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Bilas: Allen needs to be assertive for Gators vs. Kentucky

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas was asked about key battles entering Saturday’s matchup between No. 24 Florida and No. 8 Kentucky. Bilas didn’t hesitate with a response. “The key guy for Florida is KeVaughn Allen,” Bilas said. “He’s got to play really well. When you are not a prolific scoring team, your best scorer has got to score. If he’s constantly looking to score, he opens things up for others and that’s important.” The 6-foot-2 Allen still needs to… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 93-54 win over Missouri

Some observations following Florida’s 93-54 win over Missouri on Thursday night: — Florida did a good job of spreading minutes around heading into less than a 48-hour turnaround on Saturday against No. 8 Kentucky. Leading scorer KeVaughn Allen was held to 23 minutes, while centers John Egbunu (17 minutes) and Kevarrius Hayes (18 minutes) both played under 20 minutes. Chris Chiozza played the longest (29 minutes) because he was going for a triple-double, and though Chiozza limped off the court… Read More »

Former Gators Dupay, Donovan meet on HS hardwood

  In some ways, it was a typical high school basketball game. Passes sailed wildly. Refs missed calls. The smell of popcorn filled the gym as cheerleaders stomped on the bleachers. But there was nothing typical about the two coaches on the sideline. On one bench, former Gator walk on Billy Donovan was trying to get his St. Francis High team to settle down against a relentless press. On the other bench, former Gator guard Teddy Dupay was begging for… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 observations following UF’s 84-52 win over Oklahoma

Some observations following UF’s 84-52 win at Oklahoma in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge: — Two games ago, Florida coach Mike White made an adjustment by not automatically going with his starters to start the second half. The move worked against LSU and it worked again against Oklahoma, with the Gators going on a 7-0 run to start the second. Canyon Barry was in for Devin Robinson to start the second half, while Kevarrius Hayes was in for John Egbunu. “I… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 106-71 win over LSU

Some observations following Florida’s 106-71 win over LSU: — Credit Florida freshman guard Eric Hester for taking advantage of an opportunity. With second-leading scorer Canyon Barry sidelined, Hester made an impact on both ends of the floor. Besides going 5 for 5 from the floor with a career-high 16 points, Hester had 4 assists, 2 steals and 3 rebounds. Watching pregame warm ups, Hester made about six or seven 3-pointers in a row, and it extended into the game. Certainly,… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from Florida’s 68-66 loss to Vanderbilt

Some observations following Florida’s 68-66 loss to Vanderbilt in the O’Connell Center — Considering Florida’s slow offensive starts in each of its last three games, it may be time to consider moving senior forward Canyon Barry into the starting lineup before it’s too late. Barry didn’t get into the game until the 15:04 mark in the first half and had a hard time getting into the flow of the game, finishing with six points and two rebounds in 17 minutes.… Read More »

Bonner named Florida’s “Living Legend”

It didn’t seem long ago that 6-foot-9 Matt Bonner was launching (and hitting) 3-point shots with regularity in a Florida Gator uniform. But 14 years have passed since Bonner last played for UF in 2003. That was apparent when the SEC named Bonner as Florida’s “Living Legend” for the 2017 SEC Tournament. A Concord, N.H., native, Bonner played at UF from 1999-2003 and remains 10th on UF’s all-time scoring list with 1,570 career points. He was part of UF’s second… Read More »

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from No. 19 Florida’s 57-53 loss at No. 24 South Carolina

Some observations following Florida’s 57-53 loss at South Carolina: — Florida needed experienced point guards Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza to step up to help the Gators handle a hostile atmosphere at South Carolina. Hill was solid in the first half, but got into second half foul trouble and fouled out with 1:51 left. Chiozza was up-and-down with 4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 turnovers. At times, Chiozza looks over-matched physically against SEC competition. Chiozza and Hill combined… Read More »

Beyond The Arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 80-76 overtime win against Georgia

Some observations following UF’s 80-76 overtime win against Georgia: — Florida is now 7-0 since going to a starting lineup of Kevarrius Hayes at center with Justin Leon, Devin Robinson, Kasey Hill and KeVaughn Allen. But given the recent slow starts in wins over Tennessee and Georgia and the play of Canyon Barry and Keith Stone off the bench, it may be time to consider replacing Robinson and Leon with Barry and Stone in the starting lineup. “When you’re winning,… Read More »

Stokes to play in Ocala

Fans interested in getting a glimpse at 2017 UF signee Isaiah Stokes can do so next weekend in Ocala. The 6-foot-8, 273-pound Stokes will play for IMG Academy when they face The Rock on Saturday, Jan. 21., at 6:30 p.m., during the first game of the Vince Murray Memorial Challenge at Vanguard High School. Stokes, a four-star prospect and younger brother of former Tennessee and NBA forward Jarnell Stokes, signed with UF last month. He’s one of three signed members… Read More »