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Florida Gators basketball: 2016-17 season in review

It is finally sinking in that Florida Gators basketball season is over. Florida finished the season with a 27-9 overall record while playing the seventh-ranked strength of schedule in the country.

The Gators were road warriors to start the season, playing their first 11 games away from home while Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center was in the final stages of reconstruction. Florida was 8-3 over that span, with its three losses coming to strong opponents in Gonzaga, Duke and Florida State.

Florida won the very first game to be played in Exactech Arena over Little Rock...

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Johnson excited about future of Florida Gators basketball

Versatility and size are two attributes that come in handy in the game of basketball. A combination of both makes for a dangerous player. Florida is getting a guy with both in class of 2017 forward Chase Johnson. The 6’8 big man from Huntington Prep in West Virginia will be bringing a unique skill set to Gainesville.

The way Johnson loves to play is the same way that the Gators look to play. Johnson wants to run the floor and make plays. The ability to shoot the ball well from distance makes him difficult to guard.

“I like to get up and down the floor. I feel that I’m really...

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Newbauer hired as Florida Gators women’s basketball coach

Special report on the Florida Gators women's basketball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Cameron Newbauer will be the 10th head coach of the University of Florida women's basketball program, Athletics Director Scott Stricklin announced Monday.

Newbauer (38), spent the previous four seasons as head coach at Belmont University, located in Nashville, Tennessee. Under Newbauer, the Bruins reached the postseason three times, including NCAA Tournament berths the last two seasons.

Belmont won 35 of its last 36 games against Ohio Valley Conference opponents - a run that included league tournament...

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Florida Gators fall short of Final Four vs. South Carolina

The Florida Gators basketball season came to an end on Sunday with a 77-70 loss to South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Final. The Gators found themselves on the other end of a hard-fought game as they could not close things out in the final minutes.

Florida’s chances seemed good after playing a relatively poor first half and still taking a 40-33 lead into halftime. A strong start to the second half could have been all the Gators needed to run away with the game, but that story did not play out.

South Carolina cut Florida’s lead to just one point less than four minutes...

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South Carolina ends the Florida Gators basketball season

With a Final Four appearance on the line, the (4) Florida Gators (27-9) could not close out the game against the (7) South Carolina Gamecocks (26-10). The two familiar opponents battled it out to the very end, but the Gamecocks outlasted the Gators in the final minutes.

South Carolina advances to its first Final Four appearance in school history with the 77-70 win over Florida.

After a mostly evenly matched first half, the Gators pulled ahead in the final minutes of the half to go to the locker room with a 40-33 lead.

Florida returned to the court without the intensity it had to close...

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Emotionally exhausted Florida Gators challenged by a quick turnaround

It’s been less than 24 hours since Chris Chiozza drained the buzzer beater to save the season and send Florida Gators basketball to the Elite Eight. It is also less than 24 hours before the Gators take the court at Madison Square Garden once again.

The Gators are coming off the greatest win of the season and fighting complete emotional exhaustion in preparation for what will be the most significant Florida basketball game since 2014.

When the Gators arrived back at their hotel early Saturday morning after 2 a.m., players’ phones were still blowing up, especially Chiozza’s. The hero...

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Elite Eight preview: Florida Gators vs South Carolina

What to know: (4) Florida Gators vs. (7) South Carolina Gamecocks

Game Information
When: Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:20 p.m. (ET)
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City, N.Y.
Records: Florida (27-8, 14-4 SEC); South Carolina (25-10, 12-6 SEC)
Coaches: Mike White- 48-23 (2nd season at Florida), 149-63 (6th season overall); Frank Martin- 95-73 (5th season at South Carolina), 212-127 (10th season overall)
TV: CBS
Radio: Gator IMG Sports...

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Florida Gators advance to Elite Eight after instant classic

There is no way to write a better script than the one that played out between (4) Florida and (8) Wisconsin in Madison Square Garden from late Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning.

The game will forever be remembered as one of the most exciting and improbable finishes in NCAA Tournament history. After 10 lead changes, seven ties and three blown double-digit leads between the two teams, two seasons on the line came down to four seconds in overtime.

Four seconds was all Chris Chiozza needed to get down the court, get a three off and send up a quick prayer. The Gators...

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Florida Gators basketball advances on buzzer beater

The (4) Florida Gators (27-8) are headed to the Elite Eight for the fifth time in seven years after defeating the (8) Wisconsin Badgers (29-10) in overtime at Madison Square Garden Friday night.
Regulation was a game of quarters as the Gators struggled early, took control from the end of the first half through most of the second and let a late lead go in the final minutes of the second half.
After going down by 11 in the first half, KeVaughn Allen led the Gators on a 21-8 run to take a 34-32 lead to the locker room.
The Gators let a 12-point lead of their own slip away in the final five...

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Florida Gators basketball keys to victory on Friday

The Gators face its biggest challenge of the tournament tonight --- literally and metaphorically – taking on a tall and talented Wisconsin frontcourt. And though the arguably under seeded Badgers have been a popular pick, Florida has a rather clear path to victory.
In a case of “easier said than done”, here is a look at the Gators keys to victory.

1) Pretend the Badgers are the Cavaliers: No, not Cleveland. I’m talking Virginia --- the team Florida swamped by 26 points last Saturday. Why? Well, by doing so the Gators should enter the game confident in its ability to beat a team...

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Florida Gators looking for sweet redemption at Madison Square Garden

The Florida Gators basketball team gets a rare opportunity on Friday as it will take the court at Madison Square Garden for the second time in a single season.

Following Florida’s 84-74 loss to Duke in its first game at The Garden back in early December, it was a question as to whether the Gators would be a strong enough team to return to New York in March for the Sweet 16 or not.

Florida did not play a bad game there the first time, but it didn’t exactly play that well either. Duke picked Florida’s defense apart, finishing with the second-most points scored against the Gators all...

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Florida Gators vs. Wisconsin preview: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

What to know: (4) Florida Gators basketball vs. (8) Wisconsin Badgers

Game Information

When: Friday, March 24, 2017, at 9:59 p.m. (ET)

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City, N.Y.

Records: Florida (26-8, 14-4 SEC); Wisconsin (27-9, 12-6 Big Ten)

Coaches: Mike White- 47-23 (2nd season at Florida), 148-63 (6th season overall); Greg Gard- 42-17 (2nd season at Wisconsin/overall)

TV: TBS

Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network

Projected...

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Sweet 16 preview and more for the Florida Gators: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we're joined by Zach Hughes who helps us recap the Florida Gators basketball team's Sweet 16 berth, plus preview the game against Wisconsin.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre ask Hughes what it's going to take for the Gators to beat Wisconsin and also how the Gators big men are playing lately.

Andrew and Nick also recap the Florida Gators football team's latest practices, plus how the diamond sports did this past weekend on the road.

TRANSCRIPT:

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Florida Gators tasked with countering Wisconsin’s experience and size

Playing in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament is a dream most young basketball players aspire to make a reality, but very few get the opportunity to do so. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of the ones who do.

Well, except for the players at Wisconsin over the last four years. For them, making the Sweet 16 is business as usual.

Since 2014, Wisconsin has accumulated more NCAA Tournament wins (13) than any other team. The Badgers have four consecutive Sweet 16 appearances, two Final Four appearances and a National Championship appearance in that time.

Wisconsin brings in...

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Florida Gators Basketball Sweet 16 bound with Virginia Win

The Florida Gators were clicking on all cylinders in Saturday’s 65-39 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Virginia’s elite defense was the biggest storyline coming into the game, but in the end, Florida’s defense got the last laugh. It was the Cavaliers’ lowest point total since scoring 38 against Wisconsin in 2013 and the fewest points allowed by Florida since 2014.
The Cavaliers held four teams under 40 points this season, so the Gators made sure to return the favor.
After a slow start, Florida trailed Virginia 13-11 with 11:42...

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Leon leads Florida Gators basketball to blowout win

It was all Gators in Orlando, as the Florida Gators basketball team propelled its way into the Sweet 16 with its huge 65-39 win over the Virginia Cavaliers.
It was supposed to be a low scoring squad between these struggling offenses and efficient defenses and for the most it was all Florida on the offensive end. The Cavaliers only had 17 points in the first half which is the lowest it has been held to all season. For the Gators it was Devin Robinson and Justin Leon who helped the Gators first half. KeVaughn Allen remained cold for the time being. Florida concerted on a last second bucket...

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Defensive battle looming for Florida Gators basketball

Don’t expect too many points to be scored on Saturday when two of the nation’s best defenses square off in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Mike White told the media on Friday that he was trying to figure out a way for his team to score 40 against Virginia, and it wasn’t an exaggeration or a joke. The Cavaliers held four teams to fewer than 40 points this season and five more under 50.

Most notably, Virginia held North Carolina, a team that averages 84.9 points per game and plays a similar style to Florida, to just 43 points a few weeks back.

“What makes them good?...

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Getting to know Virginia: Florida Gators basketball

Getting to Know Virginia

The Florida Gators will square off against the Virginia Cavaliers in the round of 32 Saturday night in Orlando. Virginia holds a record of 23-10(11-7). Just like Florida, Virginia was pegged by many as a first round upset favorite. The Cavaliers found themselves in tough position in the first half down 15, but terrific play from London Perrantes and 3pt shooting helped lead the team to a 76-71 win against UNCW.

Florida and Virginia are similar in the fact that both teams identity is found in defense. Virginia leads the nation in scoring defense...

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Florida Gators basketball photo gallery from the ETSU win

The Florida Gators basketball team started its NCAA tournament run on Thursday in Orlando when they took on East Tennessee State.

Gator Country was on hand and David Bowie brings you a photo gallery from the Gators win over ETSU that pushed them into the round of 32 on Saturday.

Check out our photo gallery to remember the big moments from the win on Thursday afternoon by the Gators basketball team.

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Florida Gators vs. Virginia Preview: NCAA Tournament Round of 32

What to know: (4) Florida Gators vs. (5) Virginia Cavaliers

Game Information

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 8:40 p.m. (ET)

Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Fla.

Records: Florida (25-8, 14-4 SEC); Virginia (23-10, 11-7 ACC)

Coaches: Mike White- 46-23 (2nd season at Florida), 147-63 (6th season overall); Tony Bennett- 188-82 (8th season at Virginia), 257-115 (11th season overall)

TV: TNT

Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network

Projected...

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Robinson leads Florida Gators to tournament win over ETSU

The Florida Gators came into Thursday’s Round of 64 game as the pick to be the first upset of the NCAA Tournament. With chips on their shoulders, the Gators finished the game strong to defeat the East Tennessee State Buccaneers 80-65.

It was Florida’s first NCAA Tournament win since 2014. With the win, the Gators advance to the second round to play the University of Virginia. No. 5 seed UVA just held on to defeat No. 12 seed UNC Wilmington earlier in the day.

“It feels good,” said junior forward Devin Robinson. “Knowing that we lost three or four games and we were picked to be...

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Florida Gators basketball advances past ETSU

Mike White and the University of Florida Gators notched its first NCAA tournament win since 2014 with an impressive 80-65 win over East Tennessee University.

Devin Robinson had two monster dunks and took a charge to give the Gators all the momentum in under a two-minute span. But after the timeout, the Gators returned to bad habits and went 0/8 from three point range until Kasey Hill sunk a last second three to put the Gators up 33-30 as time expired on the shot clock.

To end the half, ETSU, shot 14/29 from the floor and 4/11 from beyond the arc. It was TJ Cramer who led ETSU in score...

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Keys for the Florida Gators to make a NCAA Tournament run

The Florida Gators will be entering the NCAA with a huge chip on their shoulder. Losing three out the last five games, and two of them being to Vanderbilt, is a major reason. Many people are viewing the 4-12 matchup between Florida and ETSU as an upset waiting to happen. The Gators are focused and ready to prove to the doubters wrong. Here are some keys to Florida being able to make a run in the tournament.

Defensive Intensity

Florida has been among one of the best defensive teams in the nation all season. Smothering defense has been the reason for many wins and also...

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Florida Gators basketball set for an interesting matchup with ETSU

Less than 24 hours separates the Florida Gators from tipping off against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 13-seed Bucs have earned a spot in the tournament for the first time in seven seasons in the first year under head coach Steve Forbes. Florida brings nothing but respect in for its competitive mid-major opponent.

“They’ve got a high-major caliber team and I know they’ll prove that tomorrow, that they’re very worthy of being in the NCAA Tourney, of course,” said Florida head coach Mike White. “They’ve got an SEC staff,...

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Florida Gators vs. East Tennessee State preview: NCAA Tournament First Round

What to know: (4) Florida Gators vs. (13) East Tennessee State Buccaneers

Game Information

When: Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3:10 p.m. (ET)

Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Fla.

Records: Florida (24-8, 14-4 SEC); East Tennessee State (27-7, 14-4 SoCon)

Coaches: Mike White- 45-23 (2nd season at Florida), 146-63 (6th season overall); Steve Forbes- 51-19 (2nd season at ETSU/overall)

TV: SEC truTV

Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network

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Getting to know the Florida Gators opponent: East Tennessee State

The Florida Gators will be back on the hardwood Thursday as the NCAA tournament gets underway. Florida landed the No. 4 seed in the East region that matches them up against ETSU in Orlando on Thursday. ETSU enters the tournament after winning the Southern Conference Championship and holds a 27-7(14-4) record.

The Buc’s are coached by a face that is similar to the SEC. Steve Forbes spent time at Texas A&M as an assistant from 2004-2006, then returned to the league to coach under Bruce Pearl at Tennessee from 2006-2011. Forbes also was mentored by another notable head coach in Coach...

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Florida Gators basketball tourny preview and more: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we look at the Florida Gators basketball team's draw in the NCAA tournament and how they match-up.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what the Gators need to do, plus they look at week two of the Gators spring football practices.

Andrew and Nick also talk about what's going wrong for the Gators baseball team, plus what is going right for the softball team this year.

TRANSCRIPT:

NCAA bb Preview

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Florida Gators basketball hungry for an NCAA Tournament win

Unlike most teams that got into the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, the Florida Gators did not throw a party in the locker room or get too excited when it was announced that East Tennessee State would be their opponent.

It should have been a special moment for a team that has not made the tournament in two years, but a poor finish to the season left the Gators with a bad taste in their mouths. Florida players knew it would be a tough week ahead and changes would need to be made to have success in the tournament.

“No one likes losing, so the mood right now is ‘We’ve lost two in a row’....

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Florida Gators earn No. 4 seed in NCAA Tournament

After a drought of two seasons, the Florida Gators (24-8, 14-4 SEC) have finally earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Despite a rough finish to the season, losing three of its last four games and a one and done appearance in the SEC Tournament, Florida’s overall body of work earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Gators will face No. 13 seed East Tennessee State (27-7, 14-4 Southern Conference) in the first round of the tournament.

The Buccaneers battled with SEC opponents in the regular season, defeating Mississippi State 75-61 and just falling to Tennessee 72-68. ETSU won...

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Vanderbilt gives Florida Gators an early exit from the SEC Tournament

For the third time this season, and the fifth time in a row, the Vanderbilt Commodores handed the Florida Gators basketball team a loss. This time, in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament, a point Florida hasn’t been able to get past since winning the tournament in 2014.
Once again, Vanderbilt was several steps ahead throughout the game and Florida looked like the team playing its second game in 24 hours, despite having nearly a week off. With six days to prepare for the one team that swept them the entire season, the Gators still found no rhythm on offense and no answers on...

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