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Billy D: Hill responding well in practice

Florida coach Billy Donovan is not worried about sophomore starting point guard Kasey Hill losing confidence. After being benched in the closing minutes of UF’s 63-50 win over Wake Forest in favor of freshman Chris Chiozza before Christmas break 10 days ago, Hill didn’t sulk. Donovan said the positive attitude has carried over to this week in practice. “He wants the truth and he really accepts and assumes responsibility,” Donovan said. “You’re our starting point guard right now, and it’s… Read More »

Pelphrey gets substantial raise

After helping lead the Gators to a Final Four season, all three Florida basketball assistants received raises for the 2014-15 season. The most substantial was Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey, whose base salary increased to $390,000 from $180,000. In addition, Pelphrey received a $150,000 signing bonus, raising his total compensation for the 2014-15 season to $540,000. Pelphrey’s three-year, $1.8 million buyout from Arkansas, where he was let go in 2011, expired last spring. Florida assistant coach Matt McCall also was… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeways from UF’s 63-50 win over Wake Forest

Some observations following UF’s 63-50 win over Wake Forest: – Florida coach Billy Donovan was disappointed with his team’s ball movement and player movement against the Demon Deacons. And Donovan didn’t cop to the number of moving parts throughout the season due to player injuries and suspensions and eligibility as an excuse. “We should be further along,” Donovan said. The Gators had a negative assist-to-turnover ratio (12-15) for the game. Florida fans must hope the Gators build more continuity in… Read More »

Murphy to play against Wake Forest

Florida redshirt junior forward Alex Murphy has been cleared to play and will make his debut today against Wake Forest (5 p.m.) at the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise. The Duke transfer was awaiting for his grades to be posted to prove that he’s been enrolled at UF for a year. Per NCAA Division I rules, transfers must sit out a year before playing in games. Florida coach Billy Donovan has described the 6-foot-8 Murphy as a “point forward” capable… Read More »

No shows for homestand, but UF attendance due for uptick

It’s been a rocky start to the 2014-15 season for the Florida basketball team. But after dropping under .500 for the first time since 1998 after a loss at Kansas, Florida (6-4) righted the ship with three straight home wins last week. The homestand, however, produced mixed results at the turnstiles. According to paid attendance, Florida averaged 9,349 fans during the three games at the 11,500-seat O’Connell Center. And that accounts for tickets sold. There were patches of empty blue… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 79-34 win over Jacksonville

Some observations following UF’s 79-34 win over Jacksonville: – Freshman forward Devin Robinson and sophomore forward Chris Walker both took a step back on Sunday. Maybe it had to do with playing their third games in the span of a week, but neither one came out with great focus. Robinson hit an early 3-pointer but was benched in the first half for lack of hustle and wound up with 3 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds in 18 minutes. Walker… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 75-50 win over Texas Southern

Some observations following UF’s 75-50 win over Texas Southern: – The Gators need to put some extra time in at the free-throw line before Sunday’s game against Jacksonville. Florida went 6 of 11 from the foul line against Texas Southern and is 7 of 15 from the line over its last two games. Junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith missed all four of his free-throw attempts against Texas Southern. – Sophomore forward Chris Walker continued to show signs of progress, but in… Read More »

Finney-Smith producing through pain

Florida junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith was asked how he felt physically following Monday night’s 85-47 win over Yale. Finney-Smith has been playing through a broken left hand he suffered in UF’s regular season opener on Nov. 14 against William & Mary. “I’m playing so there ain’t no excuses,” Finney-Smith said. “It’s not as strong as my right, right now, but I just got to keep getting better.” After sitting out two games against Miami and Louisiana-Monroe, Finney-Smith has dealt with… Read More »

Graham transferring to Embry-Riddle

Former Gator guard Dillon Graham has found a new home. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Graham is transferring to Embry-Riddle, an NAIA Division II school in Daytona Beach with a strong basketball tradition. Embry-Riddle has won eight conference titles since 1994 and won the 2000 NAIA D-II national title. Graham finished his Florida career with 11 points and 5 assists in 89 minutes. The Orlando native announced he was transferring from UF last month after he sat out last season to undergo… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 85-47 win over Yale

Some observations following UF’s 85-47 win over Yale: – It was nice to see Florida put forth a full 40-minute effort on Monday night. When players like walk-on guard Lexx Edwards are crashing into the press table to save a loose ball with the Gators up by more than 40 points late in the second half, it’s the sign of a team not taking anything for granted. Florida played with intensity from start to finish in a game it needed… Read More »