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Billy D nets 50K bonus for SEC title

Leading UF to its third Southeastern Conference title in the last four seasons will make Florida coach Billy Donovan a little heavier in the wallet heading into March. Donovan will receive a $50,000 bonus for winning the SEC regular-season crown, per terms of his contact. It’s the first of many bonuses Donovan could earn in the coming weeks. Those include: – a $50,000 bonus for an AP Top 10 finish. – a $50,000 bonus for AP national coach of the… Read More »

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

Some observations from Florida’s 57-54 win at Vanderbilt: – Maybe it’s the bad ankles, or suddenly bad knees, but Florida senior forward Casey Prather has been struggling to stay consistent in recent weeks. The 6-foot-6 Prather scored just 2 points against Vanderbilt. Granted, Prather had 4 steals and 6 rebounds, but Florida coach Billy Donovan thought at times Prather was forcing his offense. “He was trying to get to the basket when it wasn’t there,” Donovan said. “There were times… Read More »

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

Some observations following UF’s 75-71 win at Ole Miss: – Good to see UF sophomore guard DeVon Walker taking advantage of increased minutes off the bench. Walker’s seven points off the bench in the first half was important to help the Gators keep up with Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson and the high-scoring Rebels in the first 20 minutes. Walker went 2 of 6 from 3-point range and is 4 of 9 from 3-point range (44.4 percent) over his last… Read More »

Young apologizes to Boston College for remark

Florida senior center Patric Young apologized for remarks he made about Boston College shortly after UF’s 71-66 win over Auburn on Wednesday night. When told No. 2 Florida could move up to No. 1 next week after Boston College knocked off No. 1 Syracuse in overtime, a surprised Young responded: “Really? Boston College? They (rhymes with duck).” Here’s what Young posted on his Twitter account on Thursday: I regret the disrespectful comment I made after the interview last night. Boston… Read More »

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

Some observations following UF’s 71-66 win over Auburn: – Besides defense, much of UF’s struggles in the first half against Auburn centered around point guard Scottie Wilbekin forcing his own offense. Wilbekin was 2 of 9 from the field in the first half with just 1 assist, which didn’t include an ill-advised drive to the lane that was blocked by Auburn center Asauhn Dixon-Tatum. Once Wilbekin settled down and started working an effective pick-and-roll game with senior center Patric Young… Read More »

Poll voter: Gators playing best in country

Suffice to say, Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Joe Rexrode won’t be on any Christmas card mailing lists from Syracuse fans or alumni. Rexrode said he didn’t realize he was going out on a limb by being the only AP men’s college basketball voter who ranked two-loss Florida No. 1 ahead of unbeaten Syracuse in this week’s AP Top 25. “This is crazy,” Rexrode said. “I didn’t think I’d be the only one.” But Rexrode backed up his… Read More »

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

Some observations following UF’s win over Kentucky on Saturday night at Rupp Arena: – In a hostile enviornment against the best rebounding team in the Southeastern Conference, Florida manned up on the boards. Granted, Kentucky outrebounded the Gators 31-28, but Florida finished with more offensive rebounds (10 to Kentucky’s 9) and more second-chance points (12-8). Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle got his double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds) but was kept from becoming a factor with putbacks. – If Kentucky sophomore… Read More »

SportsCenter botches Gator logo, airs FSU’s instead

It’s been a rough enough year for Florida when it comes to ribbing from rival Florida State. Not only did the Seminoles beat the Gators 37-7 at Florida Field last November, but with Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston leading the way, FSU earned ultimate bragging rights in the state with the 2013 BCS title. But at least Gator fans have basketball to hang onto this season? Up to No. 3 in the country, the Gators could count on some respect heading… Read More »

Bilas: ‘Don’t see point’ of Chris Walker suspension

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas was outspoken about Florida freshman forward Chris Walker’s uncertain situation before he was re-instated by the NCAA. Bilas remained steadfast in his views on the topic Friday. Walker was reinstated for UF’s Feb. 4 game against Missouri after serving a 12-game suspension from the NCAA for receiving impermissible benefits from agents and travel-league coaches. Walker was admitted to UF for its second semester and would have been available to play his first game Dec.… Read More »

Stokes previews Florida-Kentucky matchup

It’s never too early to talk about Florida and Kentucky. The No. 3 Gators and No. 14 Wildcats will meet in a ranked prime-time showdown Saturday night in Rupp Arena as the two top teams in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee power forward Jarnell Stokes has faced Florida and Kentucky three times. The Vols went 0-3 in the three meetings, with two losses to UF and a loss at UK. Asked to compare Florida and Kentucky, Stokes responded: “Florida is a… Read More »