Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2016-17 Gator Basketball: November Recap

I know this is coming out nearly two weeks after the last Gator basketball game in November, but better late than never.

In the second year of the Mike White era, the Florida Gator men's basketball team finished their first month of non-conference play wth an impressive 6-1 record. This included some big wins over Seton Hall (8-2) and Miami (7-2) with their only loss coming to a perennial power in then No. 11 ranked Gonzaga (10-0).

Early into this young season, here are the stat leaders for the Florida Gators:


Points: KeVaughn Allen (136) (Sophomore)

Assists: Kasey Hill (41) (Senior)

Rebounds: John Egbunu (33) (Redshirt Junior)

Shooting Percentage (100 minutes min.): Justin Leon (55%) (Senior)

Three-Pointers (10 attempts min.): KeVaughn Allen (15)

Three-Point Percentage (10 attempts min.)Justin Leon (52%)

Free Throws: Kasey Hill/John Egbunu/Devin Robinson/Canyon Barry (29) (Junior/Graduate)

Free Throw Percentage (10 attempts min.)KeVaughn Allen (88%)


ReboundsJohn Egbunu (44)

BlocksJohn Egbunu (24)

Steals: Chris Chiozza (14) (Junior)


Personal Fouls: Chris Chiozza (27)

MinutesKasey Hill (289)

Turnovers: Kasey Hill (28)

Final Takeaway
After a very successful month of November, Florida (7-3) has reeled a bit. Climbing as high as No. 21 in the polls, the Gators lost a tough battle to No. 5 Duke (10-1) in Madison Garden before going to Tallahassee and losing for the third straight year to rival Florida State (6-1).

Keep in mind also that Florida has not played a legitimate home game this season with the O'Connell Center undergoing renovations. That will soon change, however, as the Orange and Blue have only one game remaining before they christen the revamped O-Dome on December 21st. Their opponent will be the Arkansas Little-Rock Trojans (8-2).

The Gators should feasibly win their next two games (Charlotte & UALR) before starting SEC play at the end of the month. Their first conference opponent is quite a dandy as they hit the road to take on a stingy Arkansas team that is currently 8-1. A win in Fayetteville would clinch a second consecutive winning month for Florida. 



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