Fastbreak: Florida Gators power way to tough 72-70 win over Oklahoma State

Florida Gators basketball (7-3) avoided a three-game losing streak with a thin 72-70 victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-4) on Saturday evening in the 2015 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Having previously lost to the three best teams it faced this season, Florida earned an important win over an Oklahoma State team that, while it may not be to the level of UF’s previous opponents, is still a Power Five conference squad. The Gators showed improvement offensively and are now 15-2 all-time in the OBBC with six-straight victories.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Saturday’s win with nine quick-hitters:

It was over when: Despite leading by 10 with less than seven minutes to play (see below), Florida allowed Oklahoma State to jump right back in the contest as the Cowboys began hacking Gators redshirt sophomore center John Egbunu, who went 1-for-4 from the charity stripe down the stretch and finished 2-of-9 from the line for the game. A late OSU trey cut UF’s lead to two with a couple seconds left before an inbounds ended the game.

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Gameday – Florida Gators vs. Oklahoma State: What to know, how to watch live, game picks

Florida Gators basketball has struggled against the three ranked teams it faced this season but will visit a friendly venue Saturday when it takes on the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Here’s a look ahead at the game: what to know and how to watch Florida-Oklahoma State in the 2015 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

Viewing information

Event: 2015 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic
Location: BB&T Center – Sunrise, Florida [Capacity: 20,737]
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST

TV: Fox Sports 1 (Justin Kutcher, Bob Wenzel, Jessica Blaylock)
Streaming Video: Fox Sports Go
Mobile Video: Fox Sports Go app (iPhone) / (Android)
SiriusXM: 132/192 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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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)
Channel finder: Click here

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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4 BITS: Gators up for 2015 ESPY awards, Florida basketball players summer updates

1 » After showing out during 2015 NBA Summer League action in Orlando with the Orlando Magic, former Florida Gators point guard Scottie Wilbekin earned a second opportunity in Las Vegas with the Philadelphia 76ers. That kicked off for Wilbekin on Saturday as he scored nine points on 3-for-8 shooting in 21:02. He earned the start for the 76ers the following day and once again impressed, scoring 19 points on 4-of-8 shooting from deep with two assists and three steals in 29:38, the second-most minutes on the team. Wilbekin last week signed a one-year deal with the Cairns Taipans of Australia’s NBL after leading the team as its Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. There is an out in that contract allowing Wilbekin to pursue his NBA dream if the opportunity presents itself, and he may very well be making strides in achieving that goal as soon as this season.

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4 BITS: Jim McElwain donates $5,000 to bring Colorado State player home from New Zealand

1 » Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain put his money where his heart is, reportedly donating $5,000 to a former Colorado State football player in order to bring the man, his young daughter and his deceased wife home after all were stuck in New Zealand. According to Matt L. Stephens of The Coloradoan, former CSU defensive lineman Eli Edwards lost his wife to lupus while the family was in New Zealand so she could undergo treatment. Edwards was unable to afford to fly home after the treatments and started a crowdfunding account in order to raise money to cover the trip and funeral costs. McElwain’s donation, gifted from his private company MacFam LLC, makes up approximately one-quarter of the $20,000 raised to this point. Director of strength and conditioning Mike Kent, who joined McElwain when he took the Florida job, also reportedly donated $500.

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Strength from within: DeVon Walker poised to rebound from injury, lead Florida Gators

It takes skill to be real and time to heal, which is exactly what Florida Gators redshirt junior guard/forward DeVon Walker has spent the last 10 months concentrating on while rehabilitating from a torn ACL suffered during a pick-up game in the 2014-15 offseason.

For a Florida basketball team that is undergoing a major shirt, not only at the top with a new head coach in Michael White but with two of its top guards leaving the program, Walker is suddenly presented with the opportunity to make a significant impact when he is finally cleared to return to the court.

And from the looks of it, Walker is prepared.

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