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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, VOLUME SEVEN

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, VOLUME FIVE

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, VOLUME FOUR

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 »

THE FOUR-POINT PLAY, VOLUME THREE

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 »

THE FOUR-POINT PLAY, VOLUME TWO

The Four-Point Play comes at you after a long day of basketball although I did sneak in a couple of Mary Tyler Moore Shows. * Look, nobody is suggesting that LSU or Oklahoma are any good. They are not. One is well-coached but lacking in talent. The other is LSU. Still, to do what Florida did on the road this week was impressive. One thing for sure, this a history-making team. It broke the streak for made threes, then set… Read More »

THE FOUR-POINT PLAY, VOLUME ONE

Those of you who check out my Sunday Blog during football season may have wondered why I don’t do the same during basketball season. So did I. So, hoops, there it is. I wondered how far Florida would fall in RPI after that bad loss to Vanderbilt and it wasn’t all that bad. The Gators were 11th on Sunday morning while Vandy jumped up from 83rd to 57th with its road win. Florida could use a sweep this week on… Read More »