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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

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Catching up with Florida Gators basketball commit Okauru

Coach Mike White and the Florida Gators coaching staff did a great job putting together the 2017 recruiting class. A key member of the class is Raleigh, North Carolina native Michael Okauru. The 6’3 185lb point guard decided to attend Brewster Academy in New Hampshire for his senior season to help elevate his game

A staple in Okauru’s game is pushing the ball in transition and looking to make things happen for his teammates.

“I am an up-tempo guard who likes to push the ball in transition and get my teammates involved," Okauru said. "I just try to do everything that it takes to...

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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.

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Jim McElwain using Florida basketball as example for football

Jim McElwain is a basketball nut, something he’s never tried to hide, so you can imagine his excitement during March Madness.

In his first press conference in a week, McElwain opened up talking about how excited he was for Mike White and the Florida Gators basketball team, as well as how well the SEC has done in the tournament.

Mac is a fan, he’s going to watch as much college hoops as he can, but he is also using what White and the men’s basketball team is doing as a teaching tool for his team.

“My hat's off to how our guys are playing. Mike's got those guys playing...

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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

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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.

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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 eliminates Florida Gators basketball from SEC tourny

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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Florida Gators basketball refocused for the SEC Tournament

The Florida Gators have moved on from a disappointing end to the regular season at Vanderbilt and are now focused on one thing: winning the SEC Tournament. Florida took two days off from practice following Saturday’s loss to Vanderbilt and is now refreshed and ready to possibly take on the same team for the second time in less than a week.

The first time the Gators dropped a game to the Commodores, a long team meeting was called and it set Florida on pace for a nine-game winning streak. Mike White decided it was appropriate to do so again on Monday after watching his team lose two of its...

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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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Recapping the Florida Gators first week of spring: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we recap the first week of spring practice for the Florida Gators as they practiced twice before spring break.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down how practice went, who looked good and how the new coaches were doing around the team.

Andrew and Nick also break down the Florida Gators basketball team heading into the SEC tournament and recap the weekend for the diamond sports teams.

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Vanderbilt sweeps Florida Gators basketball to end the regular season

Vanderbilt is one of the only teams that has just seemed to have Florida’s number this season. The disappointing 73-71 loss on the road made Vanderbilt the only team to sweep the Gators this season and the only SEC opponent Florida has not beaten at least once in two years under Mike White.

From the mid-point of the first half all the way to the five-minute mark in the second, Florida held control of the game, keeping a lead that amounted to as many as 12 points in the second half. The Commodores would trail the Gators until a 16-7 run sparked a Vanderbilt comeback, slowly dwindling...

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Florida Gators basketball falls to Vanderbilt on the road

The No. 12 Florida Gators basketball team were defeated by the Vanderbilt Commodores (17-15, 10-8 SEC) 73-71 and fall to 24-7 (14-4 SEC).

In the first half, the Gators’ offense, led by KeVaughn Allen, was off to a hot start. Allen had 13 points in the first half and went 2-4 from beyond the arc. Vanderbilt didn't let Florida run away with the game like it would have liked to, scratching back to be only down nine at half after a Devin Robinson turnaround jumper went in to end the half. Florida carried a 40-31 lead at half shooting just over 51 percent compared to the Commodores 40...

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Florida Gators basketball preview for Vanderbilt game

What to know: #12 Florida Gators basketball at Vanderbilt

Game Information

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 2 p.m. (ET)

Where: Memorial Gym, Nashville, Tenn.

Records: Florida (24-6, 14-3 SEC); Vanderbilt (16-14, 9-8 SEC)

Coaches: Mike White- 45-21 (2nd season at Florida), 146-61 (6th season overall); Bryce Drew- 16-14 (1st season at Vanderbilt), 140-63 (6th season overall)

TV: ESPN

Streaming: WatchESPN

Radio: Gator IMG Sports...

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Florida Gators basketball looks to finish regular season strong

The regular season for the 2016-17 Florida Gators basketball team has nearly reached its end. With just one more game left, Florida looks to go out on a high note and build some momentum leading up to the SEC Tournament.

The Gators are searching for redemption, traveling to Vanderbilt for a rematch with one of just six teams to hand them a loss this season. Florida was at its lowest point in the season when it lost to the Commodores 68-66 at home before setting out on a nine-game winning streak.

“Yeah, I kind of feel like we owe them one,” said guard Canyon Barry. “Obviously, at...

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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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