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Florida Basketball Hour
59 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
A thin bubble: Arkansas loss; Georgia win leave Gators still needing more
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's heartbreaking loss to Arkansas. How a great game ended in an 18-4 Arkansas run, and why guards still win games late in the season. Plus, what the Arkansas loss teaches us about Florida's roster construction issues. The guys also salute a magnificent effort from Colin Castleton, and another terrific game from Tyree Appleby. The guys also break down Florida's comfortable win over Georgia. How Phlan Fleming stole the show, why this was one of Florida's best efforts defensively, and why Niels Lane continues to make a big impact guarding the ball. Finally, a preview of the Vanderbilt game. Why this Commodores team is different than the one Florida hammered last month, and how Colin Castleton's presence this time can negate Vanderbilt's advantage on the perimeter.
63 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
Bubble Life Ain't Easy: Gators topple # 2 Auburn; # 18 Arkansas Next
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's heartbreaking loss at Texas A&M. What happened on the final play-- and why it was almost unthinkable. On a happier note, the guys break down Florida's big upset over # 2 Auburn- a historic win for the program that led to the first court storming in Gainesville in almost 4 decades. Why Tyree Appleby was the best player in the building, why Niels Lane was the best defender in the building, and the continued star power of Colin Castleton. Plus, should we worry about Auburn's ability to score in the halfcourt? Plus, a big Arkansas preview (minute 38) includes a look at why Jaylin Williams is the key to the Hogs big winning streak. The guys also discuss how Florida might defend JD Notae, the wild card that is Devontae Davis, and whether it is another great matchup for Tyree Appleby. This and more...
48 minutes | Feb 13, 2022
Routed at Rupp; Texas A&M Preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's loss to Kentucky Saturday at Rupp Arena. Why two segments of the game did Florida in, and how the loss shows the growing chasm between Florida and the SEC's Elite. The guys also discuss rotations, and again praise the contributions of younger players like Niels Lane and seldom-used transfer CJ Felder. Plus, a Texas A&M preview. The Gators have a shot at a nice resume win in College Station against an Aggies team that has lost 8 straight. How the Gators can weather the Aggies press and trap and leave Texas with a big win.
53 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
Gators down Dawgs; Rupp Arena and a great Kentucky next
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's 72-63 win over Georgia Wednesday night in Gainesville. Among the topics discussed are what to make of the Gators offensively since the return of Colin Castleton, and why Tyree Appleby tends to shine in the second half. Plus, can Florida defend without Niels Lane? Breaking down the "on/off" numbers with Florida's defensive stopper. Minute 26: The guys preview Florida's trip to Rupp Arena. The Gators have 2 wins at Rupp under Mike White, but a third one will be a tall task. Why this is the best Kentucky team since 2014-15, and how Florida might counter.
61 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
It's a new day! Gator Women rolling; Men avenge Ole Miss loss; UGA preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) discuss the job Kelly Rae Finley has done turning around the Florida Women's Basketball program this year after the prior coach resigned in shame. Why they are good-- and so much fun to watch. Plus, the guys break down Florida's comeback win over Ole Miss. Was the return of Colin Castleton good for the Florida offense? Should the Gators sell out and settle for being a great defensive team that scores "just enough"? How does Niels Lane factor into Florida's strategic choices down the stretch? And why it's still important to play Kowacie Reeves. Finally, the guys break down Florida's Wednesday night home tilt with Georgia. Are the Bulldogs the worst team in the Power 6? Does this matchup scare the guys anyway? All that and more.
54 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Gators sneak past Mizzou; Ole Miss, Round Two
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's 66-65 victory over Missouri this past Wednesday. How Tyree Appleby and Niels Lane sparked the Florida win, and just what in the world was Cuonzo Martin thinking about defensively down the stretch? Plus, why Florida's increasingly set reliant offense may be a boon to the struggling Myreon Jones. Neil is joined by Graham Hall of the Gainesville Sun, who discusses the surprise emergence of Tuon Gatkek, Florida's precarious position on the bubble, and much more. The guys also break down Florida's rematch with Ole Miss Saturday in Gainesville.
55 minutes | Jan 30, 2022
Don't call it a comeback! Gators rally past Oklahoma St; Mizzou Preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's SEC-Big 12 Challenge comeback win over Oklahoma State. How Mike White's rotational changes and the energy from seldom-used reserve Niels Lane changed the basketball game. Plus, another monster game for Tyree Appleby, the continued development of Tuon Gatkek, and why Florida's offensive scheme was better against a good Cowboys defense. The guys will also break down Florida's trip to Missouri this coming Wednesday. Missouri is who we've come to expect under Cuonzo Martin: a tough-nosed defensive team without much of an identity on offense. Why Missouri's switching defense could present problems for the Gators, and why the turnover battle will decide the game.
65 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Bubblicious: Gators get big win over Miss State; Vandy preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's home win over fellow bubble team Mississippi State. How Florida managed to upend one of the SEC's best frontcourts without Colin Castleton, the continued development of Kowacie Reeves, an impressive night from Anthony Duruji, Jason Jitoboh's growth and more. Plus, why Florida's good shooting night might not be a sign the Gators have turned the corner. Plus, at minute 35: a preview of Vanderbilt, who visits Gainesville this weekend. Scotty Pippen Jr. still stirs the drink for the Commodores, but Eric and Neil break down why this Vandy team is so much better than the prior 3 versions. Finally: suits or quarter zips? The guys break down the coaching fashion debate.
82 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
Listener Questions!!! Plus, Gators win at South Carolina; Miss State preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) discuss Florida's 71-63 win at South Carolina on Saturday. Was this Florida's best defensive gameplan of the season? Why Kowacie Reeves has given Florida such a big boost, and why Florida's return to Princeton offense may be a huge deal for this team offensively. The guys also answer all your listener questions, including questions about Florida's identity and culture, the value of the press, whether Florida should extend its bench and Mike White's future. Plus, a really good Miss State team visits Wednesday. The guys preview it and outline the key for a Gator win.
88 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Group Therapy: Breaking down LSU loss and Florida's 0-3 SEC start
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) discuss Florida's 64-58 home loss to No. 12 LSU. Did the Gators let one get away against a top 15 team at home? Jake Winderman (CBS Sports) joins the show. He talks Florida's puzzling lineup rotations, makes the case for more CJ Felder, and addresses Florida's continued woes on offense. Plus, the guys take a deep dive into Florida's home court culture: why a once elite home court advantage has slipped, and how, or if, the Gators can fix it. Finally, the guys preview Florida's road tilt Saturday at South Carolina. Why the Gamecocks will make life difficult on Colin Castleton, and how transition turnovers and offense could be the difference between 1-3 and 0-4 in the SEC.
70 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Gators start 0-2 in SEC; Strong Ass LSU team visits next
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's loss at No. 9 Auburn Saturday night, as well as their SEC opening home loss to No. 15 Alabama. Why Florida's 5-out offense has struggled, why a more set reliant offense is working, and why the team's margin for error is so small. Would lineup rotation changes help matters? The continued case for more Kowacie Reeves. Plus, why there was plenty to be encouraged about in Florida's effort at Auburn, and a defense of Tyree Appleby. The guys also break down LSU, who visits Gainesville Wednesday. Why the Tigers are the best defensive team in the country-- and how Will Wade flipped the script on what we've come to expect from LSU. The case for Tari Eason for the Wooden Award, how the Gators will attack LSU, and more...
70 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
SEC!! SEC!! Gators open with Alabama: Our preview-- plus, a deep dive into lineup rotations
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's SEC opening game Wednesday night against No. 15 Alabama. Why the Tide's offense is so hard to guard-- and how Florida can exploit its advantage inside against the smaller Crimson Tide. Plus, how will Florida elect to defend Alabama's terrific guards? The guys also discuss: 1) Florida's pre-Christmas rout of a solid Stony Brook team favored to win the America East; 2) Lineup rotations-- what's worked, what hasn't, and what they would like to see moving forward; 3) Kowacie Reeves and the case for added minutes; 4) Why Florida's January is as tough as any in college hoops; 5) And some new year cheer and thank yous.
55 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
Orange Bowl Classic Victors; sneaky good Stony Brook waits next
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) discuss Florida's 66-55 victory over South Florida in the Orange Bowl Classic. Why the game provided reasons to be optimistic about Florida's offense, even as the Gators shot poorly. Plus, how a tenacious Gators defense overcame a season-high 17 turnovers. Finally, the guys break down why Florida has struggled with drop pick and roll coverages, and what they might do to get Myreon Jones going for Florida. Later (minute 31), the guys preview Florida's December 22 matinee matchup against Stony Brook. Why the Sea Wolves, who were the preseason favorites in the America East, are so solid-- and why they can test Florida defensively.
63 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Bounced in Brooklyn: Gators fall to Maryland; Orange Bowl Classic preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's tough 70-68 loss to Maryland at the Hall of Fame Invitational in Brooklyn. Why Florida's offense was better, but defense couldn't come up with enough big stops to beat a struggling Maryland team. Is it time to worry about Florida's ability to guard on the perimeter? Eric and Neil make the case that it is. Plus, why the Maryland game shows Mike White and his staff need to expand Florida's rotation. The guys also preview Florida's game against South Florida. Why the Bulls defense will challenge the Gators, and why the Bulls offense gives Florida's defense a chance to get well.
58 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Bounce back, now Brooklyn: Gators beat UNF, Maryland preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's 85-55 rout of North Florida. How Florida used its defense to bounce back from one of the worst losses in school history-- and why defense has to be this team's identity. Plus, was the offense better? Eric and Neil discuss why the final score might be deceiving. Finally, is Florida still a capable shooting team? The guys give reasons for optimism. Minute 29: Previewing Florida's Hall of Fame Invitational matchup with Maryland in Brooklyn. Why this is game the Gators desperately need-- and why the Terps are too talented to overlook, even after the resignation of head coach Mark Turgeon.
69 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Hello, Darkness my old friend: Gators fall at OU, embarrassed by Texas Southern
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's two losses in 5 days. How Oklahoma's 5 out offense exploited Florida defensively, why Florida's offense has hit the skids, and what schematic changes could help bring the Gators back to their early season form. Plus, a lengthy breakdown of a brutal loss to Texas Southern at home. Should Florida extend its bench? The guys make the case for Kowacie Reeves. Plus, why versatile ball screen defense is needed to help this defense truly maximize its potential. Finally, the guys break down Wednesday night's tilt against UNF in the O'Dome.
70 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Gators beat Ohio State, win Fort Myers Tip Off Tournament; Plus- a big Oklahoma preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down the Gators victories at the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off Classic. How the Gators erased a 10 point second half deficit to win the tournament, and why the Ohio State win will age well. The guys also break down the final segment of the game, and defend the decision not to call timeout before the Appleby game winner. The guys also recap Florida's big win over Troy on Sunday. Why Florida's defensive intensity for 40 minutes impressed, and how Florida can keep using these buy games to get important long term pieces like Kowacie Reeves, Elijah Kennedy, and Niels Lane comfortable. Finally, a big preview of Florida's Wednesday night game at Oklahoma (8 PM, Bally Sports). Eric Fawcett on why Porter Moser is one of the best in the business; Neil W. Blackmon on Oklahoma's challenging guards; and why the frontcourt advantage for Florida may tell the tale.
59 minutes | Nov 21, 2021
Rocket City Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off Preview; Milwaukee wrap
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's 81-45 rout of Milwaukee. Why Florida was so disruptive defensively, how Florida's offensive balance helps the Gators overcome tough shooting nights from some of its guards, and vital improvements from CJ Felder and Phlandrous Fleming Jr. The guys also discuss why it is time to be concerned about Jason Jitoboh, and Eric breaks down his concerns with Florida's pick and roll defense. At minute 25, the guys begin a breakdown of the Rocket City Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off Classic, featuring the Gators, Cal, Seton Hall and Ohio State. The guys discuss Florida's matchup with Cal first, and then preview potential games with Ohio State and Seton Hall. Why Ohio State is good, Cal is not, and why playing a tough, old team like Seton Hall would be like looking in the mirror.
61 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Gators bully FSU; Milwaukee and a lottery pick are next
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's 71-55 win over No. 20 Florida State. How the Gators stymied FSU defensively, and why their new 5 out offense was efficient enough to win. Other topics include: Colin Castleton's big game, two program changing plays by Anthony Duruji, and Leonard Hamilton giving full credit to Mike White's game plan. The guys also discuss how this win can be a springboard for Florida's season. Finally, a big preview (minute 40) of Florida's home tilt Thursday night against Milwaukee, who are led by top 5 recruit and future lottery pick Patrick Baldwin Jr. The guys discuss why Baldwin Jr. is so good, how Florida might guard him, and what the Gators need to do to avoid a letdown.
63 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Gators defeat Elon; Big FSU preview
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's season opening win over the Elon Phoenix. Why the offense was so encouraging, why Colin Castleton's performance was refreshing and why the guys are still worried about Florida's ball screen defense. Plus-- a big preview of the Gators game on Sunday against No. 20 FSU. Is this the season Mike White and Florida end the program's 7 year losing streak to the rival Noles? Why FSU is such a tough matchup for most everyone in college basketball, why this year could be different, and why the key number will be 10-15 turnovers. The guys break down the game- and a FSU roster that has had as much turnover as anyone in America.
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