Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways following UF’s 88-47 win over JU


Some observations following Florida’s 88-47 exhibition win against Jacksonville University:

— This team reminds me a lot of UF’s 2012 team with Bradley Beal, Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker due to its firepower on the perimeter. Considering point guard Chris Chiozza played just two minutes due to a sprained shoulder, Florida still managed 88 points thanks to its ability to spread the floor and fire away from outside Junior transfer guard Jalen Hudson can score off the bounce as well from outside (7-13 from floor, 4-7 from 3) and will help the Gators avoid the scoring droughts that plagued them at times last season.

— Florida outrebounded Jacksonville 50-33, but UF’s rebounding instincts on the defensive glass need work. Sophomore 6-11 center Gorjok Gak (5 points, 7 rebounds) and redshirt freshman forward Dontay Bassett (9 rebounds) did some good things on the boards, but too often in the first half, Florida failed to box out or let missed Jacksonville shots bounce off the floor. That can’t happen against SEC teams.

— After what Florida coach Mike White described as a “pedestrian” first half for center Kevarrius Hayes, the 6-foot-9 225 pound junior from Live Oak bounced back with a pair of blocked shots early in the second half that helped spark UF’s defense. Hayes had 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in 18 minutes but did not score. Florida is going to need some offensive production from him inside until senior center John Egbunu returns.



  1. Sounds like a solid start for Florida Basketball! Another season already here. I’m looking forward to your b-ball reporting, Kevin. You always have great articles and insight. Especially for games like tonight, when we can’t see the Gators play (not televised). So keep on rolling, Gators! Chomp-chomp!

  2. There appear to be some good, dependable outside shooters on this team, which is what Gators did not have last year. Egbunu’s return will only improve the inside defense and rebounding. Very hopeful this team can compete with KY, Alabama for SEC title and a shot at the Final Four. At least the basketball news is better than the football news.