Battle 4 Atlantis Fastbreak: No. 18 Florida outlasts UAB 56-47, will face No. 5 North Carolina

Another poor shooting performance put No. 18 Florida Gators basketball (3-2) in a tough position on Thursday evening against the UAB Blazers (2-4). However, in the end, Florida used an extensive game-ending scoring stretch to outlast UAB 56-47 in the loser’s bracket of the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis at the Imperial Arena in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Thursday’s action with eight quick-hitters:

It was over when: Trailing by two with four minutes to play, Florida took off with four-straight free throws, a driving layup by sophomore point guard Kasey Hill and a dunk by redshirt junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith (following a block by redshirt senior center Jon Horford) to take a 53-47 lead. The Gators would extend their half-ending run to 11-0 as the Blazers failed to make a field goal (0-for-6) over the final 6:21 of the contest.

Significant stretch: The Gators went 1-for-11 from the field as the Blazers made 6-of-7 shots from the floor and went on a 9-2 run to jump ahead 43-41 with 8:44 left in the game. Florida would retake the lead shortly thereafter, but the run put UAB back in the contest and kept things close most of the second half.

Check out the second half of The Fastbreak…after the break.
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Battle 4 Atlantis Gameday: No. 18 Florida Gators vs. UAB Blazers – Donovan displeased with team


Location: Imperial Arena – Paradise Island, Bahamas [Capacity: 3,500]
Time: 9:30 p.m. EST

TV: AXS TV (Kenny Rice, Seth Davis, Tom Walsh)
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SiriusXM: 91 | Radio: Gator Radio Network Affiliates / Online

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No. 18 FLORIDA GATORS UAB BLAZERS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Jerod Haase
Record: 2-2 Record: 2-3
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Conference USA

Odds: Florida -15 | O/U 123.5

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Battle 4 Atlantis Fastbreak: Georgetown takes down No. 18 Florida 66-65 on late jumper in OT

A fast-paced, back-and-forth overtime period included plenty of ties and lead changes, the last of which was the Georgetown Hoyas (4-0) hitting a late jumper to edge the No. 18 Florida Gators (2-2) in the opening round of the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Arena in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Georgetown pulled off a 66-65 victory by making eight of its last nine field goals starting at 6:36 in the second half and ending with three seconds to play in the contest. Florida moved in to the loser’s bracket following its defeat.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Wednesday’s action with nine quick-hitters:

It was over when (overtime edition, again): After Paul White drained a triple to put Georgetown up four with 2:04 to play, Florida pushed ahead with a 6-1 run including a tip-in layup by redshirt senior center Jon Horford, a dunk and layup by redshirt junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith and a steal by redshirt junior guard Eli Carter (which created Finney-Smith’s layup). A clutch three-pointer by the Hoyas’ L.J. Peak put Georgetown up 64-62 with 30 seconds left, but sophomore point guard Kasey Hill responded out of a timeout by driving the lane and completing an old-school three-point play to push Florida ahead by one. It would not be enough, however, as D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera drained a jumper with three seconds remaining to send Georgetown to a one-point victory.

Prominent players: Smith-Rivera hit 7-of-14 shots for a game-high 17 points despite playing with four fouls in overtime. For the Gators, Finney-Smith led the way with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting even though he only played 28 minutes in the contest. He was also third on Florida’s roster with six rebounds.

Check out the second half of The Fastbreak…after the break.
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Battle 4 Atlantis Gameday: No. 18 Florida Gators vs. Georgetown Hoyas


Location: Imperial Arena – Paradise Island, Bahamas [Capacity: 3,500]
Time: 9:30 p.m. EST

TV: AXS TV (Kenny Rice, Seth Davis, Tom Walsh)
Channels: AT&T U-verse (1106), Cox (199), DirecTV (340), Dish Network (167), Verizon FiOS (569) [Other: Channel Finder]
Streaming Video: None | Mobile Video: None

SiriusXM: 91 | Radio: Gator Radio Network Affiliates / Online

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

No. 18 FLORIDA GATORS GEORGETOWN HOYAS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: John Thompson III
Record: 2-1 Record: 3-0
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Big East

Odds: Florida +1 | O/U 127.5

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Florida’s injured Carter, Finney-Smith travel to Bahamas but questionable for Battle 4 Atlantis

Florida Gators basketball may – or may not – be without two of its best players this week when it participates in the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas beginning on Wednesday.

Redshirt juniors guard Eli Carter (foot sprain) and forward Dorian Finney-Smith (hairline fractures in hand) both traveled with the Gators on Monday though Carter is not cleared to practice and Finney-Smith has been held out of team drills in order to rest his non-shooting hand as much as possible.

“We don’t play until Wednesday. I would say probably, by after our practice Tuesday, I’ll have a really good gauge of where those guys are at. I know that’s tomorrow, but I know right now both of those guys are not really cleared for practice,” head coach Billy Donovan said on Monday.

“My feeling right now going into this is we’re going to basically have the team we had playing against Louisiana-Monroe. That’s how I’m going into it right now, how I’m approaching it.”

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Florida hangs on at No. 18/16 in top 25 polls

The Florida Gators (2-1) remained ranked when the third regular-season editions of the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches’ Poll were released on Monday, despite dropping a home game to unranked Miami last week and being taken to overtime by Louisiana-Monroe on Friday.

Florida, which opened the season at No. 7/7 and moved to No. 8/7 last week, is now ranked No. 18 by AP voters (down 10 spots) and No. 16 by the coaches (down nine spots).

WeekGator BaitRecordAP Top 25USA TodayNCAA RPI
Preseason--No. 7 (1,153)No. 7 (568)-
2W 68-45 vs. William & Mary1-0No. 8 (1,127)No. 7 (560)-
3L 69-67 vs. Miami
W(OT) 61-56 vs. ULM
2-1No. 18 (467)No. 16 (303)-

UF’s 2014-15 opponents in italics. Wins in blue; losses in red.

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25
1-5: Kentucky (62), Arizona/Wisconsin (3), Duke, North Carolina
6-10: Louisville, Texas, Virginia, Wichita State, Gonzaga
11-15: Kansas, Villanova, Iowa State, VCU, San Diego State
16-20: Ohio State, Miami, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State
21-25: West Virginia, UCLA, Creighton, UConn, Arkansas

USA TODAY COACHES’ POLL
1-5: Kentucky (29), Duke, Wisconsin (2), Arizona (1), Louisville
6-10: North Carolina, Virginia, Gonzaga, Texas, Wichita State
11-15: Villanova, Kansas, Iowa State, VCU, San Diego State
16-20: Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami
21-25: Oklahoma, UConn, UCLA, West Virginia, Providence

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Florida G Eli Carter avoids serious foot injury

Florida Gators basketball received some good news Saturday when an MRI revealed that redshirt junior guard Eli Carter, who hurt himself late in practice on Thursday, has suffered a mid-foot sprain and not a dreaded Lisfranc injury.

The school announced the test results Saturday evening.

The second Florida starter dealing with an injury already this season, Carter missed Friday’s game against Louisiana-Monroe and could be seen on the bench with a big boot on his foot. Head coach Billy Donovan announced after the game that X-rays on Carter’s foot were negative for a break, but team doctors wanted to do an MRI to fully diagnose the issue.

“They’re concerned with a Lisfranc, whatever her name is or his name is, it’s the first time I’ve ever heard of Lisfranc,” said Donovan. “They want to look in to, I think, rule that out, or it’s just a mid-foot sprain. If it’s [a Lisfranc], from what I’ve heard, it’s a pretty extensive time he’s going to be off. And if it’s the other one, then they’re hoping 8-10 days. … We’re just hoping that it’s not the other thing.”

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11/21: Pain ahead for Gators, Donovan worried about Carter, Finney-Smith not with team

No. 8 Florida Gators basketball (2-1) needed overtime to edge the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (2-1) on Friday evening at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida. Injuries to a pair of key players depleted Florida’s depth chart, but the Gators were nevertheless able to come from 12 points down to defeat the Warhawks 61-56.

Head coach Billy Donovan met with the media after the game to discuss his high-level concerns about the Florida basketball team and two players who may be out for an extended period of time.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE GATORS?

Florida struggled mightily against Louisiana-Monroe, falling behind by 12 in the first half, needing a 15-0 run just to take a nine-point lead in the second half (despite UF being favored by 21 against ULM), coughing up an eight-point lead with last than two minutes remaining and barely squeaking by the visitors in overtime.

Donovan has repeated week after week that the Gators have a long way to go to be a truly capable and successful team this season, and he stuck with that opinion late Friday.

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