Florida drops third straight, falls at Tennessee

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Florida guard Chris Chiozza (11) is defended by Tennessee guards Jordan Bone (0) and Jordan Bowden (23) during the second half Wednesday in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Crystal LoGiudice)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. —  This time, there was no lead to squander.

Florida played from behind for most of the night against No. 19 Tennessee and was unable to catch up in a 62-57 loss to the Vols at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Gators (17-11, 8-7 SEC) suffered their third straight loss, matching a season-high three-game losing streak from Nov . 26 to Dec. 9. The loss also dropped UF into a six-way tie for third place in the SEC with Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri and Arkansas.

Next up for Florida is SEC-leading Auburn at the O’Connell Center on Saturday night, which will be no easy task.

The Gators lost despite out-rebounding Tennessee 38-36 and outscoring the Vols 16-4 in second chance points Wednesday night.

“This game, we played as hard as any game we’ve played in the whole year,” Florida senior point guard Chris Chiozza said. “You’re upset whenever you lose but this is one of those losses where you say, you take it like a man, we played hard, they played hard. They were able to pull it out.

“The two games before that we made mistakes which have put us in this position.”

Junior guard Jalen Hudson led three UF scorers in double figures with 13 points, Chiozza added 11 points and nine assists, while forward Keith Stone scored 11 points. Ultimately, the Gators were unable to stop Tennessee sophomore forward Grant Williams, who led all scorers with 23 points. Florida also was done in by an off-shooting night, going 35 percent from the field, 25 percent (6-24) from 3-point range and 56.3 percent (9-16) from the free throw line.

“We had some open 3s, which are hard to come by against Tennessee, that didn’t go down,” Florida coach Mike White said. “We didn’t convert at the foul like we needed to and of course, at the rim we continue to struggle.”

Defensively, White said he couldn’t fault UF’s effort, even though Williams had his way in the paint most of the night. Tennessee (20-7, 10-5 SEC) outscored Florida 32-28 in points in the paint. The Gators held the Vols to 43.4 percent shooting from the field and 30 percent shooting from 3-point range.

“We’ve had three or four games where we’ve guarded at a high level and one of them was tonight,” White said.

Florida trailed 33-23 after Admiral Schofield and Lamonte Turner hit back-to-back 3-pointers with 15:51 left in the first half. But the Gators showed resolve, going on a 9-0 run fueled by defense. Stone scored four points during the run, including a three-point play that cut Tennessee’s lead to 33-32.

An inside layup by redshirt freshman forward Dontay Bassett cut Tennessee’s lead to 37-36 before the Vols answered with a 7-0 run, going up 44-36 on a three-point play by Schofield.The run started on a dunk by Tennessee sophomore guard Jordan Bowden that was the result of a breakdown in transition defense.

“Defensive transition hurt us a little bit, too,” White said. “We gave up a 3 in the first half just jogging back. We had about three or four possessions where we were just jogging around.”

After an Egor Koulechov 3-pointer cut Tennessee’s lead to 44-41, the Vols pounded the ball inside to Williams, who was too much for UF to handle. Williams made a pair of inside baskets to put the Vols back up 48-42, then Bowden hit a jumper to put UT up 52-42.

Florida made a late run, cutting Tennessee’s lead to 60-57 on a driving basket by Chiozza with 23.6 seconds left. But Chiozza missed a free throw trying to convert a 3-point play. Bowden then hit a pair of free throws with 13.6 seconds left to seal the win.

From the start, the Gators had issues handling Tennessee’s defensive pressure. Florida made just 2 of its first 11 shots, falling behind 12-5 on a jumper in the lane from sophomore guard Jordan Bone.

Florida withstood the early punch, rallying to cut Tennessee’s lead to 12-10 on a Koulechov 3-pointer. The Gators then took a brief 17-16 lead on a Chiozza putback of a Mike Okauru missed layup attempt after Okauru came up with a steal.

“We knew Tennessee would come out with incredible aggression, intensity and edge from the tip,” White said. “Early on our goal was to not give up live ball turnovers more than anything, let’s get shots at the rim, let’s give ourselves an opportunity to get to the offensive glass.”

The Gators, though, couldn’t sustain the momentum. The Vols closed the half with an 11-1 run. James Daniel hit a 3-pointer to put UT up 21-17. Then, Williams scored three straight inside baskets, including a dunk to put the Vols up 27-18 at halftime.

Florida shot just 26.9 percent from the field in the first half and 10 percent from 3-point range (1-10) to finish with a season-low for points in the first half. The Gators were even woeful from the free-throw line, going 3 of 7 with Chiozza missing the front end of a one-and-one.

“We didn’t get some shots to fall early,” Chiozza said. “We got the ball in the paint a couple of times and we weren’t playing off jump stops with two feet.”

No. 19 TENNESSEE 62, FLORIDA 57
FLORIDA (17-11)

Stone 3-9 4-7 11, Hayes 4-5 1-2 9, Chiozza 5-10 0-2 11, Allen 0-3 0-0 0, Koulechov 2-10 1-2 7, Bassett 2-3 0-0 4, Gak 0-0 0-0 0, Ballard 0-4 0-0 0, Okauru 1-5 0-0 2, Hudson 4-11 3-3 13. Totals 21-60 9-16 57.

TENNESSEE (20-7)

Williams 8-13 7-8 23, Schofield 7-17 1-1 16, Alexander 0-0 0-0 0, Bowden 2-5 5-6 9, Bone 3-9 0-0 6, Pons 0-0 0-0 0, Fulkerson 0-2 0-0 0, Daniel 1-3 0-0 3, J.Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Darrington 0-0 0-0 0, Turner 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 23-53 13-15 62.

Halftime_Tennessee 27-18. 3-Point Goals_Florida 6-24 (Koulechov 2-6, Hudson 2-6, Chiozza 1-2, Stone 1-6, Ballard 0-1, Okauru 0-1, Allen 0-2), Tennessee 3-10 (Turner 1-1, Daniel 1-2, Schofield 1-4, Bowden 0-1, Williams 0-1, Bone 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Florida 37 (Hayes 8), Tennessee 29 (Schofield 8). Assists_Florida 12 (Chiozza 9), Tennessee 13 (Bowden, Bone 4). Total Fouls_Florida 19, Tennessee 15.

133 COMMENTS

  1. I can’t even think right now. Need a new tv as my remote is currently stuck in tbe center of my 4k Samsung….I literally dream about what this team could have been with a healthy front court…I LOVE Mike White, and I know he’s been taking a lot of heat, but let’s be real. We don’t even have a healthy center, let alone a reliable backup 5. Anyone remember Chris Richard??? Imagine the 06 team without him and either Noah or Horford injured all year. 😠😠😡😡😡.

  2. This Gator team just isn’t good. They are fair at best. Allen has been the most inconsistent with what’s expected of him. He has failed miserably as a junior. They are doomed with no paint presence scoring or defending. The most inconsistent team in America. First round exit awaits them. Pitiful to post Chris. Ineffective bench and clueless coach.

    • No, in key situations, we shouldn’t be relying on cheese playing with his back to the basket and no motion from the other 4 on the court. That’s why we lost at Vandy. Egor picked up his fourth, right after he hit 3 threes in a row, all shots created from playing instinctive team basketball. Then we take him out, proceed to post cheese 1 on 1 with no motion for thr next 4 or 5 possessions, and end up losing by 3. When we have NO BIG MEN ON THE COURT, we need to run more pick and roll action at the top of the key, with either Stone, Egor, or Hudson, setting the pick (or slipping the pick and rim running, as all well coached teams would switch to defend the 3 on any of those “bigs) in key situations down the stretch. I love Cheese. But hes a 5 on 5 point guard. Not a 1 on 1, give me the ball and get out of my f****** way point guard…..oh and btw, if we wwre making layups, let alone wide open 3s, he could have had ten assists in the first half.

      • Excellent points. Agreed.

        Tennessee was going to be a tough out on the road anyway…it’s just follwing 2 poor losses. This L on it’s own merit doesn’t kill me…it’s the entirety of the season that makes it sting, especially to the fire Mike White crowd…a troll community of one that will not get a life.

    • What on earth happened to Allen?! Going into the season, if you were to tell me that Egbunu wasn’t coming back and the other young bigs wouldn’t be healthy, I would have said “ok, been here before … we will be fine as long as the other guys play like last year …” Allen falling off the face of the earth has been devastating to this already-shorthanded team.

    • Busby…Cheez is obviously struggling with issues with his knees and still plays his heart out. It’s obvious the team is worn down from having to try to guard inside and fight to rebound without a true big man at center while being pressed to be in two places at once to cover outside…so it’s no wonder they are worn down. Most of the losses were close and the officiating hasn’t helped lately. This team probably would be in the top ten in the country if the big guys were healthy. So-called fans like you only care about winning. These guys are beat up and worn down but they are not sorry like you described them and Coach White is trying to get the most out of his team without complaining about the loss of key players from injuries. He’s an excellent young coach and how quickly fickle fans turn ridiculously critical. Give it a break.

      • Prairiegator. Every team is beat up this time of year. No excuses. Their lack of improvement from game to game has to be called out. Cheese carries too much of the offense on his back. As a result, white shares a responsibility and blame for not developing a quality backup till late in the season. Their Coach has called them soft and I cosign that assessment. Allen has been the epitome of inconsistency. Last game he was benched for his lack of aggression…..a coaches decision. We Don’t reward mediocrity. When I see disciplined poised aggression with passion, I’ll praise it.

  3. Finally, Florida came out and played SEC basketball. Had we been playing inside and grinded it out in this manner all year, we would be much more proficient. It was all new for our players…My only critique would be, you have to take a player of Grant Williams’ caliber out of his game. You can’t play him with finesse, otherwise, he will play at his maximum capability and take the game over. Shake him up mentally and physically. Also, Allen was wide open for a layup and chose to take the 3 with no rebound support. Let’s get the points! Big mistake. The bench players showed they can play too! No let up for the team…great work! Also, recruits will want to play this style! Overall, an encouraging game. Go Gators!

  4. Have some faith, boys. There’s no doubt that obstacles have made this a learning season for our coach, but If you don’t think White can coach, then you don’t know basketball. Take the 3 of the top 4 bigs off every team we’ve played and let’s start the season over. Be real people. What other coach residing over a team that is actually competing in one of the two deepest leagues in the country, is throwing jerseys on his assistants just to practice. Again, just try and use some common sense, and imagine this team with a healthy Egbunu and Gak. Then imagine it with healthy Egbunu, Gak, Johnson, and Stokes. If you need help, watch tape on every minute Gak and Johnson played this year. Then imagine the development that could have been if chase had played all year. I really don’t think any of you that criticize White realize how talented Gak and Johnson are. If they were healthy, Basset and Ballard probably would have redshirted. If Egbunu and Gak were healthy, Chase, Basset and Ballard probably would have redshirted. Has anyone ever played basketball as a true point guard? Do any of you know how much easier the game is with a big like Egbunu and a PF like Hayes in the paint??? Remember that beautiful behind the head pass from cheese to Okaru for a missed three in tbe firdt half? With Egbunu at 5 and Hayes at 4, that’s an easy, “bail me out” alleyoop for cheese.

    • Kenny, I respect your optimism, but look at how we did last year without Egbunu. He isn’t there this year accept it. The team is not losing because of no Egbunu, it is losing because White has made no second half adjustments all season, while the opposing coaches have. That is why we have blown almost every lead we have had in the second half. Gak has no idea how to use his 7 feet of height for rebounding or blocking shots and still has bad hands. KeVaughn Allen was picked pre-season all SEC because of what everyone thought was his scoring ability. While he has contributed defensively and with some good assists, his inability to score consistently has hurt this team. There is no “what-if”…This is a bad team and a badly coached team.

        • Kenny don’t sweat it, RSGATOR is probably one of those fans that expected the football team to be dominating everyone with only 30 scholarship players available. There’s far too many fans in this fan base that have completely unrealistic expectations. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard fans bash White and claim he’s no Billy Donnovan even though he’s already been far more successful than BD was in his first 3 seasons. Once the unrealistic side of this fan base has their mind set on something, there’s no reasoning with them.

      • Again, I appreciate your consideration of what you call optimism, but Kevaugn is averaging 1 assist per 15 minutes of floor time. I apologize for sounding brash with some of y’all. That is not my intention. I am simply pointing out the holes that any one WITH ANY basketball IQ would see in your posts.

      • So, RSGator, if I understand you correctly what you’re saying is that Coach White doesn’t get credit for the team advancing to the Elite 8 last year, but he gets all the blame for their shortcomings this year. Did I get that right?

        • Right…you can’t discount the other 2 years. You can, however, criticize his coaching moves. What I don’t get is calling for his head…that makes zero sense to me considering the sum of his work thus far…AND the season isn’t over.

    • Every team can use the “If” word time after time, regardless their circumstances. With Bruce Pearl, for example, the Gators would probably be sitting at 24-4 now, not White’s 17-11. It might take you until next season to realize it but Florida is being coached by a boy and a fake!

  5. If 3gor is hitting shots, it might account for him getting dogged in the paint , otherwise he is liability. Coach White should let more subs play. Hayes and other small forward should continually be made to go inside but coach gives up too f***Ing quick on the inside game.

    • Who would we get then? Were you posting this crap last year? It’s been one year, and you fire a guy? Are you one of those cats like Tennessee fans thinking Gruden was coming there for football? Why don’t we get Coach K, or Roy Williams, or Jay Wright like someone said on another post…smh? Florida is not a blue blood program…it’s a football school that has only consistently won for less than 20 years. Billy D left at 16-17…he went to back to back NIT tourneys after winning the title, with 2 McDonald All Americans. We JUST LAST YEAR were on the precipice of a Final 4 appearance. Why would anyone come hear with half of the fanbase being so unrealistic?

  6. What the hell has White done to this team? This was a team of shooters- that’s what he had to work with. He got up their arses so much all year about becoming a defensive team that none of them can hit a 3 to save the universe now. Even free throws have started to look like a coin flip. These guys are as much shooters now as I am and White is to blame. They either need a sports shrink or more dedicated time practicing what this team was good at. They are starting to look a lot like Mcelwain’s football offenses. WTF. Is it the AD? Is it the president? Who’s the one making decisions without a pair of balls? Next our baseball team will be doing nothing but bunting. Look, defense is great when you have the parts, but some seasons you just have to win games 95-85.

  7. For my UF mental health, I went to bed at half time. It’s got to the point that it seems we just don’t have a chance to win, even with the recent big leads. I’m not a basketball expert, BUT it appears to me the Cheese is running around on the offensive end, trying to find an open guy or something, and the other four don’t know where to go OR MOVE!!!

  8. I am amazed at the recent play of Chris especially in the last three games, he can’t even score which ever way he goes. he even misses his free throws, he plays dazed . The other two main players we have including the much hallowed guard are the same.
    What’s up coach white? its your job to get special attention to those leaders and get them ready to play.
    Or did you give up too?

  9. Just a thought. Foley had a pretty good reputation while at Florida, right? Well, before this Kennedy lookalike got out of Dodge, he dumped a huge pile of McElwain/White Feces in the Gators’ kitchen! So, upon retiring, had there been some turmoil where Foley was slick enough to give the middle finger to UF on the way out?

  10. We have no inside presence this year which makes us a 3 point team. That was obvious again last night everyone hung around the 3 line and was waiting for the other to make a play. They all drove straight to the hoop one on one. If we make our 3’s then we probably win, miss and it’s over. It’s been that way all year we’ve just gone cold from the 3….maybe we get hot again if we can still make the tournament.

  11. It’s a disgusting, sickening team but it’s not Michelle White’s fault — after all, she’s only the Head Coach. If they lose out (that’s more than just a possibility), White will have finished the season 8-12!
    Think Brockway tweeted that White was 11-17 at Florida in games decided by five or fewer points.
    Don’t think for a minute though that she can’t coach!!

    Thought of something. Michelle White would be perfect to replace Geno Auriemma at UConn. She would be happier and much better suited for the ladies game.

    Almost the same slugs and malcontents back next year. Michelle, one the college basketball’s brightest coaches, back also. Do think that Ballard and Okauru will leave and one recruit will ask out of his commitment. They will be picked toward the bottom of the SEC standings next season and will finish near the bottom. White is the monumental mistake that will keep giving and giving.

    The administration and Athletic Department heads are sitting in plush offices with fat wallets and fat titles — they do not care — for now. After next season, they will be forced to remove heads from sand.

    • Coach White took Billy D’s team, from his last year here which didn’t even get an invite to the NIT, and took them to THE N.I.T. FINAL FOUR in White’s 1st year here!
      Then White took the Gators to the ELITE 8 in the NCAA TOURNEY in only his 2nd year (and now he, ”can’t coach”!?!?) Well, people, he’s missing 1/4 of his team to season long injuries (with an average height of 6′ 9”).
      And ”bf” a ”boy” is someone who can’t use a real PROFILE PIC with his hate filled comments…like you do, or use a REAL NAME, bf? Really!?!? In fact, your initial starts the word, ”boy”! You must be mad ’cause Mike White is here at a real school, and in do time will be another BILLY ‘D’! And your school of choice can’t even find an NCAA TOURNEY WINNING COACH! Go Gators! I bleed Orange & Blue ’till I die!
      While you, bf, are a RUSSIAN TROLL, or perhaps an FSU MOLE, but probably just a punk a@* with too much time! CHOMP-CHOMP!

        • ”Weak”, boy, is saying the things you say with ZERO SELF-CONFIDENCE!
          If you had an iota of self-confidence you’d print your REAL NAME AND SHOW YOUR REAL FACE! That’s me, with Albert, all 6′ 4” and tons of fun of me!
          And I am all in! Where you at, boy? I have been to Hawthorne, I’ve been to Brooker, I’ve been to Micanopy, too! And I still reside in Hogtown!
          Now go to google map, boy, and look up all those places, as I think you are in Tally, or stuck in some real boondocks like Mississippi, or south Alabama!

      • gatorgi70x7, you can’t reason with this troll. If he is a Gator fan, he literally knows nothing about college basketball. At all. Where was this troll last year when the Gators finished 27-9 and made a deep tourney run AFTER losing Egbunu in February? Was he calling for Mike White’s head then? Doubtful. Just a fairweather chump. All of the success the team had last year? Oh that’s on the players, not on the coach. All of the shortcomings this year? Oh, that’s on the coach, not the players. This isn’t football. You’ve got 11 scholarship players. When some of these guys inexplicably fall flat (like Allen) or can’t get healthy (like all of our bigs), coaching isn’t going to magically change that.

      • Good for you gatorgi70x7 calling out bf for what he or she is. It’s one thing to have an opinion on a coach’s ability do his job, but not be nasty and insulting as bf is to continually refer to Mike White as a female. Note to bf: Show some class, if you know what that means.

  12. I could have DUNKED ON YOU and made you CRY, like the little boy you are, back in my prime! And now I could strap on a knee brace, and just back you down and SHOOT OVER YOU ALL DAY!
    And you think you ”know more than me about basketball”? I am only doing this ’cause you’re deserving of it, and I am representing the TOWN I WAS BRON IN and I WILL DIE IN, HOGTOWN!
    So sic your boy on me, I will send him packing, too! Go home bf, and find your bridge and charge your troll money to your FSU punks, or your Alabama big heads… either way, HERE I AM! Sic ’em, I got some sauce of my own!

  13. This team shows NO improvement over the course of the year. If anything they’ve regressed. They don’t seem to have the heart and competitive spirit to excel. Without inside scoring teams have figured uf out and next year won’t be any different. This is a NIT team but may squeeze in but will be outed first game. I have found a better peace of mind by not watching. UF baseball has gotten my attention. Without improvement next year I’d consider White to be on the hot seat.

  14. Bruce Pearl is not at all fond of Florida from his Tennessee days. He just lost a starter/big man due to injury but, knowing how to coach, he will seamlessly adjust. UF’s fake coach cannot do that.

    Auburn will come in Saturday and punk these Quittin’ Gators!

    Miss White should consider herself very lucky because they CANNOT finish below .500! Thus, maybe the NIT will let ’em in. Looks like they’ll be AT Southern Utah Valley in the first round.

  15. Just two minutes ago, heard this: Info will probably surface shortly after Florida’s last game. Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech, has taken a call about being a fit at Florida. I would be completely onboard
    with that! Stay tuned, perhaps a flicker of hope!

    • You’re not actually worth responding to, but your statement is actually one that is worth responding to. The fact that you throw Buzz Williams name out there says a lot about your lack of intelligence.
      A: Nothing on his resume shows Buzz would be an improvement.
      B: The VT job is just as good a job as the UF job! They are in a traditionally better basketball conference and why would he leave there?

  16. If the Gators and White had a healthy Egbunu or even Stokes to go in the middle, the game last night would have been a big win for the Gators. It is as simple as that. Florida cannot win in the SEC consistently without a big man in the middle. Tennessee scored at will in the paint last night and Hayes did his best but he is just not a center in the SEC. Power forward, yes. Center, no. And what has happened to Allen and Hudson? They are just a waste on the court right now. They hurt more than they help when they play right now. Looking forward to next year when Stokes will be in the middle, Johnson will return, and both to go with all the talent that returns and the outstanding recruiting class that White has signed. This team is just flawed with Egbunu, Stokes, and Johnson injured and on the bench. With them on the court right now, Florida is a Sweet 16 team for sure. NIT likely without them.

  17. Allen, Hayes, Stone and Hudson are zombies. Oh, you know Stokes can play, right? He hasn’t logged a minute. He’s looks like The Fridge from Chicago Bears lore as he’s eating about five Big Macs a day. Johnson will probably be released from concussion protocol sometime in early 2019. Who in the hell is “all the talent that returns”? Are you being sarcastic or funny? None of the recruits are taller than 6’5″. Also, Okauru and Ballard aren’t going to stick around for White’s crap — they’ll transfer.

  18. I can’t believe all the vile being spewed out about a nationally regarded young coach who never complains and holds himself accountable and whose players fight to the final buzzer in every game despite having to do more than should be expected at their positions due to the absence of needed big men under the basket. Some of these comments are beyond reprehensible and disgusting.

  19. For the first 8 games during the SEC season, the Gators scored an average of 76 points. For the last 8 they have scored an avg of 63. Plainly the team that was confident and aggressive earlier has become the team of fear and tentativeness. Don’t blame the coach for a lack of heart in the face of adversity. Chiozza may be a very good point guard, but he can’t do it by himself when everyone else is scared stiff and acts it on the court.

  20. Okay, this one is a mind blower! I like Joe Lunardi and I even checked to see if he graduated UF to rule out the bias angle! His latest bracketology (updated this morning) has Florida a 7-seed! Even AFTER losses to Vandy and Tennessee, he’s only moved them down from a 6-seed to a 7-seed! What??!! NO OTHER well known bracket predictors have Florida rated like this! In fact, forget a seeding number, many have Florida in the First Four Out and many say they’re not even in the field/conversation right now! If Brockway and Dooley are talking privately, neither of them thinks Florida should be in the field right now, either!

  21. Just lost to worst two teams in SEC UG and Vandy. then Tenn.
    Remaining schedule auburn, bama, ky, then SEC tournament.

    I do not see UF winning any more games.
    I do not see them getting a NCAA invite.
    They look like a team that will finish about 10th in final league standings.

    Something is very wrong with this team.
    I have noticed players looking over at coach after plays to see coach reaction. Players are not playing naturally.
    They are trying to do what coach has told them.
    I think coach is telling them the right things.
    BUT all this changing them into different players, the players have lost who they are and what they did well.
    That is shoot the ball very very well.
    This should have been the best shooting team in UF history.
    They look like they are playing hard.
    They look like they have no B Ball IQ.

    At this point I would love to see them have fun while they are playing.
    Just go out and go crazy.
    Try and score 100 pints.

    After the season transfers may tell us something

    The B Ball season is over.

    I still like this team and coach, but can no longer watch the “train wreck” play and results.

    Good news – baseball season has started, football has started up.
    All of the other sports are nationally ranked.

    MLB – started

    Olympics – still going

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  22. Prediction: If Florida is left out of the NCAA tourney, White will be fired. Thought about it some more and concluded that the Athletic Department MUST rid themselves of this poison — NOW! Another year would be lethal on a number of fronts.

  23. Everybody on here knows I’m not one to pile on.
    Florida State will be in the NCAA tournament.
    University of Florida will not be in the NCAA tournament.
    Just a wild guess that it has something to do with Hamilton and White. Just a guess.

        • In 2018 RIGHT NOW…FSU has zero chips. LAST year with an ULTRA talented team..he laid the typical egg he always does. What a terrible job he did last year with all of those horses. Safe bet they will still have 1 final four appearance…last I believe in 1972…lmao….last elite 8 (you have 2) with Charlie Ward and Doug Edwards…LOLOLOL! That Means Leonard Hamilton has the big goose egg in both categories, U. North Florida chump aka Nole jock sniffer.

          Thanks Dummy Buckets for your low hoops IQ…it’s rather entertaining at this point.

          Boy we aspire to have that legacy!

  24. The big question Saturday against Auburn is whether
    Florida will lay down and quit even before halftime. I believe it’s better than 50-50 that they will.

    Also, if Buzz Williams is offered the job, he will not turn it down!

  25. It didn’t work this season so if White returns (yuck!), among Hudson, Allen, Stone and Hayes, which of them will start the opener next season? You experts out there should be able to come up with a reasonable answer.

  26. I’ve been a loyal fan of Gator teams in various sports and other endeavors since 1957 or ’58 (four or five years before I became a student) , and there have been many ups and downs along the way. I’m no “expert” in any sport, not having been much of an athlete myself, but I recognize good coaches and players when I see them in action, and I can tell you that Mike White is a darn good coach. When his players are good, and his big guys are healthy, he produces very fine teams. You can look it up, as Yogi or someone similar used to say. Anyone wanting him to leave the UF job so soon after two very good seasons, followed by one in which he has had to “fight with one hand tied behind his back,” is just plain wrong. Mike White is a class act, even though his team has had some problems this year. The last I knew, neither he nor anyone making comments in this space has the power to miraculously heal the sick or lame players or anyone else. This season is ending soon, and he and his staff will hit the recruiting road. Maybe he will find a healthy big man or two or three who will be able to jell with the hold-over guys, and make next year and those to come a lot more successful and fun for the players, coaches and the fans as well. “