12/19: Donovan demands defense, Young steps up

No. 16 Florida Gators (8-2) head basketball coach Billy Donovan met with the media on Thursday, two days before his team takes on the Fresno State Bulldogs (4-5) at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL as part of the 2013 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

ON THE OFFENSIVE ABOUT DEFENSE

Suffice to say, Donovan is not pleased with Florida’s defense, and it his problems start with the Gators’ inability to effectively defend the three-point line. Through 10 games, UF has allowed 6.1 threes per game with teams shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc. In its recent three-game stretch against ranked opponents, Florida allowed teams to shoot 42.3 percent from downtown.

“Right now I think, when you look at us defensively, we’re not where we need to be or want to be. One of our challenges has been the three-point line in terms of the percentage,” he explained. “I don’t think teams here of late have made an enormous amount of three-point shots against us. But when you have teams going 7-for-14, 6-for-11, those things – that’s a problem, percentage-wise. For us, against the highest level of competition we’ve played against here so far, we’re giving up almost 40 percent from the three-point line. The overall stat sheet is a little bit deceiving, but we’ve got to do a better job there. This will be a test for us to get better because they’re going to test us from the three-point line pretty much every possession.”

Donovan was particularly disappointed by the Gators’ overall play against Memphis. UF’s assist-to-turnover ratio was abhorrent at 0.76 due to Florida coughing the ball up 17 times on the evening. The Gators are currently ranked 200th nationally in assists, averaging just 12.6 per contest.

“I didn’t think that we played to the level, to the standard that we want to play in. I’m hopeful that coming out of our game our guys can see… we got to get a lot, lot better,” he said. “I’m measuring that based on where I think we can be. … We played a really, really poor second half against Kansas; we did not pay well. I thought we were sporadic at best in the Memphis game.

“I don’t look at our team right now and sit there and say that we beat two ranked teams that we’re playing very good basketball right now. We’re not playing to the standard or level that I would expect our team to play at right now.”

He added: “There’s things to me that are disappointing because we’re dealing with older guys that know. That, to me, is a very, very fine line. You start to question as a coach, ‘How bad do you want to be great as a team?’ Because if you want to be great as a team, here are the things that need to get corrected.”

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Florida Gators basketball’s 2013-14 schedule

Florida Gators basketball’s 2013-14 schedule was officially announced on Tuesday.

The Gators are set to face seven opponents who took part in the 2013 NCAA Tournament while also participating in three events – the Big 12/SEC Challenge, Jimmy V. Classic and Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

Florida will take on their permanent rival of Kentucky twice during the Southeastern Conference‘s 18-game schedule while also facing Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina and Tennessee twice each as part of the four-team annual rotation.

After opening the SEC slate at home, the Gators will play four of their next six games on the road before returning to Gainesville, FL, for a three-game homestand from Feb. 1-8. Florida then plays five of its next seven league games out of town before concluding the season with Senior Day against Kentucky on March 8.

UF will play three Super Tuesday games on ESPN and also be the visiting team when ESPN’s College GameDay rolls into Lexington, KY, on Feb. 15.

Florida will play three SEC contests on CBS, 16 total games on ESPN networks, two games on the syndicated SEC Network, two on FSN and one on CSS. Most of the non-conference game times and network affiliations have not yet been released.

Below is the official 2013-14 schedule with SEC games added:

Date/TimeGator BaitResult
11/8 at 3:00 pm (SUN)vs. North FloridaW 77-69
11/12 at 9:00pm (ESPN2)at WisconsinL 53-59
11/16 at 4:30 pm (SUN)vs. Ark-Little RockW 86-56
11/18 at 7:00 pm (SUN)vs. SouthernW 67-53
11/21 at 7:30 pm (SUN)vs. MTSUW 79-59
11/25 at 7:00 pm (FSF)at JacksonvilleW 86-60
11/29 at 7:30pm (ESPN2)vs. Florida StateW 67-66
12/2 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at UConnL 64-65
12/10 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)vs. KansasW 67-61
12/17 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)vs. Memphis (NY)W 77-75
12/21 at 4:30 pm (FSN)vs. Fresno St.W 66-49
12/29 at 3:00 pm (FSF)vs. Savannah St.W 76-34
1/4 at 3:00 pm (CSS)vs. RichmondW 67-58
1/8 at 7:00 pm (CSS)vs. South CarolinaW 74-58
1/11 at 1:00 pm (ESPN2)at ArkansasW(OT) 84-82
1/14 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. GeorgiaW 72-50
1/18 at 4:00 pm (SECN)at AuburnW 68-61
1/23 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at AlabamaW 68-62
1/25 at 4:00 pm (ESPN)vs. TennesseeW 67-41
1/30 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at Miss. StateW 62-51
2/1 at 4:00 pm (SECN)vs. Texas A&MW 69-36
2/4 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)vs. MissouriW 68-58
2/8 at 12:00 pm (ESPN)vs. AlabamaW 78-69
2/11 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)at TennesseeW 67-58
2/15 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at KentuckyW 69-59
2/19 at 7:00 pm (FSN)vs. AuburnW 71-66
2/22 at 12:00 pm (CBS)at Ole MissW 75-71
2/25 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)at VanderbiltW 57-54
3/1 at 4:00 pm (CBS)vs. LSUW 79-61
3/4 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)at South CarolinaW 72-46
3/8 at 12:00 pm (CBS)vs. KentuckyW 84-65
3/14 at 1:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. Missouri
SEC Tournament
W 72-49
3/15 at 1:00 pm (ABC)vs. Tennessee
SEC Tournament
W 56-49
3/16 at 3:15 pm (ESPN)vs. Kentucky
SEC Tournament
W 61-60
3/20 at 4:10 pm (TBS)vs. Albany
NCAA Tournament
W 67-55
3/21 at 12:15 pm (CBS)vs. Pittsburgh
NCAA Tournament
W 61-45
3/27 at 10:15 pm (CBS)vs. UCLA
NCAA Tournament
W 79-68
3/29 at 6:09 pm (TBS)vs. Dayton
NCAA Tournament
W 62-52
4/5 at 6:09 pm (TBS)vs. UConn
NCAA Tournament
L 53-63

SCHEDULE NOTES

» Ten teams each from the SEC and Big 12 will each compete in the Big 12/SEC Challenge from Nov. 14-Dec. 21. It is the first year of the event’s existence following the cancellation of the SEC/Big East Challenge (2007-12).
» The Gators are competing in the OBBC for the 13th time in the last 14 years.
» UF has Thursday-Saturday back-to-backs in consecutive weeks on Jan. 23-25 and Jan. 30-Feb. 1. Head coach Billy Donovan will not be pleased with that.
» Florida will play three games on CBS for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

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Florida basketball set to face Kansas, Memphis

Updated on May 3 at 10:30 a.m.

Florida Gators basketball’s 2013-14 non-conference schedule is taking shape after information was released this week about opponents for the upcoming season.

It has been confirmed that Florida will take on Kansas for the first time since 2006 as part of the inaugural SEC-Big 12 Challenge. KU will travel to Gainesville, FL on Dec. 10, 2013 for what is sure to be a fantastic showdown.

According to CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman, UF will also face Memphis at the 2013 Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on Dec. 17.

The UF website announced on Friday that the Gators will play a road game at Connecticut on Dec. 2. It is the first time the teams have squared off since 1994.

It has long been known that Florida will finish off a home-and-home series with a road game at Wisconsin, host Florida State and Richmond, participate in the 2013 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic (Sunrise, FL) against an unsigned opponent, and take part in a five-team round robin called the Global Sports Challenge that includes Arkansas Little-Rock, Middle Tennessee State, North Florida and Southern.

Below is the non-conference schedule as of press time:

Nov. 8 vs. North Florida
TBA at Wisconsin
Nov. 16 vs. Arkansas Little-Rock
Nov. 18 vs. Southern
Nov. 21 vs. Middle Tennessee State
Nov 25 at Jacksonville
Nov. 29 vs. Florida State
Dec. 2 at UConn
Dec. 10 vs. Kansas
Dec. 17 vs. Memphis (New York, NY)
Dec. 21 vs. TBA (Sunrise, FL)
Dec. 29 vs. Savannah State
Jan. 4 vs. Richmond

Florida will be adding additional games to its non-conference schedule in the near future, so stay tuned for updates.

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Florida grounds Air Force 78-61 in Sunrise

In front of a crowd filled with orange and blue even though Saturday’s contest was billed as a neutral site game, No. 11/14 Florida Gators basketball (9-2) put together a strong second half to ground the Air Force Falcons (8-3) in the 2012 Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL.

Florida, behind three second-half three-pointers from senior guard Kenny Boynton, outscored Air Force by 15 and hit 70 percent of its shots in the final 20 minutes, pulling away for a 78-61 victory.

Erik Murphy, who was voted the contest’s MVP after registering a game-highs of 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks. He shot 8-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.

Though the Falcons stuck to what they were good at and succeeded in keeping the game close by going 9-for-20 from three, UF blew it open in the second half with a 36-24 advantage on the boards and an overwhelming 38 points in the paint.

Senior forward Patric Young also scored in double-digits for Florida, posting 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with four boards and a rejection.

Air Force standout senior G Michael Lyons registered team-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds but went just 3-of-12 from the floor in the game.

The Gators will conclude their non-conference schedule after the New Year by travelling to Yale on Jan. 6 for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off on NBC Sports Network.

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Gameday: (11) Florida Gators vs. Air Force

Event: 2012 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic
Location: BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL [Capacity: 20,737]
Time: 4:30 p.m. EST

TV: FSN/FSNHD (Rich Waltz, Mark Wise)
SiriusXM: 94/201 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
Online Video: None | Mobile Video: None
Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter and SportsYapper app

No. 11 FLORIDA GATORS AIR FORCE FALCONS
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Dave Pilipovich
Record: 8-2 Record: 8-2
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Mountain West
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida -20.5 | O/U 131.5

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida is 1-0 all-time against Air Force with the lone game played in 1963 as part of the Gator Bowl Tournament. UF took a 74-68 victory in that game and is 3-1 all-time against service academies.
» The Gators are 9-2 all-time in the OBBC and will be participating in the event for the 12th time in the last 13 years.
» Four of UF’s regular starters are averaging double figures.
» Florida has held six of its 10 opponents under 50 points but has given up 61 or more points in three of its last six games (1-2).
» UF is 33-3 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding opponents under 71 points in a game (8-2 in 2012-13).
» The Gators were just 3-5 against top-25 opponents last season with all five losses coming to top-three teams. UF is currently scheduled to take on seven top-25 opponents as part of the 2012-13 campaign and is already 1-1 in such games.
» Florida is third nationally in scoring defense (51.3), eighth in scoring margin (+20.9), 13th in field goal percentage defense (.359) and 20th in rebound margin (+8.7).
» The Gators are ninth nationally in fouling, committing 13.6 per game, and 111th nationally in assists, dishing just 14.0 per game.
» All five Falcons starters are seniors.
» Air Force seventh nationally in three-pointers per game (9.1) and turnover margin (+6.1), 15th nationally in three-point shooting (.492) and 28th in assists (16.5).
» The Falcons are 199th in rebounding margin (-0.1) and 277th in free throw shooting, connecting on just 64.6 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe.
» Air Force has eight players that have attempted 10 or more treys already this season.

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Florida basketball’s complete 2012-13 schedule

Florida Gators basketball on Tuesday announced the times for all of the team’s non-conference games this season, officially completing the 2012-13 schedule. Florida will face a total of nine opponents who took part in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Gators will also participate in three events within the state – Navy/Marine Corps Classic, SEC/BIG EAST Challenge and Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

UF will take on their permanent rival of Kentucky twice as part of the Southeastern Conference‘s new 18-game schedule; Florida begins its annual rotation facing Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State and Missouri twice each.

The Gators start their SEC slate with four of their first six games on the road but will then have four of their next five at home concluding with Kentucky on Feb. 12.

Florida will play one game on CBS, 17 on ESPN networks, two on the NBC Sports Network, four on the SEC Network, seven on Sun Sports/FOX Sports Network and one on Comcast Sports South.

During non-conference and SEC competition combined, the Gators will play 20-of-31 games on national television including the conference’s season finale.

Below is the official 2012-13 schedule:

Date/TimeGator BaitResult
11/14 at 6:00 pm (SECN)vs. William & MaryW 68-45
11/17 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. MiamiL 67-69
11/21 at 8:00 pm (SECN)vs. La.-MonroeW(OT) 61-56
11/26 at 9:30 pm (AXS)vs. GeorgetownL(OT) 65-66
11/27 at 9:30 pm (AXS)vs. UABW 56-47
11/28 at 8:00 pm (AXS)vs. No. CarolinaL 64-75
12/5 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at KansasL 65-71
12/8 at 7:00 pm (SECN)vs. YaleW 85-47
12/12 at 7:00 pm (SECN)vs. Texas So.W 75-50
12/14 at 4:00 pm (FSN)vs. JacksonvilleW 79-34
12/20 at 5:00 pm (FSN)vs. Wake ForestW 63-50
12/30 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at Florida StateL 63-65
1/3 at 2:00 pm (CBS)vs. UConnL 59-63
1/7 at 7:00 pm (SECN)at So. CarolinaW 72-68
1/10 at 7:00 pm (FSN)vs. Miss. StateW 72-47
1/15 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. AuburnW 75-55
1/17 at 2:00 pm (CBS)at GeorgiaL 61-73
1/20 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)vs. LSUL 61-79
1/24 at 8:00 pm (SECN)at Ole MissL 71-72
1/27 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at AlabamaW 52-50
1/31 at 1:00 pm (CBS)vs. ArkansasW 57-56
2/3 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at VanderbiltL 61-67
2/7 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)vs. KentuckyL 61-68
2/12 at 7:00 pm (ESPN/2)vs. Ole MissL 61-62
2/14 at 6:30 pm (SECN)at Texas A&ML 62-63
2/18 at 7:00 pm (SECN)vs. VanderbiltW 50-47
2/21 at 1:00 pm (CBS)at LSUL 63-70
2/24 at 9:00 pm (SECN)at MissouriL 52-64
2/28 at 6:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. TennesseeW 66-49
3/3 at 9:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. Texas A&MW 66-62
3/7 at 2:00 pm (CBS)at KentuckyL 50-67
3/12 at 1:00 pm (SECN)vs. AlabamaW 69-61
3/13 at 1:00 pm (SECN)vs. KentuckyL 49-64

SCHEDULE NOTES

» The Gators will play four games in the state of Florida but outside of Gainesville for the second-straight year (Jacksonville, Tampa, Tallahassee, Sunrise).
» Twelve teams each from the SEC and Big East will each compete in the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge from Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Florida last faced and defeated Marquette 68-56 in the Sweet 16 round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
» Senior forward Erik Murphy will be able to play in front of friends and family during UF’s road game against Yale. He is from South Kingstown, RI.
» Florida will play three games on ESPNU for the first time ever after having one game scheduled on the network in each of the last two seasons.

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Florida Gators basketball releases complete 2012-13 non-conference schedule

Florida Gators basketball announced the team’s 2012-13 non-conference schedule on Tuesday. Florida will face five opponents who took part in the 2012 NCAA Tournament while also participating in three events within the state of Florida – Navy/Marine Corps Classic, SEC/BIG EAST Challenge and Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

“This is as challenging a non-conference schedule as we’ve had during my tenure at Florida,” head coach Billy Donovan said in an official school release. “We’ve made deep runs in the NCAA Tournament each of the last two years and a schedule like this helps expose us to a number of different styles of play that we could see later in the season, and also does a great job preparing us for SEC play.”

Below is the official 2012-13 non-conference schedule:

Date/TimeGator BaitResult
11/14 at 6:00 pm (SECN)vs. William & MaryW 68-45
11/17 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. MiamiL 67-69
11/21 at 8:00 pm (SECN)vs. La.-MonroeW(OT) 61-56
11/26 at 9:30 pm (AXS)vs. GeorgetownL(OT) 65-66
11/27 at 9:30 pm (AXS)vs. UABW 56-47
11/28 at 8:00 pm (AXS)vs. No. CarolinaL 64-75
12/5 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at KansasL 65-71
12/8 at 7:00 pm (SECN)vs. YaleW 85-47
12/12 at 7:00 pm (SECN)vs. Texas So.W 75-50
12/14 at 4:00 pm (FSN)vs. JacksonvilleW 79-34
12/20 at 5:00 pm (FSN)vs. Wake ForestW 63-50
12/30 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at Florida StateL 63-65
1/3 at 2:00 pm (CBS)vs. UConnL 59-63
1/7 at 7:00 pm (SECN)at So. CarolinaW 72-68
1/10 at 7:00 pm (FSN)vs. Miss. StateW 72-47
1/15 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. AuburnW 75-55
1/17 at 2:00 pm (CBS)at GeorgiaL 61-73
1/20 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)vs. LSUL 61-79
1/24 at 8:00 pm (SECN)at Ole MissL 71-72
1/27 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at AlabamaW 52-50
1/31 at 1:00 pm (CBS)vs. ArkansasW 57-56
2/3 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)at VanderbiltL 61-67
2/7 at 9:00 pm (ESPN)vs. KentuckyL 61-68
2/12 at 7:00 pm (ESPN/2)vs. Ole MissL 61-62
2/14 at 6:30 pm (SECN)at Texas A&ML 62-63
2/18 at 7:00 pm (SECN)vs. VanderbiltW 50-47
2/21 at 1:00 pm (CBS)at LSUL 63-70
2/24 at 9:00 pm (SECN)at MissouriL 52-64
2/28 at 6:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. TennesseeW 66-49
3/3 at 9:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. Texas A&MW 66-62
3/7 at 2:00 pm (CBS)at KentuckyL 50-67
3/12 at 1:00 pm (SECN)vs. AlabamaW 69-61
3/13 at 1:00 pm (SECN)vs. KentuckyL 49-64

SCHEDULE NOTES

» The Gators will play four games in the state of Florida but outside of Gainesville for the second-straight year (Jacksonville, Tampa, Tallahassee, Sunrise).
» Twelve teams each from the SEC and Big East will each compete in the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge from Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Florida last faced and defeated Marquette 68-56 in the Sweet 16 round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
» Senior forward Erik Murphy will be able to play in front of friends and family during UF’s road game against Yale. He is from South Kingstown, RI.
» Florida will announce its 18-game conference schedule at a later date.

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SIX BITS: Parsons, Tebow, Wambach, Debose

1 » A report early Friday morning from ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chad Ford notes that former Florida Gators forward Chandler Parsons, a second-round draft pick of the Houston Rockets last year who had a stellar rookie season with the franchise, may wind up playing for the Orlando Magic in 2012 if his current franchise is successful in completing a trade for All-Star center Dwight Howard. Sources told Stein and Ford that Houston recently “sweetened” its offer to Orlando and that Parsons is one of four current players the Rockets would send to the Magic as part of an enormous package. Though nothing is imminent whatsoever, Houston has been in hot pursuit of Howard as of late. The Rockets traded for numerous first-round draft selections that they used in June (all of which would go to the Magic in the deal) and are trying to clear tons of cap space in order to give Howard a maximum contract and absorb expensive contracts as part of the trade. Should Parsons wind up getting traded, he would be able to play professionally in front of his family as he grew up in nearby Casselbery, FL.

2 » Coming off of a successful rookie season with Maccabi Ashdod of the Israeli league in which he averaged 12 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and was named the league’s Sixth Man of the Year, former Gators F Alex Tyus has signed a two-year deal to play for Pallacanestro Cantu in Italy, according to Sportando. Tyus, who recently received his Israeli citizenship and passport, will also play for the Israeli National Team while he is over in Europe. His contract with Cantu is worth $525,000 over the two seasons.

3 » Florida basketball is set to compete in the 2012 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic this season and will take part in the event for the 12th time in the last 13 years and 14th time in team history. It was revealed on Tuesday via a press release that UF will take on the Air Force Falcons in the event, marking the first time since 2008 that they will play a “lower-tier” program in the event (the Gators have faced Richmond, Kansas State and Texas A&M in Sunrise, FL over the last three seasons). The two-game tournament will be held on Dec. 29 at the BankAtlantic Center with Florida State and Tulsa going head-to-head in the first game of the doubleheader.

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