Fastbreak: Florida Gators continue to show bi-polar nature in 80-61 drubbing by Kentucky

Just one week after pulling out a signature win and appearing as if they had finally turned the corner, the Florida Gators (15-8, 6-4 SEC) proved they are still the inconsistent, two-faced team that had played the first 22 games of the 2015-16 season. On the road against the No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats (17-6, 7-4 SEC) at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, Florida played one of its worst games of the season while allowing Kentucky to put together one of its best.

In doing so, the Gators fell to 1-5 against AP Top 25 teams this season and threw out an opportunity to find a spot in the bottom of the poll. Though UF’s chances to earn an NCAA Tournament bid did not take a major hit, the team’s ego most likely did as it pumped up that of UK and once again fell both on the road and against one of the best opponents its faced this season.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Saturday’s tough loss with nsix quick-hitters.

It was over when: The second half began. Though the Gators cut the Wildcats’ massive first-half lead down in the first 20 minutes (see below), Florida was simply unable to hold on and allowed Kentucky to go up 18 at the break. UF did not have much success stopping UK at the start of the second half either as the Wildcats scored eight straight points right out of the gate to take a game-high 26 point lead and make a comeback nearly impossible. The Gators did chip away at the large lead, cutting it to 14 as the hosts went 0-for-8 from the floor, but the Wildcats had no problem holding on.

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Fastbreak: Gators earn needed signature win as Florida obliterates No. 9 West Virginia 88-71

In desperate need of a signature win, Florida Gators basketball got just that on Saturday, defeating a top-10 opponent for the first time in 13 tries with a dominant 88-71 victory over the No. 9 West Virginia Mountaineers at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Florida (14-7) put together a dominant offensive performance for the second time in three games as it rained threes and was extremely efficient from the charity stripe. West Virginia (17-4) simply could not get back into the game after a hot start for the Gators.

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

It was over when: Though Florida held the lead for 39:49 of the 40-minute contest and was up by nearly 20 late in the game, West Virginia had its opportunities to come back. It was not until a dagger three-pointer by sophomore guard Chris Chiozza with 2:35 to play that all hope was lost for the visitors. The Gators jumped ahead 84-67 and scored eight-straight points to earn a game-high 21-point advantage with 1:03 to play. Chiozza finished 4-of-8 from the field and 2-for-3 from downtown with 10 points, six assists and two steals, though he did cough up the ball a team-high six times.

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Fastbreak: Late surge can’t save Florida’s season-worst shooting effort in loss to Vanderbilt

Just three days after breaking out in a major way for the first time this season, Florida Gators basketball broke down.

Florida (13-7, 5-3 SEC) suffered an game-ending injury moments into the contest and posted its worst shooting percentage on the season, playing awful basketball for 39 of Tuesday night’s 40-minute game before ultimately falling 60-59 to the Vanderbilt Commodores (12-8, 4-4 SEC) at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tennessee.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s embarrassing loss with eight quick-hitters:

It was over when: Commodores guard Wade Baldwin IV made two free throws with seven seconds remaining to push the hosts up four points and put the game out of reach. The Gators actually trailed by eight with a minute to play but somehow made shots over the final 55 seconds that they were unable to the rest of the contest. UF went 5-for-7 from the field with 11 straight points from freshman guard KeVaughn Allen (including a trio of three-pointers) over the final 55 seconds of the game.

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators pummel Auburn in first half on way to dominant 95-63 win

Those waiting for a breakout game for Florida Gators basketball got just that Saturday night as head coach Mike White’s team pummeled the Auburn Tigers early and often on the way to a dominant 95-63 victory at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

The Gators (13-6, 5-2 SEC) moved into second place in the Southeastern Conference by piling on the Tigers (9-9, 3-4 SEC) early with a season-high 53 points in the first half. Auburn was unable to recover as head coach Bruce Pearl dropped his sixth straight game against UF dating back to 2010.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Saturday’s important victory with eight quick-hitters:

It was over when: Though Florida’s massive early lead gave it every advantage over Auburn in the second half, the Tigers still had an opportunity to slowly cut into their large deficit. Instead, the Gators’ lead ballooned to 28 points on a 7-0 run early in the latter part of the game, and UF even increased it to 29 points with 12 minutes to play. Try as it might, AU could not get within 23 over the duration of the contest and ultimately lost by 32 points, which was Florida’s largest margin in the entire game.

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators hang on to escape Mississippi State 81-78

Tuesday was yet another up and down night for Florida Gators, which fell behind by double digits to the worst team in the Southeastern Conference only to hold on for an 81-78 victory at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Florida (12-6, 4-2 SEC) somehow found a way to hit free throws when it mattered, capitalizing on its hot three-point shooting and overcoming a propensity for turnovers that plagued it throughout the game. The win kept Mississippi State (7-10, 0-5 SEC) at the bottom of the league, which made it a wonder how the Bulldogs were even in the game with the Gators in the first place.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s win with eight quick-hitters:

It was over when: Redshirt sophomore center John Egbunu came through in the clutch for the second time this season, hitting four-straight free throws to overcome a pair of one-point deficits for Florida in the final minute of the game. Aside from Egbunu’s made free throws, UF went just 2-for-8 from the charity stripe over the final six minutes of the game, leaving a ton of points at the line that would not have put a win in nearly as much jeopardy. Egbunu finished with 16 points, grabbing seven rebounds and hitting 8-of-12 attempts from the line.

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators run through Ole Miss 80-71 in Mike White’s homecoming

The two-faced Florida Gators basketball team was at it again Saturday, shooting the lights out on the road in Oxford, Mississippi, on the way to a wire-to-wire 80-71 win over the Ole Miss Rebels.

Florida (11-6, 3-2 SEC) opened up in control of the game and never lost its advantage, even as shots stopped falling and Ole Miss (12-5, 2-3 SEC) fought back in the second half. As such, new UF head coach Mike White was able to talk down his alma mater in what was a unique homecoming game.

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

It was over when: The Gators answered a 9-0 Rebels run that cut UF’s advantage from 20 points down to 11 with 7:34 remaining by scoring five straight points including a perfectly timed three by freshman guard KeVaugn Allen. The trey ended a 6:13 stretch Florida had to endure without a field goal and allowed the teams to trade baskets and free throws over the duration of the contest.

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators give away grand opportunity, fall to No. 15 Texas A&M 71-68

Unlike it’s road game last week, there was no questioning the effort given by Florida Gators basketball throughout Tuesday’s contest on the road against the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies. In fact, the only thing to continue questioning about UF after the game is the team’s offensive execution, which continues to be a major issue for the program.

Florida (10-6, 2-2 SEC) continued its uneven play with a 71-68 defeat at the hands of Texas A&M (16-2, 4-0 SEC) in College Station, Texas, falling to 0-4 against ranked opponents and 0-5 against the best teams it has faced this season. OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s loss with seven quick-hitters:

It was over when: Gators sophomore point guard Chris Chiozza stole an inbounds pass with just seconds to play and missed a potentially game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer. Florida trailed by three for much of the final minute of the game, trading baskets for Texas A&M free throws before committing a costly turnover on its final possession. Redshirt sophomore center John Egbunu was called for a moving screen in the backcourt as the Gators planned to put together a more sound three-point play, turning the ball back over to the Aggies before Chiozza’s steal. Chiozza showed up with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with eight assists on the evening, while Egbunu struggled with eight points on 3-of-8 shooting with three turnovers and five fouls.

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Fastbreak: Two-faced Florida Gators fight for big 68-62 win over Ben Simmons-led LSU

No one can truly put a finger on the 2015-16 Florida Gators basketball team. In one week, it dominated an SEC road opener against its rival, got blown out while giving little-to-no effort against a middle-of-the-road team and then turned around and earned a wire-to-wire victory against the nation’s best player.

Florida completed its uneven week Saturday with a wild 68-62 win over the LSU Tigers in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida. OnlyGators.com breaks down Saturday’s victory and the week that was with seven quick-hitters:

It was over when: Florida redshirt sophomore center John Egbunu made a baby hook shot with 49 seconds left, helping mitigate a three-point play by LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons to push the Gators ahead by three. Egbunu preceded that short jumper with two made free throws and followed it with two more as he finished 5-for-10 from the line but made five of his last six attempts from the charity stripe. The Tigers did not score again as Simmons turned the ball over twice in the final 40 seconds.

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