Fastbreak: Florida powers past Navy 59-41

Florida Gators basketball (1-0) opened the 2015-16 season Friday by taking down the Navy Midshipmen (0-1) in the Veterans Classic at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Maryland.

With the 59-41 victory, the Gators won their first game under new head coach Mike White in what was the team’s first road season opener since 2000-01.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Friday’s season opener with seven quick-hitters:

It was over when: Redshirt freshman guard Brandone Francis-Ramirez drained the first three-pointer of his career to put Florida up 40-26 with just over 11 minutes to play. The Gators used a 9-0 run to take a 17-point lead shortly thereafter and held on to their sizable advantage – pushing it as high as 20 – for the duration of the contest. Ramirez made 2-of-6 shots with five point sand three rebounds in his first game.

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Gameday – Florida Gators at Navy: Basketball opens 2015-16 season in Veterans Classic

Florida Gators basketball begins its 2015-16 season Friday night when it participates in the Veterans Classic and takes on the Navy Midshipmen in Annapolis, Maryland.

Here’s a look ahead at Friday’s game and the start of the team’s first season under new head coach Mike White: what to know and how to watch Florida-Navy.

Viewing information

Event: Veterans Classic
Location: Alumni Hall – Annapolis, Maryland [Capacity: 5,710]

Time: 9:30 p.m. EST
TV: CBS Sports Network (Tom McCarthy, Steve Lappas, Lauren Gardner)
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Streaming Video: None | Mobile Video: None
SiriusXM: 132/190 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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Florida Gators F Alex Murphy to miss 4-6 weeks with foot injury

An injury suffered in an exhibition game has cost the Florida Gators one of their few experienced players as redshirt senior forward Alex Murphy will miss 4-6 weeks after partially tearing his plantar fascia, the school announced Friday.


Murphy suffered the injury in the first half of Thursday’s 89-42 win over Palm Beach Atlantic. An MRI conducted Friday revealed the injury, which should keep him out of action through the majority of Florida’s nonconference slate as the Gators start the 2015-16 season on Nov. 13 against Navy in Annapolis, Maryland. 

Though Murphy was a reserve Thursday and is expected to come off the bench most of the season for Florida, he is one of a handful of players that actually suited up for the Gators last season when he averaged 5.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. 

Murphy will likely be placed in a boot for the duration of his recovery as it is a non-weightbearing injury. Barring a need for a minor repair, surgery is not usually required. 

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Florida Gators basketball wins exhibition 89-42: The good, the bad and the ugly

Florida Gators basketball took the court for the first time under new head coach Mike White and made quick work of the Division II Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish. Florida won Thursday night’s exhibition game 89-42, but the Gators left the Stephen C. O’Connell Center with plenty to work on before it kicks off the 2015-16 regular season against Navy on Nov. 13.

OnlyGators.com is here to break down the good, the bad and the ugly from Thursday’s “frantic” victory. And while there was plenty of good in the exhibition, Florida certainly has its share of ugly to work on.

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Florida Gators 2015-16 exhibition: What to know, how to watch on TV, live stream online

Florida Gators basketball, which will begin the 2015-16 season unranked, will take the court for the first time under new head coach Mike White on Thursday night in an exhibition game against the Division II Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

The Gators have been looking forward to playing real basketball for quite some time, and following a “secret scrimmage” against Central Florida over the weekend, everyone is ready and raring to go for the contest. “It’s an exciting week to get started for the staff and I, but I’m sure a lot more exciting for our players, especially our seniors,” White said Wednesday. “It’s been a long preseason. We’ve put in a lot of time and work and energy. I know our guys have been chomping at the bit for probably more than 2-3 weeks now to play someone else.”

Here’s a look ahead at Thursday night’s exhibition game: what to know and how to watch Florida-Palm Beach Atlantic.

Viewing information

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 11,548]
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: None

Streaming Video: SEC Network+ | Mobile Video: WatchESPN app (iPhone) / (Android)
SiriusXM: None | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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Florida Gators C Schuyler Rimmer granted immediate eligibility by NCAA

Florida Gators walk-on center Schuyler Rimmer, a midseason transfer last year who was not scheduled to be cleared for action until the spring semester, announced Friday that he has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA.

“The wait is over!! So thankful that the NCAA has granted me immediate eligibility!” Rimmer tweeted. Can’t wait for the season to start! Go Gators!”

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Florida basketball: Gators begin practice under Mike White with positive early returns

With one week to go until Florida Gators basketball begins its ramp up to the 2015-16 season with a secret scrimmage against the UCF Knights – and three until the official start of the campaign – new head coach Mike White has been working with his team to get it prepared for what should be a challenging next few months.

During the month of October, White has spoken at length about progress he has seen from the Gators during practice and what some of his early expectations are for Florida ahead of the season.

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2016 PF Dontay Bassett commits to Florida

Florida Gators basketball added its second commitment under new head coach Mike White as three-star power forward Dontay Bassett (Oldsmar, FL) pledged to join the program ahead of the 2016 season.

“I’m proud to say I’m committed to the University of Florida,” he wrote on his Twitter account early Monday night.

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