Fastbreak: Florida obliterates NC A&T 104-54

Florida Gators basketball (2-0) opened the home portion of its 2015-16 season Monday by upending the North Carolina A&T Aggies (0-2) at Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

With the 104-54 victory, the Gators won their first home game under new head coach Mike White and improved to 26-0 all-time against teams from the MEAC. Florida also scored 100+ points for the first time since 2011 and registered its 21st largest margin of victory ever.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Monday’s home opener with five quick-hitters:

It was over when: Any hope North Carolina A&T had of getting back in the game was erased by redshirt junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith, who broke out of a slump with back-to-back threes as part of a 10-0 run that pushed Florida ahead 62-31 with 15:34 to play. Finney-Smith shot just 4-of-10 but hit 3-of-6 triples and hauled in a team-high 10 boards.

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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 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 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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Florida Gators basketball updates 2015-16 roster, adding new uniform numbers

With the Summer B semester starting last Monday, the Florida Gators are preparing to officially update their 2015-16 basketball roster by listing the new players that will join the team this season.

Though the actual roster has not yet been updated, uniform numbers for three of the four new players – plus one change – have been announced by the program.

FRESHMEN
» 4 – KeVaughn Allen (Little Rock, AR), freshman guard
» 13 – Kevarrius Hayes (Live Oak, FL), freshman forward/center
» 23 – Keith Stone (Deerfield Beach, FL), freshman guard/forward

NUMBER CHANGES
» 1 – DeVon Walker (Winter Haven, FL), redshirt junior guard/forward

UNANNOUNCED
» TBA – Justin Leon (Conway, AR), junior forward (JUCO transfer)

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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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Eli Carter to transfer from Florida Gators

Eli Carter, a guard transfer from Rutgers who was made eligible immediately and played one full season with the Florida Gators, will transfer for the second time in his college career, a source close to the program confirmed to OnlyGators.com on Monday.

“I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had here at Florida,” Carter said in a statement released by the school. “I’ll always appreciate the coaches, teammates and fans that made my time here memorable.”

CBSSports.com‘s Jon Rothstein first reported Carter’s move, noting that the player will be immediately eligible in 2015-16 as he will earn his undergraduate degree. The Gators confirmed it later in the day.

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