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Some sightline issues, but new O’Dome overall a hit

Florida’s first two games in the renovated $64.5 million Exactech Arena/O’Connell Center has been well received by fans. The Gators did record sales in concessions in their debut game against Arkansas Little-Rock, according to Florida executive associate athletics director for internal affairs Chip Howard. Average attendance has been near capacity at 10,539. “I couldn’t be more pleased with how the building has functioned in front of large crowds,” Howard said. About the only issue that’s cropped up has centered around… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 70-63 win over Ole Miss

Some observations following UF’s 70-63 win over Ole Miss at the O’Connell Center. — Working his way back from a hamstring injury, Florida junior center John Egbunu looked more comfortable and confident offensively in the second half against Ole Miss. Egbunu finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds in 23 minutes and finished on a pretty up-and-under move against Ole Miss center Sebastian Saiz in the second half. The Gators are going to need some inside scoring from Egbunu on… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways following UF’s 81-72 win over Arkansas

Some observations following UF’s 81-72 win at Arkansas: • Florida junior forward Devin Robinson is playing with poise and maturity and has learned how to take advantage of his athletic ability on both ends of the floor. Robinson had three first half dunks in traffic. But perhaps the most impressive sign of Robinson’s ability to move on to the next play came when the 6-foot-8 Chesterfield, Va., native sprinted down the floor to block a layup attempt in transition by Arkansas… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeways from Florida’s 94-71 win over UARL

Some observations following UF’s 94-71 win over Arkansas Little Rock: — Florida coach Mike White said he’s pleased with what he’s getting offensively from Kevarrius Hayes and Schuyler Rimmer at center in John Egbunu’s absence. Rimmer has moved ahead of freshman Gorjok Gak on the depth chart at center and had 3 points, 1 rebounds and an assist against UARL, “Schuyler has improved his conditioning,” White said. But White said he felt that both Hayes and Rimmer had lapses in… Read More »

D-Robb wouldn’t mind another shot at FSU

Count Florida junior forward Devin Robinson as one who wouldn’t mind a rematch with Florida State this season. The Gators suffered an 83-78 loss to the Seminoles in Tallahassee on Dec. 11, their third straight loss against their in-state rivals. The loss knocked UF out of the Top 25 and vaulted FSU into the rankings at No. 22. After Florida bounced back from the loss with an impressive 87-46 win over Charlotte last Saturday at the Orange Bowl Classic, Robinson… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways following UF’s 87-46 win over Charlotte.

Some observations following UF’s 87-46 win over Charlotte at the Orange Bowl Classic: — Is it time for the Gators to consider starting Kevarrius Hayes ahead of John Egbunu at center? Certainly, Hayes provided a nice boost against Charlotte with 9 points and 5 rebounds and has improved his touch and finishing ability around the basket. “He took advantage of an opportunity,” Florida coach Mike White said. Walk-on senior center Schuyler Rimmer also was active with 3 points, 4 rebounds… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 83-78 loss to FSU

 Some observations following Florida’s 83-78 loss at Florida State:  — Florida’s lack of a true power forward is proving costly on the glass. FSU outrebounded the Gators 42-33, and if not for a few missed chippies, the Seminoles would have scored more than 10 second-chance points. At some point, Florida coach Mike White may need to consider playing center John Egbunu and center Kevarrius Hayes together against more physical frontlines. — Senior Kasey Hill was asked to do more offensively… Read More »

`Chiozza questionable for FSU

Florida junior point guard Chris Chiozza is questionable for Sunday’s game against rival Florida State with a thigh inury. Chiozza suffered the injury during UF’s 84-74 loss to No. 5 Duke on Tuesday night in New York City. He tried to return, but sat out the second half, finishing with just 2 points, 1 assist and 3 personal fouls. “He didn’t practice yesterday,” Florida coach Mike White said. “I’m not sure if he’ll practice today, he’s got a contusion, charlie… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 84-74 loss to Duke

Some observations following UF’s 84-74 to Duke at Madison Square Garden: — It was a tough night for Florida junior point guard Chris Chiozza, who was unable to build off his 16 points, 9 assist outing against UNF. Chiozza had 2 points, 1 assist and 3 turnovers in 11 minutes and appeared to be dealing with a hamstring issue during the game. — Florida had an interesting early gameplan to attack the basket, taking just 3 3-point attempts and 11… Read More »

Stokes boosts UF’s ’17 class

The addition of 2017 power forward Isaiah Stokes put Florida back in the Top 25 in another significant category on Friday. Per ESPN.com’s, Florida’s ’17 class is currently ranked 24th in the nation. That ranking could jump if Florida can close on an elite guard prospect during the spring signing period. There are four SEC programs currently ranked ahead of Florida  — Kentucky (1), Alabama (6), Auburn (9) and Arkansas (17). While losing point guard commit Shai Alexander to Kentucky… Read More »