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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 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 »