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: 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’ one-man show edged by late Florida State jumper

If you removed freshman guard KeVaughn Allen from the Florida Gators‘ lineup on Tuesday night against the Florida State Seminoles, it would have gotten pretty ugly inside the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Instead, the Seminoles edged the Gators on a late jumper, throwing water on a fiery performance by Allen that kept the hosts in a game they otherwise would’ve been blown out of by halftime.

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

It was over when: Moments after Florida redshirt senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith finished a clutch layup to give his team the lead with just over 23 seconds to play, Florida State G Dwayne Bacon found himself open in the lane with an opportunity to hit a jumper. He did just that, nailing the shot with 4.7 seconds to play to push the visitors ahead 73-71. Bacon, who finished 5-of-8 from beyond the arc with a team-high 24 points, led the Noles to a second-straight late-game victory over the Gators … after Jacob Kurtz’s tip-in helped FSU pull out a win last season.

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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 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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Florida 2015 signee G KeVaughn Allen sticks with commitment to Gators basketball

New Florida Gators head basketball coach Michael White has only been on the job a week but nevertheless managed his first signature win on Monday by ensuring 2015 four-star signee KeVaughn Allen (Little Rock, AR) will stick with his commitment and join the program ahead of next season.

Allen, a talented shooting guard rated as No. 60 in the 247Sports Composite and No. 51 overall on the ESPN 100, was Florida’s highest-ranked signee for next season but looked to be on the outs with the program after the departure of Billy Donovan.

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