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HOOPS: Gators thump Dawgs, break school-record home winning streak

 

GAINESVILLE -- No. 7 Florida dismantled Georgia in a laugher Tuesday night, dominating a rattled Bulldogs team 72-50 en route to a school-record 25th consecutive victory inside the O'Connell Center. 

Sophomore sniper Michael Frazier scored a career-high 21 points, as Florida (14-2, 3-0 SEC) drilled a season-high 11 3-pointers -- including six-straight during a shooting barrage in the second half. 

"We did a really good job tonight -- to our guys' credit -- not baiting and taking the first three," UF coach Billy Donovan said. "We moved the ball. When it hit the paint, it came back out and we shot it. Those are the threes you want to shoot." 

Frazier, who struggled early (just 1-of-8 from downtown) and was actually pressed by teammates and coaches to shoot more, nailed four treys in three minutes as UF extended its lead to a game-high 31 points with three minutes remaining in the second half. 

"[Donovan] sparked me," Frazier said. "He told us sometimes he has more confidence than we do un ourselves. Once he said that I just kept shooting."  

Georgia (8-7, 2-1 SEC) actually entered the meeting undefeated in conference play and briefly led 2-0 in the game's opening minute, but the Bulldogs never held a lead the rest of the night.  

UGA's recent run of surprising play was quite short-lived, as Florida -- playing without leading scorer Casey Prather (knee bruise) -- jumped out to a 36-16 halftime lead thanks to 17 points off 12 UGA turnovers. 

The Bulldogs scored a season-low 16 first-half points.

Florida -- No. 16 nationally in defensive efficiency -- suffocated Georgia with a blitzing full-court press and a constantly changing two-man trap. 

The Gators exploded for a 26-4 run -- including 11-0 and 10-0 spurts -- to cruise towards its eighth-straight victory.  

UGA, clearly rattled by UF's relentless pressure, self-combusted facing UF's tenacious press coupled with its raucous crowd. 

"We did a really good job with our press," Donovan said. "I was happy with the way we played."

Georgia point guard Charles Mann, the reining SEC Player of the Week, had a disastrous performance, as Scottie Wilbekin & Co. harassed the sophomore guard into five turnovers -- all in the first half. Mann finished the evening with just two assists and eight points. 

"We lost our poise," Georgia forward Marcus Thornton said. "Once you get behind the eight-ball in a place like Florida, they will crush you quickly. The game was decided right there in the first half."  

Per usual, Florida was forced to overcome a short second-half lull, but Georgia never cut the deficit under 14. 

"It's really hard to get guys to try to sustain that intensity for 40 minutes," Donovan said. "We had a spurt there in the second half where we weren't great, but then I thought we exploded late. With about 10 minutes to go in the game we really exploded offensively and got some stops."

Seniors Will Yeguete (12 points, six rebounds) and Patric Young (10 points, nine rebounds) -- on Patric Young Beard Night -- chipped in solid performances, while sophomore forward Dorian Finney-Smith (14 points, five rebounds, three assists) continued his recent consistent play.  

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Several students wore homemade "FREE CHRIS WALKER" t-shirts, as the freshman forward remains in limbo waiting for the NCAA's ruling on eligibly.

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Florida's Rowdy Reptiles continuously chanted the slogan throughout the evening. … Former Gators Chris Richard (2003-07) and Erik Murphy (2009-13) were in attendance. … Florida's backcourt -- Wilbekin and freshman Kasey Hill -- combined for 10 assists (five each), four steals and zero turnovers. … The Gators and Bulldogs finished with identical rebounding numbers: 23 total, 11 offensive. 

VIDEO: Donovan talks UF's defensive effort and getting his senior-laden team to buy into his scheme

  

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What a great place to play that O Dome. The definition of home court advantage. The raucous crowd and the suffocating defense go hand in hand.
Just wait til we get back Prather and Chris Walker, it seems unfair that such a good team could get better.
But this is The University of Florida and this is who we are.
Gooooooooooooooo Gators!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is how it's done ... It's Called CLOSING, which U won't do.

Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp has flipped an ESPN 300 commitment for the third time in the past week.

Another Florida recruiting win

By flipping Thomas Holley from Penn State, Florida gains a stout defensive tackle while showing that a disappointing season hasn't carried over into recruiting.


The No. 51 prospect in the country, defensive tackle Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln), switched his commitment Wednesday from Penn State to Florida.

Last week, five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Academy) and four-star running back Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) flipped their commitments from Arizona and Miami, respectively, to the Gators.

After Bill O'Brien left Penn State to become coach of the Houston Texans, Holley reconsidered his decision.

"I think it was just kind of hard for me to build a relationship with a coaching staff in two weeks, when I had spent 10 months building a relationship with the previous coaching staff," Holley said. "It really came down to the why between Penn State and Florida. At Florida, I already had a great relationship with the coaching staff, so it made it an easier decision."

Jls, you finally had the nerve to post, guess that football hangover is over huh. Don't worry you will be reminded soon enough how bad they are when spring camp starts, bawaahhhaaa

Chris Walker will be eligible Jan. 25 for the Tenn. home game.

Book it.

Lol...jlo is back from the fantasy vacation on the moon with his family.

#1 gators? Is that screenname from the arrest category? Best ranking I could find on ufelons is #4 in the state of florida, but that doesnt hold much water when your team is #74 in the AP poll.

If we are #4 u must be #5.

We never lost to red headed step child of the state.

Go Bulls

I'm touched that the resident Miami Morons missed me so much. Let me see if I can address the right troll. Sid you don't have to go to the moon to unplug and spend time with friends and family. I know, I know, you don't have any friends. I know your family is embarrassed about you and disowned you. You just have to trust me on this. BTW, your "kryptonite to recruits" screen name proved to be lame, un true and just plain stupid. What else is new right?
Orlando I find it ironic that you "protect" your new name with typepad. Guess you don't want any ole idiot to steal your name. Just like you did to Jim Gallo right? I know you have experience with all the trolling and name stealing. So much so that you accuse others of doing the same, you think this is normal and everybody does the same stupid things you do.
You are wrong. But everybody knows you are wrong, always wrong, no news here. You are one sorry Moron, I click on your "typepad name" and see that you only post here. Yet "cane" is part of your name. A cane that only cares about the Gators. Big time Gator envy.
Now I found something disturbing, it says you are a "father of six". How can a Moron like you bring 6 innocent lives to this world? You should be locked up for child abuse. Hope the six are with their respective mothers and far from your negative influence.
Hope to have been neutered to prevent any more child endangerment. If not go right away to your local animal shelter and do the rest of humanity a big favor.
Now do not expect me to devote any more time corresponding with either of you in the future, you are still a sorry pair of Morons.

hope YOU have been neutered, that is

Maybe this new rb can help the 120th ranked offense....no, there is no oline to block for him. He will end up injured like all the qb's that have no protection. Well look at the bright side, now there is an ACC offensive coordinator in the house t try to save muschumps job. Unfortunately musneverbeachamp cannot evaluate talent and 8 fivestar olinemen will not save his job . Gonna lmao when Axle Foley calls Golden for a job interview just like Tennessee UCLA,and Penn st.did.
Cant believe someone above brought up a USF loss right after getting hammered by georgia southeast, a div ll football team with 20 less scholarships player and more injuries than ufelons had. Muschump is a lifetime assistant and that game exposed him.

You guys want to bring up usf right after you lost to div ll Georgia southern who started the year with 20 less scholarship players AND had more injured players than ufelony had ? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha . You have to admit there is a problem with your oline before you can fix it and your coach keeps changing coordinators . Sometimes its the evaluators that are wrong . Muschump is responsible. He can change his staff all he wants but talent on the field will catch up to him by next seasons end. USF, LMAO!

ESPN reported that ufelons new coordinator has his work cut out for him. They said " he had more talent at Duke to work with". Not my words. Makes you go hmmmmmhahahahaha.

Excuse me cane idiots, this is a basketball story. Not our fault that there is no news about cane basketball, that is normal for you.
Hope SkyWalker is indeed free by Jan 25. The rich get richer while the mediocre wallow in their irrelevance.

Not so sure about that Walker info. Not saying it won't happen but it's becoming more and more possible he may never play this season. The NCAA is really dragging its feet on any sort of ruling either way.

Read between the lines...

Walker ‘not free’ yet

Florida freshman McDonald’s All-American forward Chris Walker was on the bench, but once again did not play against Georgia due to NCAA clearance issues.

The 6-foot-10 Walker has sat out seven games since joining UF on Dec. 16. He is enrolled for the spring semester. The delay in Walker playing currently stems not from academic issues, but from the NCAA looking into an undisclosed pre-eligibility issue.

Students at Tuesday night’s UF-Georgia game wore “Free Chris Walker” T-shirts. Veteran ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale also has been outspoken that the NCAA should come to a quicker resolution on Walker’s status.

The NCAA has not returned an interview request from The Sun seeking comment on the status and specifics of the investigation. Florida also has declined comment on Walker’s status, citing student privacy issues.

Asked about Walker on Monday, Donovan said: “I have hope and optimism that a kid that has been totally forthright and honest and has given everything he possibly could, that you know, the NCAA will do the right thing.”

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The answer is right there in Todays G'ville Sun. The NCAA HAS made it's decision and suspended Walker for issues that had nothing to do with academics or the Gators recruitment of him. This all has to do with benefits, shoes, sweats, travel costs, from his Summer AAU team. Now the question is whether he's suspened for 9 games and can play in the 10th. game against Tenn. or 10 games and can play in the 11th. at Miss St. Billy knows, but cannot say a thing until the day he's 100% eligibile. Standard protocol.

Jesse, if you contact Larry Vettel WRUF-850am, and ask him off the record, he'll give you a roundabout answer without directly answering, that Walker will be back soon, because he knows the facts that Billy and Florida knows, but cannot announce at this time.

But to say, "but it's becoming more and more possible he may never play this season. The NCAA is really dragging its feet on any sort of ruling either way." You couldn't be more far off or wrong. If the kid wasn't going to play this Season, and they would know, do you really think he'd stick around and not start getting ready for the NBA draft, which he'd be eligible for after being out of High School for 1 year.

That next question is, after playing the Final 12-13 games of the 2014 Season, SEC Tourney and the Dancing in March, will he then make the decision to stay for his full Soph Season and show out with his boy Kasey Hill. That, is looking more and more likely as well.

But, as a problem right now for the Gator Basketball team, it's really not a bad problem to have.

Stay tuned, won't be long now. It's going to be an interesting Final 4 Run. The 1-3-1 Defense mixed in with Man and 2-3 that the Gators will run with a 9-10 deep rotation will be suffocating.

Too bad for Walker if that is so. However our team is kicking butt without him so we will be fine either way.
Next season he will be ready along with Harris and Murphy so we won't miss a beat, talk about a reload.
On our way to the Big Dance.
Go Gators!!

why did U delete my comment ?

To much truth in it ?

Do some investigative research reporting.

So damn funny that sid continues talking trash about football. There's absolutely nothing more delusional than a cane fan, where mediocrity is the norm, continues to talk trash! Please cane fans just win one ACC championship for once in program history, that's all. Not really asking for much. At least then it might make sense to talk trash!

Al gator is as ignorant as the rest of the fans...#1 gator is the one who brought up football. You're almost as bad as muschump thinking a new o coordinator is gonna fix your talent problem or jlo thinking all you need is a kicker.

Gatordumb, win a couple more NCs before talking trash. FSU has as many as ufelons.

Didnt we win the Acc championship last year in basketball? Too bad yall cant forget the georgi southeastern game that fast.

Moron trash talking about football and when confronted with the simple fact about never ever sniffing the sorry ACC ship he mentions basketball.
Basketball????????????????????????? Are you freaking serious???????????????????????????????????
Once in a lifetime fluke of a team, never to be repeated again, just look at the current team, and never happened before kind of deal. Shows you these Morons are all empty talk with NOTHING to back up the crap they spew.
On our way to the Big Dance AGAIN.
Go Gatos!

Go Gators! meant to say

Jlo is officially back lol. He said win the ACC, UM did. And its the toughest conference. If we had that sec schedule and the norm for ooc we would be dancing every year.

No comments have been deleted. Not sure what you're talking about, SKY

Cane retards, winning the ACC in basketball is like being ranked in the top 10 throughout the year. Who cares except u. Great, it proves nothing. Unless u bring home nets and the trophy it's like farting in the wind. We have two and they are back to back with a strong possibility of increasing that in the very near future. U guys will never win one, let alone play for one. That's a reality. No more talk ever again from u on this blog about basketball.

Time to make the donuts....

"Jlo is officially back lol. He said win the ACC, UM did. And its the toughest conference. If we had that sec schedule and the norm for ooc we would be dancing every year"

Excuse me retard but it wasn't me who said that. Who ever did say it was talking about football though.
In BB the ACC is probably the toughest conference that is the only true statement you have said. But your sorry team wll never win it again. A once in a lifetime deal last year, now forgotten.
If you had an SEC schedule and the occ teams the Gators play you would be where you are now, hoping to sneak in the NIT.
A Miami Moron talking basketball is the pinnacle of stupidity. What else is new.

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