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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew...
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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
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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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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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...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators basketball advances past ETSU
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.
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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What to know: (4) Florida Gators vs. (13) East Tennessee State Buccaneers
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
Read the rest here: Florida Gators vs. East Tennessee State preview: NCAA Tournament First Round
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...
Read the rest here: Getting to know the Florida Gators opponent: East Tennessee State
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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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...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators earn No. 4 seed in NCAA Tournament
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...
Read the rest here: Vanderbilt eliminates Florida Gators basketball from SEC tourny
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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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...
Read the rest here: Mike White discusses Gators All-SEC Honors
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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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...
Read the rest here: Vanderbilt sweeps Florida Gators basketball to end the regular season
What to know: #12 Florida Gators basketball at Vanderbilt
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)
Radio: Gator IMG Sports...
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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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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.
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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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What to know: #12 Florida Gators vs. Arkansas
When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. (ET)
Where: Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla.
Records: Florida (23-6, 13-3 SEC); Arkansas (22-7, 11-5 SEC)
Coaches: Mike White- 44-21 (2nd season at Florida), 145-61 (6th season overall); Mike Anderson- 124-71 (6th season at Arkansas), 324-169 (15th season overall)
Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network
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The Florida Gators nine game winning streak was broken on Saturday in a 76-66 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena. The loss puts the Gators in second place in SEC standings and Kentucky now slides to the top spot.
The first half started off with a stout performance from Gator guard KeVaughn Allen. Allen had 14 points in the first half going 5-8 from the floor and 3-5 from beyond the arc. Allen’s 14 points was followed by Justin Leon who scored 10 points including two big three pointers. It was a back and forth half for the Gators getting out to a convincing lead to start and...
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