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Florida to face Duke on Dec. 6

The time and date of the Florida-Duke matchup in the Jimmy V Classic has been set. The Gators and Blue Devils will play on Dec. 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York City at 9 p.m. on ESPN, after the end of the opening game between Arizona State and Purdue (7 p.m.). To say that Florida will be tested facing Duke next season is an understatement. The Blue Devils are early choice for preseason No. 1 going into the… Read More »

Billy D nabs first NBA playoff series win

Now comes the hard part. Somewhat quietly, former Florida coach Billy Donovan picked up his first NBA playoff series win when the Oklahoma City Thunder knocked off the Dallas Mavericks 118-104 on Monday night. Off the court, the Mavs didn’t go down as quietly, with owner Mark Cuban bloviating after the game that OKC point guard Russell Westbrook is not a superstar, even though Westbrook dropped 36 points in the series-clinching win. Westbrook has flourished in Donovan’s point guard-friendly offense,… Read More »

Florida adds 2016 C Gak

Florida picked up a big spring commitment for its 2016 class late Sunday. Gorjok Gak, a 6-foot-11, 205-pound center from Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, announced on his Twitter account he committed to the Gators after visiting campus last week. “It’s been a long and rugged process but I couldn’t have done it without my family and my basketball familiy,” Gak wrote in his tweet. “It’s a good day to be a Gator.” The website 24.7.com rates Gak as a… Read More »

Dupay excited about HS coaching opportunity

Former Florida standout guard Teddy Dupay has been involved in grassroots basketball in the Tampa area for the past three-plus years. But Dupay took another step in his coaching and mentoring progression last weekend when he was named head varsity basketball coach at Cambridge Christian School in Tampa. Dupay worked with some Cambridge students at his basketball academy in Tampa, and one of those parents approached Dupay and asked if he had interest in the varsity job. “Got to meet… Read More »

Alabama hires Pelphrey

Former Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey is moving on to another SEC program. Alabama announced that Pelphrey is joining Avery Johnson’s staff as associate head coach, confirming a Gatorsports.com tweet from a week ago that he had accepted the job. Pelphrey was an assistant under Florida coach Billy Donovan for a pair of stints, from 1996-2002 and 2011-14. However, Pelphrey was not considered for the head coaching job at UF when Donovan left for the Oklahoma City Thunder in May… Read More »

Gators could add big man for 2016 class, Barry visiting

The recent dismissal of Travis Ford at Oklahoma State could end up a boon to Florida from a recruiting standpoint. Gorjok Gak, a 6-foot-11, 215-pound center from Victory Rock Christian School in Bradenton, plans to take an official visit to UF’s campus from April 18-20, according to his high school coach, Loren Jackson. Gak signed last November with Oklahoma State, but was able to get a release from his LOI when Ford was let go in March. Jackson said Gak’s… Read More »

NBA scout: Robinson not ready

When it comes to the NBA draft, it takes just one team to fall in love with you. But one NBA scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said he thinks Florida forward Devin Robinson would be best served to return to school for his junior season. The 6-foot-8 Robinson announced he’s putting his name into the NBA draft without an agent. Robinson will go through predraft workouts and has until May 25 to decide whether to return for his… Read More »

The 06-07 Gators, a nod to greatness

As a young beat reporter 10 years ago, I stumbled on a goldmine. A talented and colorful collection of players recruited by Billy Donovan that morphed into a dominant team. Along the way, there were so many stories. Joakim Noah was as comfortable talking about global issues as he was about his latest stick-back dunk. I went to Corey Brewer’s one-stoplight hometown in Portland, Tenn., and Lee Humphrey’s hometown in Maryville, Tenn. Al Horford, more strong and silent, still could… Read More »

Demolition phase underway for O’Dome project

The O’Connell Center’s $64.5 million interior renovation project took another step forward with the beginning of the demolition phase this week. “It’s a culmination of 21 months since we had our first construction meeting,” said UF associate athletic director for internal affairs Chip Howard.  “The design team and construction management firm have worked really hard, so it’s a big day to finally get underway with a very important, critical project here for the university.” General contractor Brasfield and Gorrie and… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 82-77 loss at George Washington

Some observations following Florida’s 82-77 loss at George Washington on Wednesday night: — For as well as the Gators played offensively throughout the game, they took some questionable shots down the stretch. Two that stood out — a deep 3-point attempt by senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith with Florida trailing 74-73 with under two minutes left and a long mid-range jumper attempt by Devin Robinson with the Gators down 78-74 and under a minute to go. In both instances, Florida would… Read More »