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Devin Robinson declares for NBA Draft

Devin Robinson announced his decision to forgo his senior season with the Florida Gators basketball team via a message posted on his Instagram and Twitter accounts Friday.

Thank you Gator Nation for all of your support! I will forever and always be a Gator! 🐊 pic.twitter.com/Kc6FNDXiAo

— Devin Robinson (@drobbb3) April 14, 2017
"This decision was not easy for me; in fact, it was one of the hardest decisions I have ever faced," Robinson wrote. "I will be leaving a...

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White looks ahead to next Florida Gators basketball season

College basketball season officially ended Monday night, and the way-too-early preseason basketball rankings are already starting to come out. Coming off a run to the Elite Eight in the 2016-17 season, Florida is highly regarded in most of those polls.

While it is nice for the program to finally get a little recognition, a poll in early April means next to nothing. Mike White, who is headed into his third year at the helm of the Florida Gators basketball program, could not care less what anyone thinks they know about a season that is seven months away.

“First off, I would wait and see...

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Florida Gators basketball moving on after Kentucky loss

After winning nine consecutive games, the Florida Gators finally dropped one on Saturday at Kentucky. Along with having the streak snapped by its biggest conference rival, Florida also fell out of the first place spot in the SEC with just two more games to play in the regular season.

The loss was a lot to take in, but now the Gators must move on from it quickly to be ready for a tough week ahead. So far, Mike White is pleased with the response his team has made in the days since returning from Lexington.

“You know I was really impressed with our guys yesterday,” White said. “It...

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Florida Gators basketball heading into tough week: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we look at the Florida Gators basketball team's tough week ahead as they compete for the SEC championship.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what the Gators must do this week, plus how they did against Mississippi State over the weekend.

Andrew and Nick also recap how the Gators did on the baseball and softball field this past weekend at home in Gainesville.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, good weekend on the diamond...

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Florida Gators basketball looking for answers in Egbunu’s absence

The Florida Gators basketball team finds themselves in a very familiar situation right now, having to close out the season without their starting center for the second year in a row.

Only this season, the stakes are much higher. Florida is a lock for the NCAA Tournament and is in the running for a top finish in the SEC. When the news came out that John Egbunu would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL suffered at Auburn, the dreams of a strong finish to the season became much harder to reach.

“It’s two seasons in a row when he can’t finish the season with his teammates,”...

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Egbunu to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL

The Florida Gators will be without redshirt junior John Egbunu for the rest of the season after a MRI revealed he suffered a torn ACL in a win over Auburn.

Egbunu was injured on Tuesday night during the Florida Gators game against Auburn and was unable to return to the game but underwent an MRI on Wednesday.

The Gators will now be tasked with replacing Egbunu who was averaging 22 minutes a game while scoring 7.8 points per game. The biggest place Florida will miss Egbunu is on the defensive side of the ball. The big man was averaging 6.6 rebounds a game and had already racked...

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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 basketball preview for Auburn game

What to know: #15 Florida Gators basketball at Auburn Tigers

Game Information

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 7 p.m. (ET)

Where: Auburn Arena, Auburn, Ala.

Records: Florida (20-5, 10-2 SEC); Auburn (16-9, 5-7 SEC)

Coaches: Mike White- 41-20 (2nd season at Florida), 142-60 (6th season overall); Bruce Pearl- 42-49 (3rd season at Auburn), 504-214 (22nd season overall)

TV: SEC Network

Streaming: WatchESPN

Radio: Gator IMG Sports...

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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 with a tough win against Texas A&M

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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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 photo gallery from Kentucky game

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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Florida Gators basketball routes Kentucky at home

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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Florida Gators basketball preview for the LSU game

What to know: #25 Florida Gators basketball at LSU Tigers

Game Information

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 9 p.m. (ET)

Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, La.

Records: Florida (14-5, 5-2 SEC); LSU (9-9, 1-6 SEC)

Coaches: Mike White- 35-20 (2nd season at Florida), 136-60 (6th season overall); Johnny Jones- 89-60 (6th season at LSU), 294-222 (17th season overall)

TV: SEC Network

Streaming: WatchESPN

Radio: Gator IMG...

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Depth and experience a deciding factor for Florida Gators basketball

Depth and experience have been the difference between victory and defeat on several occasions for Florida Gators basketball this season. This team is filled with guys who might not start for Florida, but would have potential to start for teams around the country. With that kind of depth, it means any player could go off and be the player of the game on any night.

Most recently, Keith Stone and Canyon Barry were those guys. On a night that KeVaughn Allen and other top offensive players weren’t clicking offensively or getting open looks, Stone (14) and Barry (13) stepped in to score...

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Mike White ready to build off introductory season

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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Florida Gators basketball defeats Arkansas 68-61

In their first game of the SEC tournament against the Arkansas Razorbacks, the Florida Gators men’s basketball team took a 68-61 win and will continue on in the tournament.

The first half moved at a glacial pace as the first basket was not made until three minutes into the game. It did not pick up much from there as two more minutes passed and the score stood at just 4-2 in favor of Arkansas with 15:21 to go in the first half.

It wasn’t until after the first media timeout that Arkansas was able to come out with a quick slam-dunk by Moses Kingsley, which prompted Gator head coach Mike...

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Florida Gators basketball ends its losing streak with a win

The Florida Gators basketball team ended their regular season on a high note with a win on Saturday evening over the Missouri Tigers. UF hit the ground running to pull together a road win with a final score of 82-72 that snapped a four-game losing streak.

In the first few minutes of the game, neither team could buy a basket. It wasn’t until 18:29 when the Gators took the lead with back-to-back baskets from Dorian Finney-Smith and John Egbunu. This start helped fuel a game with energy we have not seen from Florida in a while – especially on the defense. The Gators had five blocks...

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Basketball: Florida Gators on NCAA Tournament bubble after 3-game losing streak

Florida’s worst stretch of the season came at a bad time.

Chris Chiozza #11 of the Florida Gators is defended by Tim Quarterman #55 of the LSU Tigers during the second half of the game at Stephen C. O'Connell Center on January 9, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Chris Chiozza #11 of the Florida Gators is defended by Tim Quarterman #55 of the LSU Tigers during the second half of the game at Stephen C. O’Connell Center on January 9, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

With just two games remaining in the regular season, the Gators are trying to snap a three-game losing skid. Can Florida turn it around this week before the start of the SEC Tournament?

Here’s where the Gators stand entering the week:

Record: (17-12, 8-8 SEC)

Ranking: Not ranked in AP poll or coaches poll.

RPI: No. 45, dropped 13 spots from last week (According to NCAA.com)

Bracketology: Projected to make NCAA Tournament as part of play-in game as No. 11 seed, according to the most recent bracket from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.

Past 7 days: It wasn’t a good week for the Gators. Florida dropped both of its games last week despite desperately needing wins to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes intact. The Gators started the week off with a disappointing 87-74 home loss to Vanderbilt on Tuesday. Defense was an issue for Florida, as the Commodores shot 57.7 percent in the game. Those struggles continued in a 96-91 road loss to LSU on Saturday to extend Florida’s losing streak to three at a crucial point in the season.  Those 96 points are the most the Gators have allowed since giving up 104 points in a loss to Tennessee in 2008. How bad was it? Florida shot 55 percent from the field and got a career-high 22 points from center John Egbunu and still lost to LSU. After starting the season with a 15-7 record, the Gators are 2-5 over their past seven games.

Next 7 days: Despite Florida’s recent struggles, the Gators still have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament with improved play this week. Florida will get a chance to earn a quality win in a home game against No. 22 Kentucky (21-8) on Tuesday (7 p.m., ESPN). It didn’t go well the last time the Gators took on the Wildcats. Kentucky defeated Florida 80-61 on Feb. 6. The Gators will close out the regular season with a road game against Missouri (10-19) on Saturday (7:30 p.m., SEC Network). The Tigers have dropped 12 of their past 14 games and are at the bottom of the SEC standings. Florida hasn’t taken on Missouri yet this season. Kentucky is ranked No. 15 and Missouri is ranked No. 210 in the RPI.

Florida Gators Basketball looking for a dance card

Written by Kevin Camps: 

With the win over Georgia in Athens, the Florida Gators basketball team have surpassed their win total from the previous year and remain in good position to get back into the NCAA tournament field. In a gritty performance the Gators pulled out a game we probably didn’t think they could win. After the disappointing loss at home Saturday against Alabama the Gators needed a strong performance on the road to get things back on track.

If not for the young freshman KeVaughn Allen getting hot in the second half, scoring 14 of his 19 points in the second...

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Florida Gators basketball look to rebound at Georgia Bulldogs

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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Alabama beats Florida Gators basketball at home

The Florida Gators basketball team fell to the Alabama Crimson Tide at 61-55 on Saturday evening in Gainesville, Florida.

It was a close basketball game from the tip, aside from Alabama’s first half-high lead of 6 points at 8-2 with 15:38 on the clock. Both teams were shooting horrendously, but the Gators were struggling with ball movement and shot selection as they let the Crimson Tide start off with the lead.

That’s when KeVaughn Allen decided to take matters into his own hands. He put up a beautiful shot from downtown and a reverse layup to tie up the game at 8 with 12:27 to go in...

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Florida Gators out-shoot Ole Miss to a 77-72 win

The Florida Gators men’s basketball team (16-8, 7-4 SEC) beat the Ole Miss Rebels (15-9, 5-6 SEC) at 77-72 on Tuesday night at home in Gainesville, Florida in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

From the tip both teams were battling hard for the ball and baskets went back-and-forth, resulting in the game getting tied up three times in the first seven minutes. It was hard to see which team would take off with the momentum.

That is until Florida decided the third time was the charm to take off with the lead from the tied up game at 9 with 13:55 to go in the half. Dorian Finney-Smith and...

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Basketball: Florida Gators projected to make NCAA Tournament as No. 7 seed in latest mock bracket

The NCAA Tournament is near.

Kasey Hill #0 of the Florida Gators dunks the ball during the first half of the game against the LSU Tigers at Stephen C. O'Connell Center on January 9, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Kasey Hill #0 of the Florida Gators dunks the ball during the first half of the game against the LSU Tigers at Stephen C. O’Connell Center on January 9, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Well, not that near. But the Gators only have eight regular-season games remaining before the start of the Southeastern Conference tournament, which leads into the NCAA Tournament.

As of now, Florida is expected to make the “big dance.” Here’s where the Gators stand:

Record: (15-8, 6-4 SEC)

Ranking: Not ranked in AP poll or coaches poll.

RPI: No. 21 (According to NCAA.com)

Bracketology: Projected to make NCAA Tournament as No. 7 seed, according to the most recent bracket from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.

Past 7 days: The Gators had an up-and-down week. It started with a 87-83 home win over Arkansas on Wednesday. Forward Dorian Finney-Smith led the way for the Gators in the victory with a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds. But Florida had its two-game winning streak snapped with a lopsided 80-61 loss at Kentucky on Saturday. The Gators missed a big opportunity for another statement win that would have likely propelled them into the top 25. Florida’s frontline of John Egbunu and Finney-Smith combined to score 36 points in the loss, but the rest of the team combined for just 25 points. That wasn’t enough to even make it close against a hot-shooting Kentucky team, which made 51.7 percent of its shots against the Gators.

Next 7 days: Florida doesn’t play any ranked teams this week, but the Gators will still be tested. Both of Florida’s games this week come at home  — vs. Ole Miss (Tuesday, 9 p.m., ESPNU) and vs. Alabama (Saturday, 5:30 p.m., SEC Network). The Gators already defeated the Rebels 80-71 in Oxford, Miss. on Jan. 16, but they have not faced the Crimson Tide yet this season. Florida did face Alabama two times last season, defeating the Crimson Tide 52-50 in Tuscaloosa in the regular season and defeating the Crimson Tide 69-61 in the SEC Tournament. Florida will likely be favored to win both of its games this week, but Ole Miss (15-8) and Alabama (13-9) come to Gainesville with winning records. The Rebels are led by senior guard Stefan Moody, who leads the SEC and ranks seventh nationally with 23.5 points per game this season. Alabama is led by senior guard Retin Obasohan, who is averaging a team-high 16 points per game. Ole Miss is ranked No. 85 and Alabama is ranked No. 57 in the RPI.

Multiple facets create a winning performance for Florida Gators basketball

When the Florida Gators basketball team left the Stephen C. O’Connell Center court after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 87-83 on Wednesday night, head coach Mike White needed a minute to catch his breath back.

“Last minute of the game I feel like I aged a year. [Arkansas] would not go away. They were incredible offensively.”

The last surge by the Razorbacks though was just one part of a game with many facets. This mid-week matchup provided the Gators with multiple story lines coming out of the game, and future opponents more to worry about in the scouting report.

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Florida Gators basketball win nail biter over Arkansas Razorbacks

The Florida Gators basketball team (15-7, 6-3 SEC) narrowly defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks (11-11, 4-5 SEC) at 87-83 on Wednesday night in Gainesville, Florida.

Despite the Gators making the first basket of the game, the Razorbacks quickly took charge. Arkansas went on a 7-2 run in the first two minutes of the game.

Florida was able to get back in the game, taking the lead by one point at 8-7 with 15:15 left in the half. From there the score went back and forth until the Gators were able to pull away with a three-ball from Dorian Finney-Smith, giving them a lead of 17-11 with 11:30 to...

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Florida Gators basketball drop Mountaineers at their own game

“Hey! Hey hey hey-O!!! Hey!”

The incessant chatter was coming from a West Virginia Mountaineers defender as he stayed in the face of Florida Gators basketball forward Devin Robinson. The Gators sophomore was looking for his options on an inbound pass in the first half of Florida’s win over WVU and the Mountaineers legendary press was doing its best to work its magic.

Finding a break in the maddening arm waving though, Robinson threw in a pass and the Gators got back into play.

That was par for the course throughout the game.

“I got hit in the nose, then elbow,” explained...

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Florida Gators basketball defeats West Virginia

Emotions ran high from the start as the Florida Gators basketball team defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers 88-71 on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville.

Before the game even tipped off, competition was starting at midcourt when some pushing and shoving between the two teams led into the National Anthem.

Emotions stayed high as center John Egbunu won the tip off and Dorian Finney-Smith hit a 3 just 11 seconds into the game. It gave Florida a lead that they wouldn’t give up.

The Mountaineers were able to follow quickly with a layup to make it a one-point game—the closest they...

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Florida Gators basketball takes another twist with loss to Vandy

The Florida Gators basketball team has taken Gator Nation on a roller coaster ride of a season, and it took another twist on Tuesday night in Nashville versus the Vanderbilt Commodores. In fact the game itself, which saw Florida lose 60-59, was filled with its own set of twists and turns.

The Gators came riding in hot off a three game winning streak; much like the slow ascent that builds the excitement and anticipation before dropping the cars down a steep decline and then whipping back around like a snake without a head before beginning it’s next series of moves on the track.

The...

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Florida Gators basketball loses close one at Vanderbilt

The Florida Gators basketball team (13-7, 5-3 SEC) took a tough loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores — snapping a three-game winning streak — on Tuesday night in Nashville, Tennessee at 59-60.

It took a few minutes for points to get on the board, but Vanderbilt’s Damian Jones gave the Commodores its first lead of the game with a layup with 18:46 left in the half. From there, it looked as if it would be back-and-forth play for a close game as the Gators came back with a free throw from Justin Leon and a tip-in from Dorian Finney-Smith to get a 3-2 lead.

After the Gators gained the...

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