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: 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: 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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Gameday – Florida Gators vs. Florida State: What to know, how to watch live, game picks

Florida Gators basketball has struggled against the three ranked teams it faced this season but will face its final tough test of the opening nonconference slate when it takes on the Florida State Seminoles on Tuesday 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-FSU.

Viewing information

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 11,548]
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST

TV: ESPN2 (Mark Jones, Dick Vitale)
Streaming Video: WatchESPN.com
Mobile Video: Watch ESPN app (iPhone) / (Android)
SiriusXM: 81 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators makes quick work of Richmond with 76-56 win in O’Dome

Florida Gators basketball (6-1) pulled ahead early and led the Richmond Spiders (4-3) wire-to-wire on Tuesday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

The 76-56 victory was UF’s performance best of the season with the opening 20 minutes an example of how the team will likely play in the future under head coach Mike White

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

Double double-doubles: A pair of players finished Tuesday’s game with double-doubles, marking the first time that two Gators did so in a single contest since Dec. 20, 2010. Redshirt sophomore center John Egbunu finished with team-highs of 17 points (7-of-9 shooting) and 14 rebounds, while sophomore forward Devin Robinson posted 12 points (4-of-10) and 13 boards. Redshirt senior F Dorian Finney-Smith came close to making it three players in double-doubles for the first time since Dec. 2005, but he fell short by a point on 3-of-12 shooting with 13 boards, seven assists and three blocks.

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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 vs. North Carolina A&T: What to know, how to watch on TV, live stream

Florida Gators basketball begins its 2015-16 home campaign Monday night when it hosts the North Carolina A&T Aggies at Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Here’s a look ahead at Monday’s game and the start of the team’s home season under new head coach Mike White: what to know and how to watch Florida-North Carolina A&T.

Viewing information

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 11,548]

Time: 8:00 p.m. EST

TV: None
Streaming Video: SEC Network+
Mobile Video: Watch ESPN app (iPhone) / (Android)
SiriusXM: 157/190 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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