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  1. Badger forward Zach Bohannon takes a selfie with all four Final Four coaches

    Apr 5, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT

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    Acting on a dare, Zach Bohannon undergoes this Herculean task.

  2. Early season turmoil was a blessing in disguise for Florida

    Apr 4, 2014, 5:36 PM EDT

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    The roster turmoil that Florida dealt with early in the season was a blessing in disguise for this team.

  3. Dorian Finney-Smith’s resurgence boosts Florida’s offense, bench production

    Mar 28, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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    The improved play of Florida’s Dorian Finney-Smith will be crucial as the team continues its run to Arlington.

  4. Report: Billy Donovan signs contract extension through 2019

    Mar 25, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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    The Florida head coach will be under contract with the program until 2019.

  5. Billy Donovan hops on with the Dan Patrick Show (VIDEO)

    Mar 24, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Billy Donovan calls in to the Dan Patrick Show to talk about his jumper, Florida’s Sweet 16 matchup with UCLA, former Florida Gator and current member of the Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah and more.

  6. No. 1 Florida survives a scare from No. 16 Albany

    Mar 20, 2014, 6:47 PM EDT

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    Florida didn’t make things easy, but they avoided becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16.

  7. Gregg Marshall, Billy Donovan among finalists for Naismith Coach of the Year award

    Mar 20, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

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    The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the five finalists for the Naismith Coach of the Year award Thursday, and four of the five remaining candidates have teams in the NCAA tournament.

  8. Florida coach Billy Donovan does not want the age limit raised

    Mar 16, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

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    See what Billy Donovan said about Adam Silver’s proposed plan to raise the age limit for the NBA form 19 to 20.

  9. SEC Tournament: No. 1 Florida advances to title, holds UT to just five second half field goals

    Mar 15, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

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    Florida’s second half defense was a clinic, and the performance should be burned to a DVD, marketed, and then sold to up-and-coming coaches.

  10. Florida’s Kasey Hill cleared to return Saturday against LSU

    Feb 28, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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    No. 1 Florida will get deeper in the backcourt Saturday when they host LSU, as it was reported that freshman point guard Kasey Hill has been cleared to return to game action. The Gators have played their last three games without Hill, who was forced to sit out due to a groin injury. Head coach…

  11. Billy Donovan, Tom Izzo weigh in on Marcus Smart situation

    Feb 10, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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    The roar of Saturday’s Marcus Smart, fan-shoving controversy from Oklahoma State’s loss at Texas Tech is finally starting to die down a bit, but on Monday, college basketball head coaches gave their take on fan-player interactions and Smart as a player. One of the more interesting takes came from Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.…

  12. USA Basketball names Billy Donovan Under-18 head coach, Sean Miller and Ed Cooley assistants

    Feb 4, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Florida head coach Billy Donovan is getting his roster together with the addition of Chris Walker on Tuesday night, hoping to make another run in the NCAA tournament. Following the season, Donovan will once again coach USA Basketball. On Tuesday afternoon, Donovan was named the head coach of the Under-18 team. Donovan led the USA…

  13. NCAA announces Florida freshman Chris Walker eligible to play February 4

    Jan 29, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

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    Once he’d reached the point academically to where he could join the Florida basketball program in December, the question for McDonald’s All American forward Chris Walker revolved around when he would be eligible to take the floor in game action. Without an answer from the NCAA, many (player and program, included) were left to wonder just…

  14. Defensive effort stands out in No. 6 Florida’s beating of Tennessee

    Jan 25, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT

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    With two burly big men in Jeronne Maymon and Jarnell Stokes and guard Jordan McRae, Tennessee had the look of a team capable of at the very least challenging No. 6 Florida in Gainesville Saturday afternoon. McRae entered the game averaging more than 19 points per game, with Maymon and Stokes also in double figures…

  15. Jay Bilas on Florida’s Chris Walker’s eligibility: “I don’t think it’s any of the NCAA’s business”

    Jan 24, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Has there been a more talked about player in college basketball this season who hasn’t stepped foot on the floor other than Chris Walker? Doubtful. The saga of Walker’s eligibility at Florida continues to grow. Walker wasn’t officially accepted into the school until mid-December. Yet, despite his enrollment, the NCAA has declared him ineligible to…

  16. Florida forward Casey Prather cleared to return Saturday

    Jan 17, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

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    A discussion of the most improved players in college basketball this season has to include the name of Florida senior forward Casey Prather. After averaging 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as a junior Prather’s raised his production to 17.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, leading the Gators in scoring. But…

  17. Florida students wear “FREE CHRIS WALKER” t-shirts (PHOTO)

    Jan 14, 2014, 7:46 PM EDT

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    Chris Walker is frustrated. Billy Donovan is frustrated. Now, it’s clear that Florida students are frustrated, too, with the NCAA’s handling of freshman forward Chris Walker’s eligibility. Students wearing "free Chris Walker" t-shirts at O'Dome. McDAA frosh pf still not cleared by NCAA. http://t.co/uIMkzVXoeT— Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) January 14, 2014 In mid-December, Walker was officially accepted…

  18. Billy Donovan: Casey Prather ‘progressing’, but won’t play vs. Georgia

    Jan 13, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT

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    Casey Prather has been one of the most surprising players in the country this season, entering a starring role as a senior on what has proven to be a very good Florida team. But Prather’s also had a penchant for getting nicked up the last couple of seasons, and this year is no different. Billy…

  19. Florida relies on senior leadership to get past Arkansas in OT

    Jan 11, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Saturday’s SEC road contest at Arkansas could have easily been a letdown for No. 10 Florida. The Gators were missing leading scorer Casey Prather and multiple other Gators were banged up, including Scottie Wilbekin (ankle), Patric Young (knees) and Michael Frazier II (calf). But that didn’t slow the Gators down as they held off Arkansas…

  20. New Year’s Resolutions: Florida Gators

    Dec 27, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Over the course of the holiday week, we at College Basketball Talk will be detailing what we believe will be the New Year’s Resolutions of some of the nation’s most talented, most disappointing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood. Who else made Resolutions? Click here to find out.…

  21. Florida announces Damontre Harris officially no longer with the team

    Dec 21, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    After weeks of speculation, Florida officially announced that transfer center Damontre Harris is officially no longer with the team, according to Kevin Brockway of the The Gainsville Sun. Florida announces C Damontre Harris officially no longer with team.— Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) December 21, 2013 Harris transferred to the Gators from South Carolina after averaging 6.8 points, 5.5…

  22. Casey Prather’s star turn a boon for Florida

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:57 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Billy Donovan said that this season, for his Gators, has been exhausting. Between the injuries and the suspensions and the academic issues, the status of Florida’s roster has been a bigger story to date than their performance against teams like Wisconsin or UConn or Kansas. “I almost keep looking around to see…

  23. [PHOTO] Florida gets customized LeBrons for Jimmy V Classic

    Dec 16, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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    When the No. 16 Florida Gators take the floor for the Jimmy V Classic tomorrow night in Madison Square Garden, they’ll have some sick new shoes to rock. The Gators are facing No. 15 Memphis at the Jimmy V Classic (8 p.m.) and head coach Billy Donovan tweeted out a picture of the customized green…

  24. Report: McDonald’s All-American Chris Walker enrolls at Florida, begins practice today

    Dec 14, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    The Florida Gators received some big news on Saturday as ineligible freshman forward and McDonald’s All-American Chris Walker has enrolled at the university and begins practice on Saturday according to Kevin Brockway of the Gainsville Sun. Florida announces F Chris Walker enrolled, will begin practice today, confirming @onlygators report from last week.— Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) December…

  25. Florida’s Scottie Wilbekin out indefinitely with high ankle sprain

    Dec 3, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

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    The Florida roster took another hit Tuesday afternoon, after it was announced that senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin will be out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain he suffered in Monday night’s heartbreaking road loss to UConn. Wilbekin scored 15 points and grabbed three boards to go along with a pair of assists and turnovers,…

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