The miseducation of Florida PG Kasey Hill

Florida Gators sophomore point guard Kasey Hill has not had it easy during the early stages of his college basketball career.

A five-star prospect who was supposed to be firmly seated behind a senior during his freshman campaign, Hill was thrust into a starting role early (due to a Scottie Wilbekin suspension) and just as quickly pushed out of action (due to injury). Things actually started out well for Hill in those four games as he shot nearly .500 from the field and averaged 10 points, four assists and two steals per contest.

When Hill returned, the lightning-fast floor general was underwhelming and missed another two-week period, this time in February, due to injury. He came back even better then he began the season, hitting more than half of his shots while averaging six points, three dimes and 1.5 swipes per game, while playing fewer minutes in a reserve role.

But Hill did not play well in Florida’s last four games of the 2014 NCAA Tournament and opened the 2014-15 season equally as shaky.

Through the Gators’ first three games this season, he went 3-for-24 (.125) with 13 points (seven from the free throw line), 13 assists and eight turnovers.

Hill was neither living up to his hype, nor his potential, and head coach Billy Donovan understood exactly why.

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Florida Gators basketball out of AP Top 25 for first time since 2011, down to No. 24 in coaches poll

The Florida Gators (3-3) fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 – and just snuck into theUSA Today Coaches’ Poll – on Monday after dropping two of three games at the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis last week in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

The fourth regular-season editions of the top 25 polls for 2014-15 find the Gators only ranked No. 24 by the coaches. It is the first time Florida is unranked in the AP Top 25 since Jan. 31, 2011, and UF received its fewest votes in the poll (40) since Jan. 3, 2001 (35).

Florida opened the season at No. 7/7. Two weeks later, the Gators fell 10 and nine spots down to No. 18/16. Now UF has effectively dropped 14 more places in the minds of the AP voters and eight slots according to the coaches. Things do not get any easier for Florida with No. 11/11 Kansas on tap this Friday.

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)-
4L(OT) 65-66 vs. Georgetown
W 56-47 vs. UAB
L 64-75 vs. North Carolina
3-3NR (40)No. 24 (60)-

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

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25
1-5: Kentucky (62), Wisconsin (3), Arizona, Duke, Louisville
6-10: Texas, Virginia, Wichita State, Gonzaga, Villanova
11-15: Kansas, North Carolina, San Diego State, Ohio State, Miami
16-20: West Virginia, Michigan, Arkansas, Michigan State, Iowa State
21-25: Maryland, Oklahoma, Butler, Illinois, Utah
Receiving votes: Florida – 32 overall

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

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Battle 4 Atlantis Fastbreak: No. 5 North Carolina earns 75-64 wire-to-wire win over No. 18 Florida

By Jordan McPherson – OnlyGators.com Contributor

No. 18 Florida Gators basketball (3-3) put itself in an early hole and was never able to take a lead on Friday evening as the No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels (5-1) completed a wire-to-wire 75-64 win in the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis at the Imperial Arena in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

The Gators officially finished in sixth place with a 1-2 record in the tournament and will return to the United States with a .500 record on the season.

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

It was over when:: UNC point guard Marcus Paige hit two free throws with 10:44 left in the second half to extend the Tar Heels’ lead to 51-39. From that point on, UF failed to get within single digits until junior guard Michael Frazier II hit a three-pointer with 2:04 to go. Though North Carolina’s lead was cut to seven at 67-60, UNC closed the contest on an 8-4 run to seal the victory.

Significant stretch:: Trailing by 16 heading into halftime, Florida went on a 14-6 run over the first 6:17 of the second half to cut its deficit to eight. Redshirt senior center Jon Horford scored seven of points on that run, nailing a three-pointer and finishing a dunk on back-to-back possessions before hitting a layup about two minutes later.

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Battle 4 Atlantis Gameday: No. 18 Florida Gators vs. No. 5 UNC Tar Heels – Donovan talks offense

Location: Imperial Arena – Paradise Island, Bahamas [Capacity: 3,500]
Time: 8:00 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]
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SiriusXM: 91 | Radio: Gator Radio Network Affiliates / Online

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No. 18 FLORIDA GATORS No. 5 UNC TAR HEELS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Roy Williams
Record: 3-2 Record: 4-1
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Atlantic Coast

Odds: Florida +5.5 | O/U 132

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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)
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 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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