GAMEDAY: Florida Vs. Kennesaw State

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    • #25565
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Todd Golden looks to make it two in a row today as the Gators face off against Kennesaw State at 7 p.m.

      Follow along in the game day thread Rafael De Los Santos posts updates and observations live from the O’Dome courtside.

    • #25566
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      15 mins until the opening tip:

      The crowd isn’t as big as it was on opening night but the rowdies filled up the student section an hour ago.

    • #25567
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Last week saw a starting lineup of Kyle Lofton, Will Richard, Kowacie Reeves, CJ Felder
      and Colin Castleton.

      I expect the same tonight.

    • #25568
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Your Florida Gators Starting 5:

      G – Will Richard
      G – Kyle Lofton
      G – Kowacie Reeves
      F – C.J. Felder
      F – Colin Castleton

    • #25569
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      The Gators come out with the same exact lineup as in their opener against Stony Brook.

      They will face small-ball Kennesaw State that reps a 5’10” starting guard.

    • #25570
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Castleton wins the tip and finds Will Richard on the baseline pick and roll, Gators making Kennesaw State pay early for the height differential

    • #25571
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Kennesaw State is visibly more active than Stony Brook early on, where Stony Brook settled for deep threes, Kennesaw State is driving and finding open men.

    • #25572
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Kennesaw State’s Desmond Robinson will be one to watch early on, he’s already on the offensive board and a putback to make the Gators pay.

    • #25573
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Goaltending on Castleton in a Florida possession that had already seen Kyle Lofton get a block.

      Gators down, 4-3

    • #25574
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Looks like the rowdies are in it early as “ref you suck” rains down after a questionable foul call against Kyle Lofton.

      Lofton has two fouls against him four minutes into the game.

    • #25575
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Castleton hits 1/2 from the line as the Gators are now 2/4 in the game from the charity stripe, tie game 4-4.

    • #25576
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Castleton with a huge block off the glass as the Gators convert on the other end with a Lofton putback layup

    • #25577
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      First timeout of the game, all tied at 6.

      The Gators are off to a slow start on offense, with lots of possessions ending in low-percentage threes from Reeves.

      Kennesaw State will have the chance to go up by one from the line after an and-1 jumper.

    • #25578
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Big shift from UF:

      On the court – Bonham, Kugel, Jones, Fudge and Castleton

    • #25579
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      The change offers new life for the offense but the defense has dropped as Kennesaw State hits the gators for 5 straight, Gators are down by 4 with Bonham on the line, 12-8

    • #25580
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Bonham goes 0/2 from the line, the Gators are now 2/6 in the game, Kennesaw State is up 12-8

    • #25581
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Riley Kugel with the slam and the Gators are within two

    • #25582
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      As opposed to Mike White’s team, Golden’s Gators are extremely active on the boards.

      Sometimes the rebounds come when the ball is still on the rise after hitting the rim.

    • #25583
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Castleton and Kugel combine to give Florida a 6-point run and the lead, 14-12.

      Golden’s rotation paid off.

    • #25584
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Castleton sinks it from the line and the Gators are now up 15-12 as Jitoboh substitutes the big man.

    • #25585
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Way to rebound, figuratively in this case.

      three play sequence:

      Fudge has the ball stolen for an easy Kennesaw State layup.

      Fudge answers with an acrobatic layup.

      Fudge extends the Florida lead to five with an audacious alley-oop.

      Florida leads 19-14

    • #25586
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      The rebounding certainly takes a hit with Castleton on the bench.

      But boy, this Florida team does not lose a step on defense or in transition.

    • #25587
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Jitoboh pick up his second foul and Castleton comes in for him.

    • #25588
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      F1 Basketball there.

      Three offensive rebounds from Kennesaw State, bodies flailing left and right, Florida got out in transition after Castleton tipped it to halfcourt.

      Felder gets the and-1.

    • #25589
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      The Gators have settled into a groove now.

      9-0 run for Florida over the last 2:41.

      Kugel and Fudge have been real spark plugs so far to awaken Florida.

      Castleton continues to be a reliable source of points with eight so far in the game.

      Florida leads 24-14 with 7:23 to go.

    • #25591
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Will Richard hits the three and extends the lead to 12.

    • #25592
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Florida is now trading buckets with Kennesaw State: The Gators maintain the ten-point lead.

      30-20, Florida as Felder comes in for Fudge.

    • #25593
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Castleton goes 2/2 from the line to extend the lead to 12.

      The Gators are now 7/12 from the line.

    • #25594
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Both teams are really finding their rhythm on offense, but where Kennesaw State has a jumper; Florida has an alley-oop.

      Florida leads 34-22

    • #25595
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Something to note going forward, Riley Kugel’s ability to change speeds in unreal.

      Both teams have resigned to layups and the free throw line with the half winding down.

      Florida has grown the lead, 40-28

    • #25596
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Castleton with the last five for the Gators, but don’t count Kennesaw State out. They’ve hit two threes in two possesions to cut the lead to ten as the half winds down.

    • #25597
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

    • #25598
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Lofton with the only baskets so far, two minutes into the final half.

      Gators lead 48-36

    • #25599
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      It’s interesting to see Golden’s bench dynamic as opposed to Mike White’s last season. White was the obvious leader from the bench, very animated and vocal.

      Golden seems to share those duties with associate head coach Carlin Hartman, but even more so with Kevin Hovde, the assistant head coach.

      Hovde is extremely vocal and even seems like the head coach sometimes as he stands up and barks at the team.

    • #25600
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      The game has certainly slowed down from the downhill back and forth of the first half.

      Both teams look calmer and collected, calling plays and finding space.

      And as I type this Reeves dunks over two defenders!

      Florida is up 54-42

    • #25601
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Kugel heads in for Will Richard.

      The floor reads:

      Lofton, Kugel, Fudge, Reeves and Castleton

    • #25602
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Kugel is 2/2 from the line as the Gators lead 56-44

      After a slow start, the Gators are now shooting 13/19 from the line.

    • #25603
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Kennesaw State picked up steam before a Kyle Lofton three sends Florida into a timeout, UF leads 59-49.

      Kennesaw State has matched Florida in the half so far with 15 points for each team.

    • #25604
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      This is definitely closer than expected, 61-51 Florida with 12 minutes to go.

      Castleton keeps pulling the Gators away but Kennesaw State seems to string together the occasional 6-0 run padded by some deep-range threats.

      The Gators need to spread the floor as they currently sit 2/6 from deep.

    • #25605
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Missed Castleton ft and a layup on the other end, the lead is down to eight.

    • #25608
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Castleton rebound, downhill, spin move, foul, and count it.

      His converted and one has the crowd screaming and the Gators up 66-53

    • #25609
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      The Gators are starting to pour it on, the energy is there, this is the machine we saw against Stony Brook.

      Gators lead 73-61 on the back of a 28-point Colin Castleton performance thus far.

    • #25610
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Castleton finally sits and Kowacie Reeves takes over the hype duties with another deep bomb.

    • #25611
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      It is now safe to say that the Gators will walk out of here with the win, barring any catastrophes.

      What a night for Castleton and Will Richard in a second Florida win.

      The Gators leads 80-66 sith 3:30 to go.

    • #25612
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      The Gator lead grows to 14 as Castleton heads to the line, 85-71

    • #25613
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      The night winded down and the Gators pulled away.

    • #25614
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

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