UF vs. FSU Men’s Basketball Game Thread

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    • #26291
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Coming up at 8:00, the Gators (2-1) will look to bounce back from the loss to FAU against another in-state rival — facing the 0-3 Seminoles in Tallahassee.

      Follow along and join the conversation right here for live, in-game updates and commentary.

      Live stats: https://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/index.html?id=425447&_gl=1*q4c8ol*_ga*MTU2NzgxNzkwNy4xNjYyODUzODAz*_ga_2ZWVK1X7BJ*MTY2ODgxOTIyMS42LjAuMTY2ODgxOTIyMS4wLjAuMA..

    • #26292
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Gators rolling with the same starters they have been through the first 3 games of the season.

    • #26293
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Reeves attacking early is a good sign. We know he can shoot the ball, but it’s the other things offensively that need to come for him to really improve from last year.

      He goes 1/2 from the FT line, score 1-0 Gators with 18:30 to go

    • #26294
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Castleton getting on the board early is great to see for Gator fans. He’s looking to join rare-air with the start to the season he’s had.

    • #26295
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Gators giving up second-chance points is going to be something to watch all night. If FSU is going to win this game, you’d have to assume they’d also would have won the battle of second-chance points.

    • #26296
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      FSU is getting whatever they want right now. Florida’s giving up easy drives and open shots off screens. This has been a fantastic start for the ‘Noles… and they’re up 10-5.

      All things considered, it could have been a worse start for Golden and company.

      Need to tighten up defensively.

    • #26297
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Early substitutions for Golden:

      Jitoboh in for Castleton
      Fudge in for Felder
      Jones in for Reeves

    • #26298
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Golden going with the 3-guard lineup right now, bringing Jones in for Reeves while keeping his starting backcourt in the game.

    • #26299
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      GREAT recognition by Fudge there to slide over and take the charge after noticing Jitoboh was out on an island.

    • #26300
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Man does Jitoboh have a silky shot at the FT line or what? Super impressive for a guy his size. Allows Golden to feel comfortable keeping him in there late if it ever comes to that — maybe due to Castleton getting in foul trouble or something like that.

    • #26301
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Fudge has to go up with that. Beautiful, strong move to find himself under the basket — then didn’t even look to score. Instead, turned the ball over.

    • #26302
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Substitution:

      Bonham comes in for Lofton
      Kugel in for Richard
      Castleton in for Jitoboh

    • #26303
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      I can’t tell ya how much I love Bonham attacking the paint. Such a quick first step, good at drawing contact, great court vision and an automatic FT shooter.

      If he’s not attacking with the ball in his hands, he isn’t really contributing much defensively — so, love to see his mindset in “go” mode early on here.

    • #26304
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      As shown on the broadcast, nearly 500 more career wins for Leonard Hamilton than Todd Golden.

      That’s the thing with Golden. As great of a coach as he may and could be, he’s gonna have less experience than almost every coach he opposes.

      Take that information how you like.

    • #26305
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Wow. Tech for flopping on Bonham.

      I’m all for giving techs on flops. It takes away from the game.

      But, objectively speaking, that doesn’t look like a flop or a good call.
      Head didn’t swing back at all, which is usually the tell.

    • #26306
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Man, Kugel really can get to the rim whenever he wants to. Just needs to develop a better sense of location and touch when he gets to point-blank range.

      The potential with him is scary — but, right now, that’s all it is: potential. Could very well become kinetic as the season goes on, though.

    • #26307
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      All the energy is with the ‘Noles right now. The on-court cadence and energy on the sidelines is incomparable.

      A 10 point deficit is very, very manageable, however.

    • #26308
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Seminoles on a 7-0 run right now over 2:16.

      Gators 0-11 on last 11 FGs, 1 of last 13, haven’t scored in over 4 minutes.

    • #26309
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      13 point lead right now is the largest lead of the season for FSU. They didn’t lead any of their first 3 games by double digits at any point.

    • #26310
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      6 paint-points nearly 15 minutes into the game is brutal. Florida needs to find a way to get some easy buckets to get the offense rolling.

    • #26311
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      FSU clearly came into this game with a gameplan: Limit Colin Castleton.

      And, boy, have they executed.

      Florida’s star big has 4 points on 3 shots 15 minutes into this game.

      Every single time — and that is not hyperbole — he touches the ball, the defense completely collapses.

      For the Gators to come back and win this thing, they have to start knocking down threes off of Castleton’s inside-outside passes.

    • #26312
      Romeg8r
      ITG Subscriber

      Bench him for a while. Absolutely stupid technical.

    • #26313
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Just an outright silly mistake by Fudge. You can NOT get a tech in that moment, after you make a play that could possibly spark momentum for your team that is currently struggling mightily.

      Immediately after, you could see Lofton look at him with his hands up. Then as they walked toward the bench, you could see Golden chewing him out.

      Gonna be interesting to see if he’s still in the game when we get back from commercial.

      Something tells me Golden won’t go for that.

    • #26314
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Also, the ref who called the tech appeared to go to Golden and tell him what Fudge said. Not a great sign.

    • #26315
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Fudge out of the game.

      Felder comes in for him.

      31-20 FSU
      3:42 to go in the half

    • #26316
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Three-guard lineup in again for Golden

      Bonham
      Lofton
      Richard
      Felder
      Castleton

    • #26317
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Here we go. Golden’s getting creative. The Castleton-Jitoboh lineup is here.

      Jitoboh came in for Felder.

    • #26318
      Romeg8r
      ITG Subscriber

      We can’t shoot a lick

    • #26319
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Announcers said it, and they’re right.

      Bonham has to make those shots. Down 14 on the road, in a game where open shots have been incredibly few-and-far-between, you can’t afford to miss threes like that.

    • #26320
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Beautiful two-man game with Lofton & Jitoboh right there.

      Would love to see Lofton in PnRs more often. He’s got a knack for making the right play.

    • #26321
      Romeg8r
      ITG Subscriber

      Wow. We are not good.

    • #26322
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Yes, it is true that the Florida defense has ben bad — giving up layups and offensive rebounds nonstop.

      But, with that said, the ‘Noles are making some incredibly tough shots.

      They’re shooting 50-50-90 right now…

    • #26323
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber
    • #26324
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Here’s who the second half — or, atleast the opening few minutes to it — is going to be about:

      Todd Golden.

      It’s time to find out how the young coach fares when in-game adjustments are not just needed, but absolutely necessary in order to have a chance to win.

      That halftime in the locker room better have been a productive one for the Gators’ chances tonight.

    • #26325
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Bonham in for Reeves to start the half. Rest of the original starters in alongside him.

    • #26326
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      And would you look at Trey Bonham.

      Opens the half, in Reeves’ place, with a three and forced turnover.

      The smallest guy on the court is making the biggest impact right now.

    • #26327
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Gonna be interesting to see how long Golden keeps Fudge on the sideline here.

    • #26328
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      THIS is what Felder can give you. Energy, hustle, rebounding.

      Big offensive board and putback for him has the Gators within 10.

    • #26329
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Golden has to love how hard TB has been attacking the paint tonight. 6/6 from the line now for the VMI transfer.

    • #26330
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Castleton finally, after what felt like forever, found the rim.

      8 & 5 for the big man now.

    • #26331
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Casleton and-1 brings the Gators within 7. That was an NBA play.

    • #26332
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Castleton’s heating up and is all of a sudden at 12 & 7 on 4-7 shooting.

    • #26333
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      A 10-0 UF run, and the Gators are now within 1. Their 17-point halftime deficit seems like an eternity ago. What a turnaround.

      Curious to know exactly what adjustments were made at the half — but, clearly some were.

      Such a drastic 180 like this doesn’t just happen.

    • #26334
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Bonham is playing some inspired basketball right now. Him and Castleton have really been at the helm of this furious comeback.

    • #26335
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Now it’s FSU that’s making some boneheaded mistakes. You can’t goal-tend there when the shot clearly isn’t going in. Hey, Castleton’s not complaining though.

    • #26336
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      Something to note: Fudge has now re-entered the game for the first time since his tech.

      Lineup currently in:

      Lofton
      Jones
      Kugel
      Fudge
      Jitoboh

    • #26337
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      ALEX FUDGE ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

      TOP 10 TOP 10 TOP 10

    • #26338
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      (SportsCenter top 10), let me be clear lol.

    • #26339
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      24 of last 29 points scored in this game have been scored by the Orange & Blue.

    • #26340
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

    • #26341
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

    • #26342
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

    • #26344
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      What a comeback!

      Down by 17 points at the half, there was a 26-point swing in the second half as Florida stormed back to beat Florida State 76-67.

      Colin Castleton scored 25 points while adding nine rebounds to lead the Gators.

    • #26345
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

      FINAL:

      UF 76, FSU 67

      A furious second-half comeback sparked by Trey Bonham and led by Colin Castleton allowed the Gators to escape enemy territory with a hard-fought win.

      Florida improves to 3-1, with their next game being Thanksgiving day vs. Xavier in Portland.

    • #26346
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber
    • #26347
      Zackary Weiss
      ITG Subscriber

    • #26372
      Romeg8r
      ITG Subscriber

      Great comeback. Great win

    • #26376
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

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