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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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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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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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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 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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Mike White discusses Gators All-SEC Honors

Following the most successful regular season since 2013-14, SEC honors and awards abounded for Florida Gators basketball. The Gators picked up five honors between head coach Mike White and guards KeVaughn Allen, Kasey Hill and Canyon Barry.

Allen earned a spot on First Team All-SEC, while Hill made Second Team All-SEC and the All-Defensive Team. Florida was one of just four teams with multiple players receiving All-SEC honors.

After being named to Second Team All-SEC in the preseason, Allen improved his status over the course of his sophomore year. He stepped up as Florida’s offensive...

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Three Florida Gators earn All-SEC honors, White Coach of the Year

In just his second season as the Florida Gators head basketball coach Mike White was named the SEC Coach of the Year, as voted on by the league’s coaches.

The Gators have won 24 games, tied for third most in program history, this season, and three more than they did in White’s first season in Gainesville. This is the third time in his six seasons as a head coach that White has been named his conference’s Coach of the Year. White was named the WAC Coach of the Year (2013) and Conference USA Coach of the Year (2015) while he coached at Louisiana Tech.

The Gators also had three...

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Saying goodbye to the Florida Gators basketball seniors

A crowd of 10,978 said one final goodbye to four seniors on Wednesday night as the Florida Gators got a 78-65 win over Arkansas. Unlike many senior nights, Florida’s was not one of sadness, but instead was one of gratitude and respect.

The Gators recognized Schuyler Rimmer, Canyon Barry, Justin Leon and Kasey Hill, in that order, giving each player a chance to give a personal goodbye to the crowd with his family by his side.

Following the pre-game ceremony, starters for each team were announced, and for the first time all season, all four Florida seniors were on the court together to...

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Florida Gators basketball photo gallery from the Arkansas game

The Florida Gators basketball team clinched the number two seed in the SEC tournament on Wednesday night when they defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks.

GatorCountry was live at senior night as the Gators took down the Razorbacks and we bring you a photo gallery from all of the action.

David Bowie brings you the photos to remember the four seniors, plus to remember how the Gators defeated Arkansas.

PHOTO GALLERY:

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Florida Gators basketball defeats Arkansas on senior night

The Florida Gators (24-6, 14-3 SEC) came away with a 78-65 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks (22-8, 11-6 SEC) in the final home game of the season on Wednesday night.

It was an emotional night, as Florida’s four seniors, Kasey Hill, Canyon Barry, Schuyler Rimmer and Justin Leon, were honored. Mike White rewarded his veterans by starting all four of them, along with sophomore KeVaughn Allen, for the first time this season.

The Gators started the game off strong, taking a quick 14-6 lead over the Razorbacks, as each senior scored within the first four minutes. Florida went up by 10,...

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Florida Gators in need of an outstanding performance at Kentucky

The Florida Gators basketball team heads to Kentucky to face its most difficult test of the season on Saturday. Florida already got its most impressive win to this point in the season against Kentucky at home a few weeks back, but a win in this game would mean so much more.

With both teams sitting at the top of the SEC with identical records at 23-5 overall and 13-2 in conference play, the battle for the SEC regular season title is coming down to the wire. Barring any losses next week for either team, Saturday’s game will be the decider for the title.

Mike White knows all of the...

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Strong second half pushes Florida Gators basketball by AU

Offense was the story of the game in Tuesday night’s game between the No. 15 Florida Gators (21-5, 11-2) and the Auburn Tigers (16-10, 5-8).
The Gators started off sluggish, trailing the Tigers until the 9:29 mark in the first half. The two teams went into halftime tied at 50, but after a 9-0 run by Florida to start the second half, it was all Gators from there. Florida went off to score more than 100 points for the second time this season in the 114-95 victory.
The Gators are now on their second seven game winning streak of the season, but are winning in much more impressive fashion this...

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Florida Gators look to finish season strong on the road

The Florida Gators will hit the road twice this week and three times in their next four games. It’s a tall task for any team but Mike White’s team has made the road a home away from home this season.

Florida was forced to play its first 12 games away from Gainesville as Exactech Arena was being renovated and they’ve put together a 13-4 record away from home. Those first 12 games helped the team bond as they spent more than a month traveling together on busses, planes and hotel rooms. White, realizing the stress all that traveling can create has changed his normal practice...

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Florida Gators basketball taking measures to be ready for an early tip

The Florida Gators basketball team tips off at noon for the third time this season at home on Saturday against the Texas A&M Aggies. The Gators played shaky, to say the least, in the first two noon tips of the season.

The first came in an 80-76 overtime victory over Georgia, but Florida was lucky to come away with a win with sluggish play throughout the game. Without outstanding play off the bench from Canyon Barry, that included two improbable four-point plays, the Gators probably wouldn’t have even been close to pulling out the win.

The only other noon tip to this point did not...

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Florida Gators Basketball Preview for Texas A&M Game

What to know: #17 Florida Gators vs. Texas A&M Aggies

Game Information
When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 12 p.m. (ET)
Where: Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla.
Records: Florida (19-5, 9-2 SEC); Texas A&M (13-10, 5-6 SEC)
Coaches: Mike White- 40-20 (2nd season at Florida), 141-60 (6th season overall); Billy Kennedy- 112-80 (6th season at Texas A&M), 323-259 (19th season overall)
TV: ESPN2
Streaming: WatchESPN
Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network

Projected Starters
FLORIDA POS. HT. WT. CLASS PER GAME
DEVIN ROBINSON
F 6-8 200 Junior...

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Florida Gators basketball preview for Kentucky game

What to know: #24 Florida Gators basketball vs. #8 Kentucky Wildcats

Game Information

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 8:15 p.m. (ET)

Where: Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla.

Records: Florida (17-5, 7-2 SEC); Kentucky (18-4, 8-1 SEC)

Coaches: Mike White- 38-20 (2nd season at Florida), 139-60 (6th season overall); John Calipari- 235-51 (8th season at Kentucky), 638-189 (25th season overall)

TV: ESPN

Streaming:...

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Florida Gators basketball makes a statement at Oklahoma

With a two-game losing streak looming over the Florida Gators basketball team heading into this week, they responded well, with two convincing road wins. After a historic 106-71 win at LSU earlier in the week, Florida traveled to Oklahoma looking to keep the momentum rolling.

After a back-and-forth start to the game that included five ties and five lead changes, the Gators took control late in the first half and went to the locker room with a comfortable 43-28 lead. The second half slump has come to be expected for Florida, but surprisingly, it did not come for the second game in a...

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Florida Gators basketball rolls past Oklahoma

The Florida Gators get their 16th win of the year and close out a road trip going 2-0 with an 84-52 win over the Oklahoma sooners. It was a huge road win for head coach Mike White and the Gators as they are able to cement another win on the all important March Madness resume.

The Gators got out to a fast start in the first half. The Gator bench scored 28 points in the first half with Canyon Barry and Kevarrius Hayes both had 13 points. With the success off the bench and the lack of turnovers (2), Florida carried a 15 point to lead into half.

It was another great second half performance...

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Canyon Barry suffers ankle sprain ahead of big week

Florida Gators senior forward Canyon Barry suffered a sprained ankle during practice on Monday. Barry has been in a protective walking boot since the injury Monday.

"He sprained it (Monday)," head coach Mike White said on Tuesday. "It's swollen. Disappointing for him."

White reported on Tuesday that Barry's status was still very much in question when the Gators travel to Baton Rouge to take on the LSU Tigers (9-9, 1-6 SEC). White said Barry being able to play is "50-50."

Barry is second on the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and has played in all 19 contests this season.

The news was...

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South Carolina burns Florida Gators basketball on the road

Following last Saturday’s overtime win against Georgia, Florida Gators basketball coach Mike White said his team was playing with fire, and after playing with fire several games in a row, the Florida Gators finally got burned at South Carolina on Wednesday night.

It was an ugly offensive game from the start for both sides. Nearly six minutes and 18 combined turnovers into the game, the first points were finally scored by Kasey Hill to give Florida the lead. The Gators and Gamecocks let off the defensive gas enough four a few more points to be scored to close out the half, and Florida took...

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Florida Gators basketball falls to South Carolina on the road

The Florida Gators basketball team suffered their first SEC loss on Wednesday against the South Carolina Gamecocks 57-53. It was a sloppy game from start to finish, but a game that the Gators were lucky to be in after making many mistakes and not making a single three-pointer, going 0-15 on the night.

It was a sloppy start to the first half as both teams came out struggling shooting a combined 0-10 to start the game. The first points of the game weren’t scored until after the first media under 16-minute timeout. By way of Kasey Hill’s 11 first half points, the Gators were able to...

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Florida Gators basketball preview for South Carolina game

What to know: #19 Florida Gators basketball at #24 South Carolina Gamecocks

Game Information

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. (ET)

Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.

Records: Florida (15-3), (5-0 SEC); South Carolina (14-3), (4-0 SEC)

Coaches: Mike White- 35-18 (2nd season at Florida), 136-58 (6th season overall); Frank Martin- 84-66 (5th season at South Carolina), 201-120 (10th season overall)

TV: SEC Network

Streaming:...

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Florida Gators basketball survives Georgia in overtime at home

The Florida Gators basketball team left the crowd on pins and needles throughout the entirety of the game on Saturday. Georgia held a small lead for a majority of the game, but the Gators, again, found a way to win a hard-fought game.

The win marked Florida’s seventh straight victory to stay undefeated at home and in SEC play. The Gators are now 5-0 in conference play and have taken 14 straight games at home over the Bulldogs, a streak that goes back to 2002.

Florida relied on a couple of late free-throws by Kasey Hill to tie the game and a stop at the other end with just seven seconds...

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Florida Gators basketball shows maturity in defeat of Alabama

In a game filled with adversity, the Florida Gators basketball team came out on top of the Alabama Crimson Tide 80-67 on the road on Tuesday. The win moved the Gators up to a 4-0 record in the SEC, which is the best start to conference play since the 2013-14 season. Florida finished with a perfect 18-0 conference record that season and went on to make a Final Four appearance.

As with the last game against Tennessee, the score did not indicate how close the game actually was to going the other way. The Gators dominated a majority of the first half, going up by as many as 18, but that lead...

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Daily Three: WR Ryan Sousa set to transfer from Florida, more news to know

Here’s the Gators news you need to know to begin your Tuesday …

Head coach Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators looks on before the SEC Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Georgia Dome on December 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Head coach Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators looks on before the SEC Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Georgia Dome on December 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

1. WR transferring from Gators: Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Ryan Sousa is reportedly transferring from Florida. “Alright UF It was fun but now it’s time to move on with my career. Miss all y’all boys,” Sousa tweeted. After signing with Florida as a three-star recruit in 2014, Sousa took a redshirt in his first year and appeared in two games last season.

2. Gators in Georgia: We’re starting to find out more details about the Gators’ satellite camp tour. According to the Mercer football program’s Twitter account, the Gators are one of 10 “special guests” at Mercer’s Elite Camp on June 3-4. The camp will take place at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., which is located about 80 minutes from Atlanta. Georgia is an important state in Florida’s recruiting plan, as the Gators have signed seven prospects from the state over their past two recruiting cycles.

3. Rick Barry’s son picks Gators: Canyon Barry, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, told ESPN he would transfer from the College of Charleston to Florida. Barry reportedly chose UF over his father’s alma mater, Miami, Cal, Kansas, Louisville and others. He averaged 19.7 points points in 13 games at guard for Charleston. After redshirting his freshman season, he made the Colonial Athletic Association’s All-Rookie Team in 2014.

Canyon Barry, son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, to transfer to Florida Gators

The newest Gator has a Hall of Fame pedigree.Canyon Barry

Canyon Barry, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, told ESPN he would transfer from the College of Charleston to Florida.

Barry reportedly chose UF over his father’s alma mater, Miami, Cal, Kansas, Louisville and others. He averaged 19.7 points points in 13 games at guard for Charleston. After redshirting his freshman season, he made the Colonial Athletic Association’s All-Rookie Team in 2014.

ESPN ranks Barry as the No. 2 transfer player available this offseason.

Charleston grad transfer Canyon Barry told ESPN he will head to Florida. HUGE get for the Gators.

— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 9, 2016

Along with his talent, Barry also brings an anachronism to Gainesville. Like his father, Barry shoots his free throws underhanded.

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