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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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Offensive explosion leads Florida Gators softball to 15-7 win

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

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Johnson excited about future of Florida Gators basketball

Versatility and size are two attributes that come in handy in the game of basketball. A combination of both makes for a dangerous player. Florida is getting a guy with both in class of 2017 forward Chase Johnson. The 6’8 big man from Huntington Prep in West Virginia will be bringing a unique skill set to Gainesville.

The way Johnson loves to play is the same way that the Gators look to play. Johnson wants to run the floor and make plays. The ability to shoot the ball well from distance makes him difficult to guard.

“I like to get up and down the floor. I feel that I’m really...

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Stevenson has UF as his leader: Florida Gators recruiting

An interesting thing for the Florida Gators recruiting classes is that the 2019 class has the exact same amount of commits as the 2018 class does.

This speaks volumes to the way Jim McElwain and his staff have continued to recruit players earlier in the process.

On Saturday, the Gators hosted several 2019 prospects on campus including defensive back Tyrique Stevenson (6-0, 175, Homestead, FL. South Dade) who enjoyed his visit.

“It was a great visit, I loved it up there,” Stevenson said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “We visited the locker room, we went to practice and...

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Jachai Polite Could be Florida Gators Next Great Lineman

Could sophomore Jachai Polite be the next great Florida Gators defensive tackle?

Yes. That’s it. Thanks for reading!

No, but seriously, he could.

The sophomore defensive tackle from Daytona Beach, Fla. came to the University of Florida has an unheralded, or rather under-reported on, recruit. A three-star out of Mainland High School, Polite committed in November of his senior year over schools like Southern California, Missouri, and Georgia Tech. He was expected to potentially contribute in a few years, but not earlier. He was expected to be a quicker than normal defensive tackle,...

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Rivera blasts Florida Gators past FSU, 4-1

JACKSONVILLE — Mike Rivera entered Tuesday night’s game hitting just .234. The junior catcher had struggled at the plate all season but stepped up to the plate in the first inning with an opportunity to break the game open.

Rivera worked the count to 2-2 and got a changeup from Florida State starter Andrew Karp. Rivera waited back and hit the ball high to left field, carrying over the wall and into the waiting arms of a young fan to give Florida a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, leading the Gators’ path to a 4-1 win.

“I did watch it,” Rivera said with a laugh. “Usually if...

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Burney experiences a different visit to the Florida Gators

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain talked about how big of a Saturday it was for the Gators to host so many prospects on campus at his Monday press conference. McElwain said the Gators even added in some stuff at practice for prospects to see and that included athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) who got to see some of the new coaches for the first time.

“It went great, it was a different experience from the last few times I’ve been there,” Burney said of Saturday’s visit. “Finally getting to a practice, I had never been to one before. Just...

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A dream come true for DB Thomas: Florida Gators recruiting

Several prospects picked up offers for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 on Saturday during the Gators junior day and that included one instate prospects.

Defensive back Juanyeh Thomas (6-2, 182, Niceville, FL. High) was one of those guys and he liked watching the Gators practice.

“It was great, I loved the facilities and I love the coaches,” Thomas said of the visit to Florida on Saturday. “The best part of it all was practice. I love the field tempo of their practices. We got to do a lot, though; we toured the facilities, went on the game field and then watched...

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Newbauer hired as Florida Gators women’s basketball coach

Special report on the Florida Gators women's basketball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Cameron Newbauer will be the 10th head coach of the University of Florida women's basketball program, Athletics Director Scott Stricklin announced Monday.

Newbauer (38), spent the previous four seasons as head coach at Belmont University, located in Nashville, Tennessee. Under Newbauer, the Bruins reached the postseason three times, including NCAA Tournament berths the last two seasons.

Belmont won 35 of its last 36 games against Ohio Valley Conference opponents - a run that included league tournament...

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Florida Gators Pro Day preview

The NFL will descend on Gainesville Tuesday for the Florida Gators Pro Day.

Florida, once again, is loaded with talent and representatives are expected to be in attendance from all 32 NFL organizations. The Gators had eight players invited to the NFL Combine last month, including five juniors that declared early for the draft.

“I’m really excited for our guys to go get in front of those scouts again for some of them and first time for others, and have an opportunity to put on a good show for that,” McElwain said. “There are going to be tons of people here, everything from NFL...

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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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Seventh inning rally pushes Florida Gators softball past AU

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It came down to the final at-bat and aggressive base running as junior Nicole DeWitt provided a walk-off single to complete the comeback and give the No. 2-ranked University of Florida softball team a 4-3 win over No. 4 Auburn in the initial game of the series Saturday, March 25 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

Alex Voss scored the tying run from second base while redshirt-freshman Sophia Reynoso raced home from first base for the go-ahead run. DeWitt’s game-winning single hit off the outstretched glove of...

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Brady Singer goes the distance, Gators take series over LSU

Brady Singer is already being looked at as a potential first round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Saturday he showed it, throwing his first career complete game as the No. 12 Florida Gators (16-8, 2-3 SEC) beat No. 5 LSU (17-7, 3-2 SEC) 8-1 on Saturday.

Singer (3-1, 1.58) was dominant, holding the SEC’s second-best offense to just six hits. LSU manager Paul Mainieri has seen some great pitchers during his 10 years at LSU and more than 30 years coaching at the college level.

“I now know what it feels like for other teams that played against Aaron Nola,” Mainieri said of his former...

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Florida Gators lacrosse takes down no.13 Denver

Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Florida women's lacrosse team (8-1, 2-0) took down the No. 13 Denver Pioneers (7-2, 1-1), 15-8 on Saturday afternoon to extend their winning streak to eight games.

The 15 goals scored by the Gators were the most Denver had allowed in a game all season. Entering today's tilt, the Pioneers ranked seventh in the NCAA in only allowing 7.75 goals per game, with a season high of just 10.

Florida used a 9-1 run stretching over 21 minutes of game action to take command of the game after being in a 2-2...

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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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Florida Gators win pitching duel, shutout LSU

Deacon Liput put his right foot on third base and put his head down waiting for Craig Bell to tell him when to run. JJ Schwarz’s (0-3) fly ball was held up by the wind but deep enough to plate Liput from third, giving the Florida Gators (15-8, 1-3 SEC) a 1-0 lead over LSU (17-6, 3-1 SEC)that they wouldn’t relinquish.

Dozens of MLB scouts flocked to Gainesville on Saturday night with a blockbuster pitching matchup between two projected first round picks in Alex Faedo (4-1) and Alex Lange (3-2). The pair pitched with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team over the summer where they...

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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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Florida Gators softball shuts out USF at home

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Behind a two-hit shutout thrown by junior Aleshia Ocasio (5-0), the No. 2-ranked University of Florida softball team downed USF 8-0 Wednesday, March 22, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Today’s afternoon matchup was the second contest between the two squads this season.

The Gators (27-1, 5-0 SEC) recorded their 19th shutout of the season behind solid pitching and a hardworking defense. The offense continued to roll as the team also recorded its third-straight and 11th run-rule victory of the year.

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Manuel likes the Orange and Blue after Florida Gators visit

The Florida Gators have had a lot of prospects on campus for spring practice over the last two weeks and several of those guys have been underclassmen players.

One of those underclassmen was 2020 receiver Leonard Manuel (6-4, 205, Ocala, FL. Vanguard) who visited campus last week.

“It went good,” Manuel said. “We got to watch the practice and after the practice, we got to meet the head coach. After that, they toured us around the field and we got to try on the jerseys.”

While on campus the receiver got to talk to several coaches including his area recruiter Greg Nord who had a...

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Florida Gators gymnastics to host NCAA regional

Special report on the Florida Gators gymnastics team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla.  - The six-team field for the 2017 Gainesville Regional Gymnastics Championships was revealed today. The NCAA Gymnastics Committee unveiled the fields for each of the six 2017 NCAA Region Championships sites Monday afternoon.

NCAA Gainesville Regional competition is set for Saturday, April 1 at 4 p.m. ET in the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center

The field for the NCAA Gainesville Gymnastics Regional includes No. 3 Florida, No. 10 Georgia, No. 15 Missouri, No. 30 New Hampshire No. 33 Penn State and...

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Recapping the Florida Gators softball sweep of South Carolina

GatorCountry.com brings you this week’s Florida Gators softball review as the Gators finished the week with a perfect 4-0 record. In this recap, we will break down the past week’s games, plus name a player of the week from the past week.

The Gators went on the road to South Carolina this weekend and swept the series while only allowing one run and also won a midweek game against North Dakota State.

Florida is now 26-1 on the year and head home for the next five games including a weekend SEC series.

Results

Florida defeated North Dakota State 13-0 –...

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Florida Gators softball no-hits South Carolina for the sweep

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Delanie Gourley and Aleshia Ocasio linked up for the fifth combined no-hitter in Florida softball history during a 10-0 rout over five innings to complete the sweet over South Carolina Sunday, March 19, at Beckham field. Gourley (11-1) threw four-complete innings while Ocasio took over in the circle to finish the final inning of play.

The Gators (26-1, 5-0...

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Florida Gators Basketball Sweet 16 bound with Virginia Win

The Florida Gators were clicking on all cylinders in Saturday’s 65-39 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Virginia’s elite defense was the biggest storyline coming into the game, but in the end, Florida’s defense got the last laugh. It was the Cavaliers’ lowest point total since scoring 38 against Wisconsin in 2013 and the fewest points allowed by Florida since 2014.
The Cavaliers held four teams under 40 points this season, so the Gators made sure to return the favor.
After a slow start, Florida trailed Virginia 13-11 with 11:42...

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Offense powers Florida Gators softball past South Carolina

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of Florida softball program clinched its 10th straight three-game series over the University of South Carolina with a 13-1 decision in five innings during the second game of the three-game series on Saturday, March 18, at Beckham Field. In 2007 & 2008, the Gators and the Gamecocks played doubleheaders during the midweek between conference weekends.

The Gators (25-1, 4-0 SEC) tallied 13 runs on nine hits while Gamecocks (19-9, 1-4 SEC) managed one run on just two...

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Florida Gators lacrosse blows out UConn on the road

Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:

STORRS, CT. - The University of Florida women's lacrosse team (7-1) passed its first BIG EAST Conference game test with ease on Saturday, topping the UConn Huskies (3-5), 20-10.

A pair of seven point performances from sophomore attacker Lindsey Ronbeck (five goals, two assists) and senior attacker Mollie Stevens (five goals, two assists) led the No. 3 Gators. Stevens added five draw controls to bring her season total to 49.

The game was a back-and-forth affair for most of the afternoon, until the Gators went on an 8-2 run in the...

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Florida Gators waste good start from Singer, drop series

The Friday night pitching showcase was pushed back a day, apparently, with two right-handed sophomores besting hitters at Plainsman Park on Saturday afternoon.

It was Casey Mize (3-0, 0.30 ERA) that got the best of Brady Singer (2-1, 1.74 ERA), although batters on both teams will be glad they don’t have to face these two again. Auburn (16-5, 2-0 SEC) beat the Gators 2-1, taking the series. It’s the first time the Florida Gators (13-7, 0-2 SEC) have lost the opening conference series since 2013. That Florida team lost two-of-three to Kentucky and finished the season 29-30.

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Florida Gators handed 14-3 wakeup call at Auburn

Alex Faedo walked just seven batters in 26.1 innings entering the SEC opener at Auburn. He walked six over a forgetful four-plus innings of work in a 14-3 loss to the Auburn Tigers ( on Friday night.

A pitching duel between two Friday night aces turned into a lopsided affair with the Tigers posting season-high for runs (14) and posted its largest winning margin of the season.

Faedo (3-1, 2.93 ERA) entered the game with 21.2 consecutive scoreless innings. The junior, who is projected as a high-end first round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, was off his game and the Auburn batters made him pay...

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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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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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