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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What to know: (4) Florida Gators basketball vs. (8) Wisconsin Badgers
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)
Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network
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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.
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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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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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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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What to know: (4) Florida Gators vs. (5) Virginia Cavaliers
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)
Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network
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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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The Florida Gators were defeated for a third time this season by the Vanderbilt Commodores 72-62. The Gators finish SEC play at 14-5.
It was a hot start in the first half for Kasey Hill, hitting his signature mid range jumper and accounting for four of the first six Gator points. But Hill and the Gators went cold after a quick start. The Gators went a mere 1-9 from three and 11-33 from the field. Vanderbilt continued its hot play against the Gators shooting 50 percent from three.
Hill lead the gators in scoring with six points accompanied by Keith Stone who had an impressive...
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The No. 13 Florida Gators basketball team got its ninth consecutive victory with an 81-66 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks on Tuesday. After suffering an embarrassing 57-53 loss, that included an 0-for-17 night from three, in the first matchup earlier in the season, the Gators were hungry to steal a win from the Gamecocks at home. It was the third consecutive loss for a struggling South Carolina team.
Florida was hot offensively from the very beginning, as KeVaughn Allen got things going by draining a three-pointer on the very first possession. He went on to score the first six points of...
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What to know: #13 Florida Gators basketball vs. South Carolina
When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 7 p.m. (ET)
Where: Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla.
Records: Florida (22-5, 12-2 SEC); South Carolina (20-7, 10-4 SEC)
Coaches: Mike White- 43-20 (2nd season at Florida), 144-60 (6th season overall); Frank Martin- 90-70 (5th season at South Carolina), 207-124 (10th season overall)
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A large part of Saturday’s game felt eerily similar to the only other two noon tipoffs of the season against Georgia and Vanderbilt several weeks ago. The Florida Gators basketball team was just sluggish throughout several stretches in the game against Texas A&M.
The Gators looked at a loss for a source of energy. It felt like a game Florida simply wasn’t going to be able to do enough in, after pouring out so much energy over the previous five-game stretch of wins by double figures.
Florida did start the game at a pretty good pace, going up by as many as 11 with a 24-13 lead...
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Just over two weeks ago, the Florida Gators basketball team was at its lowest point of the season after suffering losses to South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The team played its worst offensive game and its worst defensive game back-to-back that week.
Now, Florida is riding a high with four straight routs of high-major teams, all by more than 20 points. The Gators are fresh off their biggest win of the season. Arguably, their biggest win in several seasons. The 88-66 upset of then No. 8 Kentucky on Saturday was Florida’s largest margin of victory over the Wildcats in the 90-year history of...
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GatorCountry brings you a photo gallery from the Florida Gators basketball game Kentucky where the Gators blew out the Wildcats on Saturday night.
David Bowie was live at the game and brings you photos to help you relive the Gators big win over Kentucky which was the largest victory by Florida over Kentucky.
Next up for the Gators is a road game where they take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday night.
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Mike White said on Friday that no one was expecting to blow Kentucky out of the water on Saturday night, but the Florida Gators did just that in an 88-66 defeat of the Wildcats at home. Florida has been on a new level over the last two weeks and it has been a pleasure to watch this team win its last four games by more than 20 points.
The No. 24 Gators never trailed in the game against the No. 8 Wildcats. Florida took a 34-26 lead into halftime, holding Kentucky to its lowest first half point total of the season. The Gators rode a 66.7 shooting percentage in the second half to put the game out...
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The Florida Gators (17-5, 7-2 SEC) were dominant from the start at home against the Missouri Tigers (5-16, 0-9 SEC). With Kentucky on the horizon, Florida was in danger of getting caught in a trap game. Instead, the Gators handed Missouri its 13th straight loss. Guard Chris Chiozza lead the way for the Gators by collecting his first career triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the game.
Seven KeVaughn Allen points in the first four minutes of play led Florida to a 12-2 start to the game. The Gators showed no mercy throughout the remainder of the half, going up by as...
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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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Coming off of their worst offensive performance of the season at South Carolina on Wednesday, the Florida Gators basketball team is still hurting. Florida had to work for everything it got, which wasn’t very much, in the 57-53 defeat.
The Gators played outstanding defense against a below average South Carolina offense, but 19-for-54 from the field and 0-for-17 from beyond the arc wouldn’t amount to enough points for very many teams to come away with a win in any game. Besides the Gamecocks’ defense being one of the best in the country, Florida was just in a funk.
“It was real...
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Here’s the Gators news you need to know to begin your Wednesday …
1. It’s official: As we’ve previously reported, the Gators and the Hurricanes were working on finalizing a 2019 matchup on the football field. Florida and Miami made it official Tuesday afternoon. The game will be played in Orlando at the stadium formerly known as the Citrus Bowl and it will be televised by ESPN. It’s now known as Camping World Stadium. Although the game is expected to be the season opener for both teams, a specific date has not been set yet. The countdown begins …
2. Devin Robinson set to return: The forward will return to Florida for his junior season. Robinson was looking to test his NBA draft stock after declaring for the draft without an agent. But an injury made Robinson’s decision to return to school clear. He recently underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. Robinson averaged nine points and 5.6 rebounds for Florida during the 2015-16 season.
3. Gak attack: Center Gorjok Gak committed to the Gators on Sunday night. The Florida men’s basketball team announced the signing of Gak on Tuesday. The 6-foot-10, 205-pound Gak is listed as a three-star prospect and as the 26th-best center in the 2016 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He has a 7-foot-4 wingspan. Can we refer to him as the Gak Attack? Asking for a friend.
The Gators men’s basketball team will bring back Devin Robinson for his junior season.
Florida announced Tuesday evening that Robinson has withdrawn his name from consideration for the NBA Draft and will return to school.
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The 6-foot-8 forward was looking to test his NBA draft stock after declaring for the draft without an agent, but an injury made Robinson’s decision to return to school clear. Robinson recently underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot and was given a projected four- to six-month recovery time frame, which would have prevented him from working out for NBA teams.
Robinson averaged nine points and 5.6 rebounds in 36 games as a sophomore last season. He started 18 games for the Gators during the 2015-16 season.
GAINESVILLE — The Florida basketball team will have a huge non-conference test next season.
The Gators will be playing the Duke Blue Devils as part of the 2016 Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Gardens, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
Florida finished the 2015-16 season with a 21-15 record and missed the NCAA Tournament. UF was invited to the NIT Tournament and beat North Florida and Ohio State before being eliminated by George Washington in the quarterfinals, 82-77.
Arizona State will be taking on Purdue as part of the Jimmy V Classic as well.
Head coach Mike White enters his first full offseason with questions, with replacing senior Dorian Finney-Smith’s production being the main headline. Finney-Smith led the Gators in scoring (14.7 ppg), rebounds (8.3 rpg) and minutes (31.8 mpg).
Sophomore forward Devin Robinson would be one of the options to replace Finney-Smith, but Rothstein also reports that Robinson will be entering the 2016 NBA Draft, but he will not be hiring an agent.
The NCAA recently made rule adjustments, which allow college players to declare for the NBA Draft and participate in the NBA combine. Players are also allowed to participate with one team, and if they don’t hire an agent, players can return to school. Players have until May 25 to remove their names for consideration for the draft.
White gave his thoughts on Robinson’s draft stock during his end of season press conference Monday before the news came out Tuesday that Robinson was indeed declaring for the draft.
“Devin’s got a very high ceiling. He’s very talented,” White said. “I think in the back of everyone’s mind with the new rule, I think most guys at this level are at least somewhat considering it. I don’t know whether he declares or not, but I think we’ll find out soon.”
Robinson averaged nine points per game last season — fifth-best on the team – while grabbing 5.6 rebounds per game and shooting 34 percent from three.
White added he would love to keep coaching Robinson, should he decide to come back for his junior season.
“We certainly would like to see Devin come back, but again, he’ll make the best decision,” White said. “Him and his family and people that know him the best, and care about him the most. … But personally, I’d like to continue coaching him.
“I think he’s got such a high ceiling and I thought he made a very big jump this year. And I think he could make an equally as big if not bigger jump next year.”
Just over ten years ago, the Gators were celebrating its first basketball national championship under future hall of fame and current Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan. Donovan would win another national championship the following year. Fast forward to 2016, the Gators are coming off of 21-15 campaign that ended with a NIT quarterfinals loss to George Washington. According to first year Head Coach Michael White, this year was not up to expectations of the Florida program.
“It’s never a success at the University of Florida, if you don’t go to the NCAA tournament.” White said...
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On Monday Florida Gators basketball head coach Mike White announced that sophomore forward Devin Robinson could test the NBA Draft waters this offseason. The announcement may come as a shock to some, but it’s the right decision for Robinson, and, really, it is the right decision for any college basketball player with NBA Draft dreams.
“I know Devin Robinson had had a chance to go home this weekend so Devin and I will meet this week,” White said Monday. “And of course we have our guys' back relative to those decisions. We just want them to obtain as much information as they can to...
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In the quarter finals of the National Invitational Tournament, the Florida Gators basketball team fell to the George Washington Colonials on the road in Washington D.C. on Wednesday night with a final score of 82-77.
The last time the Gators played the Colonials on the road was in 1939, where they fell 49-36. However, seventy-seven years later the Florida Gators were looking to change that tune.
Florida came out with the first basket of the game from Kasey Hill with a jump shot, yet their lead did not last for long as GW answered with a three-ball just thirty seconds later to lead 3-2....
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In the second round of the NIT tournament, the Florida Gators men’s basketball team defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio with a final score of 74-66 on Sunday afternoon.
The Gators came out of the gate with an early 9-0 start with Dorian Finney-Smith putting up five of those nine points. Florida finally was able to take off with a game and got to an early 12-point lead at 14-2 fewer than five minutes into the first half.
Kasey Hill continued to shine in post-season play, especially after a beautiful reverse layup assisted by Chris Chiozza that put Florida up 22-14. Ohio...
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Coming off of their third consecutive loss, the Florida Gators basketball team (17-12, 8-8 SEC) are heading back to Gainesville, Florida for their last home game of the season to face the no. 16 Kentucky Wildcats (21-8, 11-5 SEC) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
In its recent tailspin, the Gators have been dismissed from most NCAA Tournament bracket projections while the Wildcats are tied with Texas A&M for first place in the Southeastern Conference. The last time the two teams met was on February 6 in Lexington where Kentucky gave Florida a beating ending at 80-61. In that game the Wildcats...
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The Florida Gators men’s basketball team (17-10, 8-6 SEC) is coming back home to Gainesville, Florida to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores (16-11, 8-6 SEC) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
This will be the second matchup of the season between these two teams, and this time the Gators will have the home advantage. Last month the Commodores defeated Florida by just one point at 60-59 in Nashville, Tennessee. In the last four games against Vandy, Florida have only gotten over 60 points once. Yet the Gators are 2-2 in those games, including a 50-47 win the last...
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The Florida Gators men’s basketball team (17-10, 8-6 SEC) took a tough loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks (22-5, 9-5 SEC) in overtime on Saturday afternoon in Columbia, South Carolina at 73-69.
KeVaughn Allen took off with a layup from the tip to give the Gators an early lead, but that did not last for long. The Gamecocks quickly answered to tie up the game at 2, before tying up again at 4 just a minute later.
This left fans thinking they were going to have a close basketball game that would be back-and-forth with the lead. That is until South Carolina took off with a little 5-0 run...
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The Florida Gators men’s basketball team (17-9, 8-5 SEC) battled hard to defeat the Georgia Bulldogs (14-10, 7-6 SEC) for the second time this season, this time on the Dawgs turf in Athens, Georgia on Tuesday night.
Florida managed to take off with an early 4-0 run, building confidence that they could defeat Georgia at home, just like they did last month in Gainesville. However, the Bulldogs came back swinging with a 6-2 run to tie up the game at six with 15:55 to go in the first half.
The game remained close, with the lead bouncing back and forth before tying up again at 18 after a...
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The Florida Gators basketball team (16-9, 7-5 SEC) is hitting the road to Athens, Georgia to take on the Georgia Bulldogs (14-9, 7-5 SEC) on Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m.
This marks the second matchup of the season between these two SEC teams, this time on the Bulldog’s turf. When Georgia made the trip across the state line last month, Florida sent them back home with a loss of 77-63. The Bulldogs are the second of five opponents that the Gators face twice this season. Florida swept Ole Miss and will attempt to do the same vs. Georgia.
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