Gators launching 32 3-point attempts against Missouri. The reason? Missouri was parked in a 2-3 zone for most of the game, and rather than drive against the zone and possibly turn the ball over, he felt the safer play was to take 3s and go for offensive rebounds. “As a team that drives to the basket, we’re a… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 88-79 loss to Kentucky

Some observations following Florida’s 88-79 loss to Kentucky: — There’s nothing  more that first-year Florida coach Mike White can do to address UF’s free-throw shooting woes, other than force the Gators to shoot them underhanded, Rick Barry-style. For Florida to shoot 16 of 37 from the free-throw line in a must-win game (43.8 percent) either showed a case of jitters or a complete lack of focus. “I’m at a loss with the free throws,” White said. “This is my 16th… Read More »