Fastbreak: Devin Robinson shines as Florida Gators hold on to beat Ole Miss 77-72

Coming off one of its worst performances of the season, Florida Gators basketball needed to get back to its winning ways and did just that, taking down the Ole Miss Rebels for the second time this season as Florida head coach Mike White began his Gators career 2-0 against his alma mater.

Florida (16-8, 7-4 SEC) proved once again that it plays much better at home, leading most of Tuesday night’s contest at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida, and holding on for a 77-72 victory even though it did plenty wrong throughout the contest. Ole Miss (15-9, 5-6 SEC) did not do itself many favors in the game, but the Rebels did push the Gators late and did not let them skate to a victory like they did a couple weeks ago in Oxford, Mississippi.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s close win with six quick-hitters.

It was over when: Sophomore forward Devin Robinson was found wide open with five seconds left in the game and slammed home a dunk to push Florida ahead by five just a couple ticks after Ole Miss made an easy layup to cut their deficit to three. The game should have been over when freshman guard KeVaughn Allen drained a dagger three with 52 seconds to play, but the visitors kept it close with four straight points by Tomasz Gielo inside of 13 seconds.

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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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Gameday – Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats: What to know, how to watch, game picks

Some out-of-nowhere hot shooting has led Florida Gators basketball to a 5-1 record in its last six games, including a victory at home over a top-25 opponent. But can the Gators measure up to their Southeastern Conference rivals on the road in one of the most hostile environments in college basketball?

Florida’s surge will be tested Saturday against the No. 19/20 Kentucky Wildcats, which are coming off rare back-to-back losses and still looking to find the right mix of players during another infamous quick rebuild that includes a ton of high-tier freshman talent. The Gators will look to continue their charge as the Wildcats try to get back in the swing of things at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.

Here’s a look ahead at the game: what to know and how to watch Florida-Kentucky.

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Location: Rupp Arena – Lexington, Kentucky [Capacity: 23,000]
Time: 4 p.m. ET

TV: CBS (Spero Dedes, Bill Raftery)
Streaming Video: CBSSports.com
Mobile Video: CBS Sports app (iPhone | Android)
SiriusXM: 132/192 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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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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Gameday – Big 12/SEC Challenge – Florida Gators vs. No. 9 West Virginia: How to watch, game picks

Florida Gators basketball has struggled against the best teams its faced this season. On Saturday, it faces its toughest test of the 2015-16 campaign (as well as its last nonconference game until a potential postseason run) when it hosts the No. 9 West Virginia Mountaineers as part of the 2016 Big 12/SEC Challenge at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Here’s a look ahead at the game: what to know and how to watch Florida-West Virginia.

Viewing information

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 11,548]
Time: 12 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN (Mark Jones, Kara Lawson)
Streaming Video: WatchESPN.com
Mobile Video: Watch ESPN app (iPhone) / (Android)
SiriusXM: 84 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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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 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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Florida Gators football sneaks into final top 25 polls of 2015 season

The Florida Gators (10-4) were embarrassed in three straight games to end the 2015 campaign, getting outscored a combined 97-24 in losses to Florida State (27-2), Alabama (29-15) and Michigan (41-7).

Still, the Gators somehow snuck into the very bottom of the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll when the final rankings were released early Tuesday morning following the Crimson Tide’s victory in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Florida continued its free fall, dropping six spots to No. 25 in the AP Top 25 and seven spots to No. 25 in the Coaches Poll. UF can hold its head high, however, as it remained ranked in the polls for the vast majority of the season after failing to sniff the poll in 2014.

Overall, the Gators were one of five SEC teams in the final AP Top 25, joining Alabama (1), Ole Miss (10), LSU (16) and Tennessee (22), all of which were 2015 opponents for UF. Michigan and Florida State, two other Florida opponents, checked in at No. 12 and No. 14, respectively.

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