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Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from FSU’s 73-71 win over Florida

Some observations following Florida State’s 73-71 win over Florida: – Florida coach Mike White needed to bring in someone bigger to defend FSU freshman guard Dwayne Bacon in the final possession of the game. Junior DeVon Walker had the size (6-6) and lateral quickness to match up with Bacon, who hit a game-winning 10-footer with 4.6 seconds left. White talked about wanting to have both Hill and Chris Chiozza on the floor for transition offense after a miss or make,… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 89-65 win over Jacksonville

Some observations following UF’s 89-65 win over Jacksonville at the O’Connell Center: – Florida first-year coach Mike White is still in a feeling-out process when it comes to playing a certain tempo. When the Gators try to play faster under White, like they did in the first half, the Gators are more prone to defensive lapses in transition. When the Gators slow it down, the offense gets bogged down, but the defense plays well.  “You’re wondering and you’re searching yourself… Read More »

White talks Hill-Chiozza playing together, rotation

Given that point guards Chris Chiozza and Kasey Hill both have played at a high level over the last two games, Florida coach Mike White was asked if the two could play together more frequently moving forward. If Kasey continues to play really well and Chris continues to play consistent, we’ll play those guys more and more together,” White said. “But KeVaughn Allen and Brandone Francis-Ramirez, I’m sure would have something to say, regarding that. because KeVaughn is coming off… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 72-70 win over Oklahoma State

Some observations following UF’s 72-70 win over Oklahoma State. – Yes, Florida’s missed free throws (12-of-26 from the line) were maddening. But give UF credit in its resolve of maintaining its lead despite missing some key free throws in the final two minutes. Junior forward DeVon Walker senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith made big hustle plays off missed shots and missed free-throws which allowed Florida to maintain possession and kill clock in the final two minutes. “There were things we could… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 58-52 loss vs. No. 1 Michigan State

Some observations following UF’s 58-52 loss at Michigan State: – Don’t be surprised to see Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza starting together in the backcourt soon. The Gators had some of their best offensive stretches with the two point guards on the floor on the same time. With freshmen guards Brandone Francis-Ramirez and KeVaughn Allen clearly not ready for big-time competition yet, it appears starting the two experienced point guards together might be the best option, even though it would… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 66-55 loss to No. 17 Miami

Some observations following Florida’s 66-55 loss at No. 17 Miami on Tuesday night: – If freshmen KeVaughn Allen and Brandone Francis-Ramirez can’t produce at the shooting guard spot, why not give junior DeVon Walker a shot there? Walker is not the answer offensively, but at least the 6-6 swingman provides stellar defense and can match up with bigger guards. Walker was underutilized during the Miami loss and should have been brought in more during the second half to try to… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 76-56 win over Richmond

Some observations following Florida’s 76-56 win over Richmond: – Lost in Florida’s physical domination over Richmond was its improved decision-making with the ball as well. The Gators finished with 19 assists to 10 turnovers against the Spiders. Considering Florida had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 8 to 19 in its season opener at Navy, it shows how much progress the Gators have made adapting to new coach Mike White’s offense, which allows more freedom to drive off the dribble. UF’s assist-to-turnover… Read More »

Pelphrey enjoying calling games

Former Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey misses coaching. But Pelphrey is staying close to the game as a basketball analyst for the SEC Network. He’ll call the second of two straight Florida games tonight when the Gators face Richmond at the O’Connell Center in an SEC Network televised game. “It’s been really good,” Pelphrey said. “It’s humbling. These people are really talented at what they do, you know, everything is about communicating correctly, even if you know the right stuff,… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 70-50 win over FGCU

Three takeaways from Florida’s 70-50 win over Florida Gulf Coast University: – The maddening inconsistency for junior point guard Kasey Hill continues. After scoring 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting against Vermont, Hill was back to his wild drives in the lane, finishing with just 7 points on 2 of 9 shooting against FGCU. Some of those missed drives resulted in offensive rebounds putbacks for the Gators, but while that may work against undersized FGCU, it won’t against the… Read More »

White may back off press

Five games into the season, Florida coach Mike White is learning more about the strengths and weaknesses of his team. While the Gators are pressing more under White than his predecessor, Billy Donovan, the first-year coach admitted that may not continue in the coming weeks. “When you are going through this process in transition you’re evaluating what we are, every coach in the country is evaluating his team this early in the season, especially us new coaches that are taking… Read More »