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Rain and the Bob

It made sense. The 23rd Bob Dooley Invitational was scheduled for June 24 so I’d take a week of vacation to get ready for it. But Mother Nature gave me a not-so-fast. Meadowbrook Golf Course, as many of you know, does not handle torrential rain well. It certainly doesn’t handle daily torrential downpours well. Nor does it handle water being pumped from other flooded areas well. So parts of the course has been under water despite the best efforts of… Read More »

Suggestions for the commish

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey stirred things up a little last week when he mentioned the possibility of the SEC Media Days moving away from Hoover, Ala. You go, commish! This is a league that is very SEC West-centric. The office of the SEC is in Birmingham which is a big reason why the meetings are there. It’s simply easier for everyone in the league office. And the Wynfrey Hotel is a great spot for the event in terms of the… Read More »

McElwain on KeVaughn call

During a media opportunity earlier this week, Jim McElwain was fired up about Gator basketball even while he was working his team through spring football. He predicted that Florida sophomore KeVaughn Allen would break out of his shooting slump in Madison Square Garden. It took a half of missed shots (he started 2-for-10) but Allen eventually finished 11-of-24 with a career-high 35 points in Florida’s thrilling 84-83 win over Wisconsin. Here’s McElwain’s response in a text message to the Sun:… Read More »

Chiozza shot the new No. 1

NEW YORK CITY — Everything is a little fuzzy this morning because I left Madison Square Garden at 2 a.m. and my man Jason at Characters Bar and Grill was pouring until 4 a.m. But it’s time to go to interviews soon. Florida vs. South Carolina for the Final Four. Yeah, we all knew that was coming. I have been asked this question a bunch since Chris Chiozza made his running, floating three to win the game — was it… Read More »

It’s an odd pairing at MSG

It was bizarre. It was bizarre not to see Florida doing interviews in Madison Square Garden on the eve of its Sweet 16 game against Wisconsin but to also see South Carolina. There may be a lot of chalk in the NCAA Tournament but not here, not in the mecca of college basketball where dirty snow and bags of garbage line the sidewalks. This East Regional is the NCAA Tournament at its most unpredictable. The top two seeds are gone,… Read More »

A look at Florida’s bracket

Florida got what it hoped for despite losing three of its last four games — a trip to Orlando. The Gators drew a four seed and will face East Tennessee State in the opener. ETSU won the Southern Conference tournament and finished 27-7. It played two SEC teams, beating Mississippi State and losing to Tennessee. It’s a talented team that Seth Davis already said he’s picking to pull the first-round upset. If Florida gets out of the first round, the… Read More »


The Four-Point Play comes at you after taking a week off for, well, for, um, let’s not live in the past. * Sometimes there is just that team that gets you. The 2006 national champs had South Carolina. This Florida team has Vanderbilt. Mike White is now 0-4 against the Commodores, but three of the losses have come by a total of five points. Somehow, some way, White has to figure out why KeVaughn Allen goes invisible sometimes. He gets… Read More »


The Four-Point Play comes at you in between Gator baseball games and after a wild Saturday of hoop fever. * We were having this debate the other day about who Florida’s best player is and we came to the conclusion the answer is none of the above. Seriously, I don’t think Florida has a best player. And that’s a big reason why the Gators are 22-5. Everyone contributes in their own way and at their own time. KeVaughn Allen carries… Read More »


The Four-Point Play comes at you after another fun Saturday. Me likey those noon Gator home games and the rooftop at the Social. * Canyon Barry’s free throw streak has been pretty amazing. His goal is to get to 90 percent and by making 39 straight he is now at 89.7 percent. If he makes his next three, he’ll be 90-of-100, which I believe is 90 percent. He also broke Taurean Green’s 11-year old record for consecutive free throws Saturday… Read More »


Today’s BasketBlog comes at you after a wild night at the O-Dome and my ears are still ringing. * Not only did Florida beat Kentucky by the most points in UF history but Florida’s rebounding margin was the most allowed by a John Calipari-coached Kentucky team. By seven rebounds. The previous worst margin came in the Tennessee game the game after Nerlens Noel blew out his ACL in Gainesville in 2013. Six UF players had at least four rebounds and… Read More »