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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 nothingĀ  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 »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeways from Florida’s 96-91 loss to LSU

Some observations following Florida’s 96-91 loss to LSU on Saturday night: – In my best Clara Peller voice, I ask, ‘Where’s the defense?’ Florida allowed LSU to shoot 55 percent from the field for the game and 43.5 percent from 3-point range. LSU hit its first five shots of the game and other shots weren’t contested nearly well enough in a game in which NCAA Tournament hopes were on the line. – Florida’s point guard play in the first half… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 87-74 home loss to Vanderbilt

Some observations following UF’s 87-74 loss to Vanderbilt at the O’Connell Center. – Florida coach Mike White explained redshirt freshman guard Brandone Francis-Ramirez’ team-high 10 shot attempts was based on matchups against Vanderbilt’s defenders. Still, White admitted postgame he needed to do a better job creating opportunities for his better scorers — senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith and freshman guard KeVaughn Allen. Francis-Ramirez shot his season average going into the game, 20 percent (2-10). They were possessions Florida couldn’t get back… Read More »

Humphrey surprised by SEC honor

Just nine years removed from his college career and one year removed from his pro career, former Florida guard Lee Humphrey wasn’t expecting this kind of honor this quickly. But late last week, Humphrey was named Florida’s representative for this year’s SEC Legends of Basketball Class. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Maryville, Tenn., arguably UF’s best pure shooter in school history, was a key cog in Florida’s back-to-back national title teams in 2006 and 2007. He still holds the record… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from SC’s 73-69 OT win over Florida

Some observations following Florida’s 73-69 loss at South Carolina on Saturday – Simply put, Florida’s point guard play needs to get better for the Gators to make a late run and ensure an NCAA Tournament berth. Chris Chiozza and Kasey Hill combined to go 4 of 15 from the floor and 3 of 10 from 3-point range with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 9 to 8. Hill had a couple of turnovers early in the game that allowed South Carolina to… Read More »

White: Nothing wrong with Hayes

Florida coach Mike White said there was nothing physically wrong with freshman forward Kevarrius Hayes on Tuesday night against Georgia. The 6-foot-9, 210-pound Hayes had appeared in each of UF’s first 25 games off the bench for the Gators before not playing against the Bulldogs due to a coach’s decision. With starting center John Egbunu in foul trouble in the first half, White opted to play Schuyler Rimmer at center for the final seven minutes as Egbunu sat on the… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 57-53 win over Georgia

Some observations following Florida’s 57-53 win at Georgia on Tuesday night. – Credit sophomore point guard Chris Chiozza for not sulking after losing his starting job to Kasey Hill. Chiozza came up with two big plays in 14 minutes off the bench. One was a steal that set up a Dorian Finney-Smith runout in transition during an 8-0 Florida run that allowed the Gators to take 34-33 lead. The second was making two clutch free throws with 32.5 seconds left… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeways from Florida’s 61-55 loss to Alabama

Some observations following Florida’s 61-55 loss to Alabama: – The book is out for Florida opponents — take away Florida senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith and make someone else on the Gators beat you. Still, Florida has to find ways to get Finney-Smith more involved early in the game and the 6-foot-8 senior needs to become more determined to spring himself free and create his own scoring opportunities. The clock is ticking on Finney-Smith’s career, and he needs to get back… Read More »

White trying to find balance with Chiozza

A basketball season is often about highs and lows, and Florida sophomore starting point guard Chris Chiozza has hit a lull the last week for the Gators. Chiozza was terrific in finishing with 17 points and 8 assists to begin February in UF’s 87-83 win over Arkansas. But in the two games since, Chiozza is just 3 of 18 from the floor, 2 of 11 from 3 points and has posted an assist-to-turnover of 9 to 5. The six-foot Chiozza… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 77-72 win over Ole Miss

Some observations following Florida’s 77-72 win over Ole Miss at the O’Connell Center. – Florida coach Mike White credited Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy for employing a mix of defenses to deny the basketball to senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith. Still, it would have been nice to see Finney-Smith demand the ball more late in the game, instead of having the Gators settle for long-range shots from Chris Chiozza and Kasey Hill. Finney-Smith finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds on… Read More »