DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Florida was cruising toward a surprisingly easy victory over Nevada in its opening NCAA Tournament game.
Then Nevada furiously tried to stave off the upset with a...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Hudson sent one text seconds after Florida's NCAA Tournament pairing was announced.
The senior messaged the eyes emoji to close friends, former Amateur...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida seniors Kevarrius Hayes and Jalen Hudson exchanged texts Tuesday, trying to figure out exactly what they wanted to say to teammates before practice.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kevarrius Hayes had seen enough two weeks ago. Too many close losses. Too many silly mistakes. Too little effort too often.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — When Florida's Kevaughn Allen pulled up for an open 3 early in the second half at LSU, he'd been limited to just three shots and had not scored a point.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Hudson unwittingly offered a microcosm of his season in a 13-second span against Mississippi.
The 6-foot-6 Florida guard followed an impressive offensive rebound with a driving, off-balance, left-handed shot that barely reached the front of the rim and an over-the-back foul 90 feet from the basket with the opponent in the double bonus.
He was scintillating and silly, robust and reckless, what his team needs and what it can't have — all a few blinks apart.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Grant Williams did just about anything he wanted to against Florida.
He even called for — and delivered — one of his more precise passes of the season in crunch time.
Williams scored 20 points and found Admiral Schofield for a clinching 3-pointer in the corner with 41.3 seconds remaining to help No. 3 Tennessee beat Florida 78-67 on Saturday for the team's 10th consecutive victory.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Mike White has three guys he can count on to bring energy and effort every day. Problem is two of them are freshmen.
Although that might bode well for the future of the program, it's not how the Gators were expected to play in White's fourth season. So the coach is scratching his head and searching for answers as Florida (8-5, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) prepares to play at Arkansas (10-3, 1-0) on Wednesday night.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Hudson's faith in his shot was finally rewarded, and his regained touch paid off Saturday for the Florida Gators.
The senior guard snapped a season-long slump by sinking three consecutive 3-pointers during a 2½-minute span midway through the first half, and the Gators went on to beat Florida Gulf Coast 77-56 Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Hudson, the Gators' leading scorer last season, came into the game shooting 29 percent, including 6 for 34 from 3-point range.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is finding points and energy from a couple unexpected sources.
Noah Locke scored a career-high 18 points, Deaundrae Ballard added 15 and the Gators handled North Florida 98-66 Tuesday night.
Locke, a freshman from Maryland, has worked his way into the starting lineup in place of senior Jalen Hudson and emerged as a reliable scorer for the Gators (4-3).
"No one on our team plays any harder than Noah," Florida coach Mike White said.
Last season: 21-13, losing in second round of NCAA Tournament.
Coach: Mike White.
Who's gone: Point guard Chris Chiozza, swingman Egor Koulechov, center John Egbunu.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida guard Jalen Hudson, the team's leading scorer last season, will return to school for his senior year.
Coach Mike White says the 22-year-old Hudson delivered the news Tuesday after talking with his family.
Hudson declared for the NBA draft in late March, but didn't hire an agent and left open the possibility of staying in school. Hudson wasn't invited to the NBA Combine and was told he wouldn't get drafted.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has hired former Texas Tech assistant Al Pinkins as associate head coach.
Pinkins brings 15 years of collegiate coaching experience to Gainesville, including five in the Southeastern Conference.
Pinkins replaces Armon Gates, who accepted a job at Nebraska earlier this week. The Gators and Gates parted ways after less than a month on the job.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Mike White has a rebuilding project ahead, and he's not quite sure how significant an undertaking it will be.
White is waiting to see what happens with leading scorer Jalen Hudson, who declared for the NBA draft late last month but left open the possibility of returning to school for his senior season.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida guard Jalen Hudson, the team's leading scorer this season, has declared for the NBA draft.
Hudson made the announcement on his Instagram page Tuesday, saying he won't hire an agent at this time. Not doing so leaves open the possibility that Hudson could return for his senior year.
DALLAS (AP) — Egor Koulechov watched a heartbreaking NCAA Tournament loss as a freshman at Arizona State.
Four years and two schools later, the graduate transfer from Russia enjoyed his second NCAA experience quite a bit more.
Koulechov scored 20 points and Florida eased past St. Bonaventure 77-62 on Thursday night, ending the Bonnies' postseason two days after their first NCAA Tournament victory in 48 years.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — With Kentucky rolling, Florida reeling and the lead dwindling, Jalen Hudson decided to do something about it.
His 3-pointer from the wing with 6:19 to play was a turning point — for both teams.
Hudson scored 22 points — highlighted by one that bounced around the rim several times and hit the backboard before falling through — and the Gators beat the No. 23 Wildcats 80-67 on Saturday, ending the Wildcats' four-game winning streak.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The Florida Gators didn't have to put on a flashy offensive performance to swat down a team that went more than 14 minutes without making a basket.
Jalen Hudson scored 27 points and Florida throttled Alabama's offense in a 73-52 victory on Tuesday night, especially during a frigid stretch of the first half.
The Gators (19-11, 10-7 Southeastern Conference) held the slumping Crimson Tide (17-13, 8-9) to 30 percent shooting.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — KeVaughn Allen finally got the message. It took a scoreless game and long chats with coach Mike White and two teammates to sink in.
Allen bounced back from his worst game in more than three years with 24 points, including a 60-footer before the halftime buzzer and two huge 3-pointers in the closing minutes as Florida beat No. 12 Auburn 72-66 on Saturday night.
Allen missed his first five shots against the Tigers before hitting six in a row.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Mike White couldn't recall ever seeing guard Jalen Hudson play as hard.
Not in practice. Not in a game. Maybe not in his Virginia Tech days.
Hudson scored 18 points, highlighted by a crucial, three-point play with 1:15 remaining, and the Gators beat LSU 73-64 to end a three-game losing streak in Southeastern Conference play Wednesday night.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — After Chris Chiozza hit his first 3-pointer of the game, he figured he would take another.
When that one went in, his confidence really started to soar.
"Once I hit two, I said, 'I'm just going to come down and shoot another one to see what happens,'" he said. "They went in, so I was like, 'All right, I might shoot some more.'"
No one on Florida's bench would have complained had he taken every shot the rest of the day.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Florida worked through ugly play for much of the night against No. 18 Kentucky, and the persistent Gators eventually made the necessary shots to go ahead before holding on with several big defensive plays.
On both ends of the floor, Jalen Hudson came up big.
Hudson came off the bench to score 17 points, and Chris Chiozza, Keith Stone and Kevarrius Hayes contributed clutch baskets down the stretch as Florida rallied to upset the Wildcats 66-64 on Saturday night.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Hudson had one thing left to do after Florida's sixth consecutive victory.
"We got to wipe down everything with some Clorox and bleach," Hudson said.
It might have helped more a few weeks ago.
Egor Koulechov scored 23 points, including Florida's first 13 of the game, and the sick and short-handed Gators beat Mississippi State 71-54 on Wednesday night for their longest winning streak of the season.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Mike White took a much different approach with his struggling team at halftime.
Instead of screaming, he was more subdued.
It seemed to work.
Chris Chiozza scored 16 points, Jalen Hudson added 13 and the Gators used two big, second-half runs to beat Incarnate Word 75-60 on Friday night.
Egor Koulechov chipped in 12 points despite another woeful shooting night, and Florida (8-4) won for the third time in four games.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 5 Florida followed a performance coach Mike White called "the epitome of soft" with an even bigger flop.
Aundre Jackson scored 23 points, Cameron Krutwig added 14 and Loyola-Chicago stunned the Gators 63-59 on Wednesday night, handing them a third consecutive loss.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Marvin Bagley III had a simple explanation for No. 1 Duke's incredible late rally against No. 7 Florida.
"We just have heart," the 6-foot-11 freshman sensation said. "That's pretty much all it is."
Bagley had 30 points and 15 rebounds, and the Blue Devils came back from a 17-point deficit with 10 minutes left to beat the Gators 87-84 on Sunday night for the Motion Bracket championship at the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jalen Hudson couldn't wait to get back to Florida's locker room to celebrate with his teammates following a thrilling double-overtime victory over Gonzaga.
Hudson had a career-high 35 points, including eight 3-pointers, and the No. 7 Gators downed the No. 17 Bulldogs 111-105 on Friday night at the PK80 Invitational.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — There hasn't been much of an adjustment period for Egor Koulechov since he arrived at Florida.
The graduate transfer from Rice had 26 points, including five 3-pointers, and the seventh-ranked Gators routed Stanford 108-87 on Thursday night in the Phil Knight Invitational.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — For much of the night, it seemed like everything that could go wrong did for Florida against plucky New Hampshire.
Jalen Hudson scored 26 points, and the 8th-ranked Gators escaped with a 70-63 win over the Wildcats on Sunday night.
"It's kinda like a smack in the face," Hudson said. "We were not as good as we think we are."
Last season: 27-9, advanced to NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight
Coach: Mike White
Who's gone: G Kasey Hill, G/F Canyon Barry, F Devin Robinson, F Justin Leon.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Guard Michael Okauru has signed a national letter of intent with Florida, adding to coach Mike White's second recruiting class.
The 6-foot-4 Okauru signed Wednesday and will be on campus this summer. His letter arrived the same day freshman guard Eric Hester decided to transfer, moving on after averaging 2.2 points in 20 games.
White says he expects Okauru to "be a great fit here, along with the rest of our incoming class, and look forward to having them on campus."