Florida Basketball Hour
By Neil Blackmon and Eric Fawcett
Talking Florida Gators Basketball with weekly guests, features, game analysis and more. Giving a program that’s become a national power the attention it deserves.
Gators defense swallows No. 2 Tennessee; Rupp Arena and Kentucky await
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's huge win over No. 2 Tennessee. How Florida flexed defensively and snuffed out Tennessee's flex offense, the continued brilliance of Kyle Lofton and Myreon Jones, and what this win means for the Gators moving forward. Plus, was this Colin Castleton's signature game? Why has Florida's small lineup been so successful? And what we saw offensively that was encouraging. At minute 32, the guys preview Florida's visit to Rupp Arena and rival Kentucky. The guys talk John Calipari's archaic offense, defend Sahvir Wheeler, and break down the x-factor that is Antonio Reeves. Plus, why Oscar Tshiebwe and Colin Castleton are built to give each other trouble, and much more.
February 02, 2023
Keyontae'd: Kansas State rolls over Gators; No. 2 Tennessee awaits
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's 64-50 loss at No. 5 Kansas State. Keyontae Johnson, playing against his alma mater, poured in a double-double for the Wildcats. The guys discuss Florida's woeful offense, which has now produced 4 of the worst 10 outings in the KenPom era in 2022-23. What can be done to fix it, why it's more than just "missing shots", re-spacing issues and how Florida's actions aren't run crisply are among the topics visited. Plus, just how good is this Gators defense? The guys also discuss 2024 recruiting, Colin Castleton's case for SEC defensive player of the year, and other listener questions. Finally, a breakdown of Florida's upcoming home tilt with No. 2 Tennessee. Why the Vols defense is so good, the versatility of this Tennessee team, and the problem that is Zakai Zeigler.
January 31, 2023
Gators gobble up Gamecocks; Keyontae, No. 5 Kansas State await
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's rout of South Carolina earlier this week. Discussion topics include Florida's great guard play, Colin Castleton playing the best defense of his career, a Niels Lane cameo, and Kowacie Reeves emerging from his shooting slump. At minute 31, the guys dive into No. 5 Kansas State, who will be Florida's opponent in the SEC-BIG 12 Challenge. Led by Markquis Nowell and of course, former Gators star Keyontae Johnson, they discuss what makes the Wildcats so good in year one under their new head coach, Jerome Tang. Can Florida pull the upset? Why Castleton's mismatch might be the key. Finally, at minute 50, the guys do a rapid fire preview- with predictions- of the SEC-BIG 12 challenge.
January 27, 2023
Night at the Rock Quarry: Gators win beautiful rock fight at Miss State; Gamecocks next
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's 61-59 win at Miss State on Saturday night. Graham Hall of 247 Sports joins to talk about the victory. Topics include: the progress of Alex Fudge, a great scout of Tolu Smith by the Gators, Wacie sees the ball go in, and the continued impressive play of Florida's guards. Plus, Will Richard's development. The guys also preview Wednesday night's tilt in the O'Dome against South Carolina. Why GG Jackson is such a fantastic freshman, welcoming home Gators great Eddie Shannon, and much more.
January 24, 2023
Buzzkill, part 2: A&M heartbreak halts momentum from big win over No. 20 Mizzou; Miss St preview
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's win over No. 20 Missouri and another heartbreaking loss to Texas A&M. What went right against the Tigers and wrong against the Aggies. How Florida can avoid a repeat of a 12-point half, and more importantly, score enough to take advantage of a sensational defense. How Buzz Williams stole a game with 2 key timeouts, and a good chat on Florida's final play, which felt doomed from the inbounds play. Plus, at minute 50- a preview of a huge road game at Mississippi State. Why the Bulldogs are better than their record, and how the Gators favorable matchups at guard may offset the Tolu Smith problem Miss State presents.
January 20, 2023
Defense wins...SEC basketball games. Gators halt Georgia, win at LSU: No. 20 Mizzou next
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's home win over Georgia and road win at LSU. How suffocating defense has become Florida's identity, and why the Gators should lean into that moving forward. Plus, Eric on attacking the 1-3-1, Neil on Myreon Jones' leap, and the guys break down the difference maker that is Riley Kugel. Finally, a preview of Saturday's huge contest against No. 20 Missouri, as Florida seeks its first Quad 1 win.
January 12, 2023
Buzz Kill: Gators lose heartbreaker to Aggies; Mike White Returns to Gainesville- Rocco Miller, special guest
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) are joined by one of college basketball's most interesting humans- Rocco Miller, a bracketology expert, scheduling consultant, and hoops junkie to talk Florida and Texas A&M and the return of Mike White to Gainesville with the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend. Rocco was in Gainesville for Florida's heartbreaking loss to the Aggies and he'll share his observations from his courtside vantage point. Plus, why Georgia's guards will be tough for the Gators to corral- and why FAU is so good down in Boca Raton.
January 06, 2023
Cold offense dooms Gators in 2 tough L's to close 2022; SEC Home opener next
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) team up to discuss Florida basketball. On this episode, the boys break down Florida's losses to Oklahoma at the Jumpman Invitational in Charlotte and at Auburn to close 2022. Why the Gators offense has gone cold, and what Florida can do to turn things around in 2023. Plus, positive signs defensively, and how this team has flipped the script on defense. The guys also discuss Florida's lack of late game options, and the "play" that failed to close the Auburn loss. Finally, at minute 55- a preview of the SEC home opener against Texas A&M.
January 03, 2023
Soul Searching Time? UConn dominates Gators; Ohio Preview, and Taking inventory of UF after 10 games
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's 75-54 loss at home to UConn. How the Huskies manhandled Florida, and what positives, if any, to take away from the loss. The guys have a lengthy chat about Florida's offense-- what they have liked through 10 games and what needs work. Plus, rotation questions, Myreon Jones' continued role, and the case for more Riley Kugel. Finally, the guys preview Florida and Ohio (Minute 46), who meet in Tampa on Wednesday. Can the Gators use the Bobcats matchup as a chance to "get well" and hit reset on the season as SEC play approaches?
December 11, 2022
Golden Opportunity: Gators look improved in FAMU, Stetson Wins- But a top 5 UConn team looms
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) discuss Florida's 2-0 week and the team's wins over Florida A&M and Stetson. What was so encouraging about these games, despite the level of competition, and why Florida's improved transition defense matters most. Plus, the guys continue the rotations debate, and wonder what the future holds when Kyle Lofton gets healthy. Alex Fudge's move to the starting lineup, and the importance of CJ Felder as a glue guy, is also discussed. Next, the guys preview Florida's game against No. 5 UConn. What makes this Huskies team so good? Why UConn's offense has looked different this season, how to deal with UConn's frontcourt, and the emergence of Jordan Hawkins as a star. This and much more are discussed at minute 33 as the Gators ready for a golden opportunity at home.
December 06, 2022
PK 84-55: Gators close PK 85 with lopsided loss to West Virginia- our postmortem from a 1-2 Portland trip
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) is joined by Malik Grady (The Close-Up Magic Podcast) to break down Florida's lopsided loss to West Virginia in the 5th place game at the PK 80. Why did the Mountaineers dominate Florida? Why are the Gators so bad defensively? What's with Kowacie Reeves' absence? And what to make of the Gators 0-3 record in games against potential NCAA Tournament teams? This and much more in FBH's comprehensive breakdown of Florida's 1-2 trip to Portland, including commentary on Friday night's win over Oregon State. Plus, at minute 40, Neil Blackmon (Saturday Down South) previews Florida's home matchup this week with Florida A&M.
November 28, 2022
Xavier carves up Gators on Thanksgiving; Oregon State preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's opening round loss to Xavier at the PK 85 Phil Knight Legacy event. In a game when the Gators continuity ball screen offense generated plenty of buckets-- why couldn't Florida get stops? Breaking down the Gators struggles on the defensive side of the basketball, from transition defense to guarding Xavier's flex and stagger actions. Plus, revisiting rotations, and where was Kowacie Reeves? Finally, the guys preview Friday's consolation bracket game against Oregon State. On the Beavers funky 1-3-1 zone, their close call against No. 8 Duke, and who Florida must guard if it hopes to win.
November 25, 2022
Turkey in Portlandia: The PK 85: Phil Knight Legacy Tournament Preview Show
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) preview the PK 85: Phil Knight Legacy tournament, which begins on Thanksgiving Day in Portland. Florida opens with a terrific résumé opportunity against a very good Xavier team, with the winner likely to play Duke. Eric and Neil break down the Gators and Musketeers, an epic frontcourt matchup between Jack Nunge, Zach Freemantle, and Colin Castleton, and what makes Xavier's offense so good. Plus, why Florida's wings may give Xavier's backcourt trouble, and how Florida can attack a two-big lineup from Sean Miller's team. The guys also preview the remainder of an elite field at the PK 85, from a young, big, incredibly talented Duke team to Purdue and its Wooden candidate in Zach Edey to Press Virginia to a top 10 Gonzaga team, why this field is marvelous and every game will be a dogfight. Happy Thanksgiving to all our listeners, their loved ones, friends, and families!
November 23, 2022
Gators rally past FSU in Tallahassee; Jacob Rudner, 247 Sports joins the show
The Gators erased a 19 point FSU lead and a game where the Noles had a 96.6% win probability Friday night to capture their first W in Tallahassee in a decade. FBH breaks the whole thing down. Bur first, Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) is joined by Jacob Rudner, 247 Sports, to talk Florida basketball and break down what Jacob has seen early in the season. Rudner shares insider stories about Wacie Reeves, the Florida coaching staff, and chats rotations, Myreon Jones, rebounding and more with FBH in an extended segment. Plus, why the PK 85 will be so important. At minute 31, FBH breaks down Florida's rally and win at FSU. How Trey Bonham changed the basketball game, why Alex Fudge's defensive prowess matters more than his nasty dunk, and much, much more....
November 23, 2022
Buy Game brutality: Gators fall to FAU, but beat Kennesaw State; FSU Preview
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) discuss Florida's bookend weekend buy games against Kennesaw State (a win) and Florida Atlantic (a loss). What went right against the first set of Owls and wrong against the second set? What is worrying long-term about the FAU loss? Plus, breaking down the rotations: what to make of Niels Lane lack of playing time? What to make of Myreon Jones' extended minutes despite his inability to hit shots? Should Kowacie Reeves get more shots? And is Florida's transition defense a long-term concern? This and more, plus a preview of Florida's trip to Tallahassee to face the Seminoles, where the Gators will look to win for the first time in nearly a decade.
November 17, 2022
Golden Beginning: Gators Rout Stony Brook; Thoughts on the opener, Previewing FAU and Kennesaw St
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) talk Florida's opening night rout of the Stony Brook Seawolves Monday in Exactech Arena. All the reactions and analysis you need from the opening win of the Todd Golden era at Florida. Plus, what surprised the guys and why they loved the starting 5, and what Alex Fudge offers off the bench. Plus, a breakdown of Atlantic Sun foe Kennesaw State and Conference USA's Florida Atlantic, who come to Gainesville on Friday and Monday. Why both Owls are dangerous, and why FAU will be an especially huge challenge for the Gators.
November 10, 2022
Florida Basketball Hour Season Preview, Part IV: The Schedule Show! A deep dive into Florida's schedule `
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Malik Grady (Close Up Magic Podcast) combine forces to take a deep dive into Florida's 2022-23 schedule. Among the topics discussed: the PK 85 Phil Knight Legacy event and a huge game with Xavier, another date with Oklahoma, why the FSU game will always matter, and where Florida's potential trap games and pitfalls are in both the conference and non-conference slate. Plus, the guys open the show talking recruiting and Florida's ambitious, impressive 2024 offer list.
November 03, 2022
The Annual Over/Under and Season Predictions Show, featuring Jake Winderman, CBS Sports
Jake Winderman (CBS Sports) hosts this year's annual Florida Basketball Hour over/under and season predictions episode with Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country). The trio also analyze Florida's recent scrimmage with Miami, who returns the bulk of an Elite 8 squad from a season ago. Who will be Florida's leading scorer? Is this a NCAA Tournament team? What's the ceiling for Colin Castleton? Which transfer has the biggest impact? These predictions and much more on what is always one of our most special shows of the year.
October 25, 2022
Florida Basketball Hour Season Preview, Part II: The Frontcourt
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Malik Grady (The Close Up Magic Podcast) preview Florida's frontcourt for the 2022-2023 season. Led by All-SEC talent Colin Castleton, Eric and Malik discuss why this might be the best Florida front court since the Gators Elite 8 squad. Individual player outlooks, from Castleton to LSU transfer Alex Fudge and all in-between are discussed, along with some statistical numbers to consider as the season approaches. Plus, Eric and Malik break down how Todd Golden may use his bigs schematically in his first season at the helm in Gainesvile.
October 08, 2022
Season Preview, Part I: Kyle Lofton leads a deep, talented backcourt
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) begin their preview of year one of the Todd Golden era in Florida basketball with a look at the Gators backcourt. What will make the Kyle Lofton-Trey Bonham point guard duo so dangerous, and what Lofton will need to do to adjust to life in the SEC. Plus, Kowacie Reeves star potential, Niels Lane and the defensive upside of this backcourt, and why Will Richard may be the X factor. Finally, how much will talented freshman Riley Kugel contribute? All of this and more on part I of the Florida Basketball Hour season preview.
October 04, 2022
Victor Lopez, UF Strength and Conditioning Coach; Off-Season Listener Questions
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) interview Victor Lopez, Florida's new strength and conditioning coach. Coach Lopez shares his fascinating personal story, what he values as a basketball strength coach, and gives his thoughts on the opportunity at UF. Plus, all your offseason listener questions, including a discussion of which Gators will be most improved, Trey Bonham's role, and Alex Fudge's potential ceiling. Finally, the guys rank their favorite coaches in the sport right now, and discuss Feast Week and Multi-Tournament Event fields for the 2022-23 season. Why Maui is always fun, the PK tournaments will rule, and the Charleston Classic is the "analytics and basketball scheme" dream.
September 07, 2022
Gators Finalize Roster; Recruiting Heats Up; Florida and Golden promote the Gator basketball brand
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon break down Florida's final addition to the 2022-23 roster, German big man Aleks Szymczyk. Why Szymczk's skill is so intriguing, and why the scholarship makes sense. Plus, Riley Kugel arrives on campus, and Thomas Haugh becomes Florida's first commitment for the 2023 class. Why Kugel is underrated, and why Haugh will fit in well at Florida. Plus, a dive into some of Florida's other 2023 recruiting targets, and what makes each intriguing. The guys also breakdown the PK 85 bracket, Florida's non-conference schedule, and Todd Golden's promotion of the Florida brand, which stands in stark contrast to the secrecy surrounding the program under the prior regime. Why stories like the CBS Sports and Athletic profiles are good for the program, and why the "Florida Brand" is one that sells and compels in college basketball.
August 03, 2022
Way too Early SEC Preview with Blake Lovell
Blake Lovell of 14Southeastern joins Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) to recap the offseason that was in the SEC. Who won the transfer portal? Is there a better fit than Johni Broome at Auburn? Is this the best Kentucky team since the "Nearly Invincibles" that lost to Wisconsin in the Final 4? Was Dennis Gates quietly the best hire? What do we make of Alabama and Nate Oats in year 3? These questions and more are discussed. Plus, Blake on what he loves about Todd Golden, Florida's NCAA Tournament chops, and why Kyle Lofton will be a gamechanger in Gainesville.
August 02, 2022
"We'll go from Glory Days to Golden Days": Head Coach Todd Golden joins the show
Florida Gators Head Basketball Coach Todd Golden joins Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) for an interview. Coach Golden talks his influences, how he's embracing the history and expectations in Gainesville, life outside of the Air BnB, the big brain of his friend and colleague Jonathan Safir, being intentional in roster building, the importance of Kyle Lofton, and much more. A 30 minute segment with the new head coach. Plus, at minute 30: the guys break down Transfer Portal Team Rankings at various websites. Who won the portal wars? How did the Gators fare? Finally, a SEC-BIG XII challenge "Way too early" preview.
June 17, 2022
Riley Kugel Commitment just what the Dr. Phillips ordered; Too-Soon Depth Chart Discussion
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down the commitment of top 50 guard Riley Kugel. What made Kugel one of the fastest rising players in the 2022 class, and why he has an NBA ceiling. Plus, does the Kugel commitment change FBH's view on "package deals?" The guys also discuss the last remaining roster spot, lament the loss of PJ Hall, and give updates on the health of Colin Castleton and Jason Jitoboh. The Gators 2022-23 schedule is also taking shape, with visits from a rebuilding UCONN on deck and the BIG 12-SEC Challenge slate about to be released. Finally, at minute 45, a way-too-early look at the Florida depth chart for 2022-23.
June 02, 2022
Kyle Lofton Commitment; The Role of Myreon Jones, Remaining Portal Options
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) discuss the commitment of point guard Kyle Lofton, the All Atlantic 10 player who transferred from Saint Bonaventure. Why he's a great fit for the Gators, the value of 2 point guards, and what to reasonably expect next season. The guys also discuss managing expectations on midmajor transfers. At the 30 minute mark, a discussion on the role of Myreon Jones on next year's team. And does Myreon need more of the ball to succeed? Finally, discussions on transfer portal options, the continuing saga of NIL, and Florida making moves on the recruiting trail.
May 20, 2022
"We were about winning" - Gator Great and South Carolina Assistant Eddie Shannon; UF Portal Update
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) are joined this week by Gator Great Eddie Shannon. The Gators all-time steals leader, Shannon discusses the early Billy Donovan era, why he'd walk through a fire with Brent Wright, and why it was clear Billy Donovan was special. Shannon, now an assistant coach at South Carolina, also chats about his new job, back in the SEC, and the coming Lamont Paris era in Columbia. Plus, a transfer portal update and your listener questions at the 27 minute mark. And- a candid discussion on whether Al Horford should be in the Hall of Fame.
May 12, 2022
Portal Power and Pineapple on Pizza: On Florida's Final 3 roster spots and your listener questions
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) joins Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) to discuss Florida's final 3 roster spots, the recent visit of Kyle Lofton and Usun Usunniyi of Saint Bonaventure, and the recent decisions of Johni Broome and former Gators commitment Jalen Reed. Listener questions are also answered, including a lengthy discussion about why, even with 3 spots open, this Florida team is better than the one last year, at least on paper. Plus, does pineapple belong on pizza? Is a hot dog a sandwich? Important food takes in the listener questions segment.
May 06, 2022
"The Play was Zipper 5"- G. Allan Taylor of the Athletic on the Golden Era; More Listener Questions
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) are joined by The Athletic's G. Allan Taylor, who discusses the Todd Golden hire. Why he's optimistic about what the young coach will accomplish in Gainesville, and why Golden's recruiting plan and analytical, data-driven mind will give the program a jolt of energy. Plus, how the Gators might round out their roster for 2022-23, a little Katie Turner chat, and more. That interview begins at minute 20. The guys also answer your listener questions that have carried over from last week.
April 27, 2022
Golden's Plan: Fudge, Bonham Commit; Listener Questions Bonanza
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) discuss the commitment of transfers Alex Fudge (LSU) and Trey Bonham (VMI). Why Fudge helps Florida build its best frontcourt in ages, and why Bonham should be just the beginning of Florida's work at guard. The guys discuss Florida's remaining portal and recruiting targets. They also address the decommitment of the incredibly talented Jalen Reed. Plus, 40 minutes of listener questions, beginning around minute 25.
April 20, 2022
PORTAL SZN!! Return of the Castle and the Will Richard Commitment
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down the return of Colin Castleton to Florida for his super senior season. Joining the guys is Malik Grady, who is running the best Twitter feed in the land about the transfer portal. Malik helps the guys break down Florida's transfer portal targets, including recent signee Will Richard. Plus, where the Gators may turn next, and why signing two point guards might make sense.
April 12, 2022
Golden's Staff Complete; Season in Review, Part II: The Upperclassmen
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Todd Golden's staff hires. Why the guys love the Taurean Green hire, why Jonathan Safir is the smartest guy in most rooms, and why the Carlin Hartman may be the best of them all. Plus, a review of the season that was and the options moving forward for Florida's upperclassmen. Will Myreon Jones stay? What about Colin Castleton? And some kind parting words for Tyree Appleby, an exciting player who never got the credit he deserved at Florida.
April 07, 2022
Todd Golden's Staff Taking Shape; Year in Review- The Underclassmen!
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) joins Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) to discuss Todd Golden's new staff addition, Korey McCray. What the veteran assistant brings the Gators, and why it's a big time hire. The guys also discuss the decommitment of Malik Reneau, and where the Gators stand with Jalen Reed and Denzel Aberdeen. Then, a breakdown of the year that was for Florida's underclassmen, from the vastly improved Niels Lane to the future pro Kowacie Reeves. The guys talk what they liked, what could be better, and how these players can improve next season. Finally, the results of the preseason "Over/Under" contest are in- and the winner is...
March 29, 2022
Golden Era Begins; Gators Season Ends
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) continue their discussion of Florida's new basketball coach, Todd Golden. What to expect from Golden defensively, and how he'll approach his offensive coordinator hire in the weeks to come. The guys also discuss three pieces of advice they'd give to Coach Golden as he takes the job, including why it's important to try to retain assistant Erik Pastrana. Plus, how the Gators can schedule better in the Golden era, and what San Francisco's high NET ranking tells you about Golden's approach to scheduling. Finally, the guys put a bow on Florida's NIT run, which ended with a decisive loss at Xavier on Sunday.
March 22, 2022
Golden Hour: Gators hire Todd Golden as next Head Basketball Coach; Xavier preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's hire of Todd Golden to be the program's next Head Coach. Why the young San Francisco head coach was the right fit, why Scott Stricklin moved so quickly, and a deep dive into the data on Golden as a coach. Plus, what to expect offensively and defensively from the Gators under Golden. The guys also have a candid discussion about whether this hire is ambitious enough for a program of Florida's caliber. The guys also break down Florida's NIT win over Iona, and preview the 2nd round matchup at Xavier on Sunday.
March 18, 2022
Georgia on his mind! The Mike White Era Ends in Gainesville; NIT and Iona Preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon on the end of the Mike White Era in Gainesville. What they'll remember about White and his tenure, from the good to the bad to the reasons White ultimately decided to move on and accept the head coach position at Georgia. Plus, at minute 55, a preview of Florida's 1st Round NIT matchup against Rick Pitino's MAAC Champion Iona team.
March 16, 2022
Phlan-Tastic!! Gators get big win at Vandy; Kentucky and Senior Day looms
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's big win over Vanderbilt. How Florida managed to win a game when the Commodores shot 15-29 from deep and went on a 15-0 run in the second half. Plus, what's the matter with the proud Gators defense? The guys also break down the ways Phlandrous Fleming can and has impacted winning of late. A big Kentucky preview begins at minute 30, with a look at Florida's current bracketology situation and a discussion of what a win would mean. Why defending the arc better must be a priority for Florida, and how the Gators can compete more on the glass. This and more as the Gators honor 6 seniors.
March 04, 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.
February 28, 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...
February 21, 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.
February 13, 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.
February 11, 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.
February 08, 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.
February 04, 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.
January 30, 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.
January 21, 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.
January 17, 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.
January 14, 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...
January 10, 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.
January 04, 2022
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.
December 20, 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.
December 17, 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.
December 09, 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.
December 07, 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.
November 30, 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.
November 21, 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.
November 16, 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.
November 12, 2021
2021-2022 Florida Basketball Season Over/Unders, other Season Predictions
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) combine to go back and forth with predictions for the upcoming Florida basketball season, which begins Tuesday night against Elon. Topics include: who will be Florida's leading scorer, who will be Florida's best defender, which super freshman on Florida's schedule has the biggest game against the Gators, NCAA Tournament hopes, SEC finish and much, much more.
November 05, 2021
Mark Wise (SEC Network/ESPN) joins to preview the Gators season; Embry-Riddle exhibition wrap
Mark Wise (ESPN/SEC Network), former analyst for the Florida Basketball Radio Network, joins the show this week for a conversation about the 2021-2022 Gators, where he sees the Florida program under Mike White, and why Florida's commitment to being an elite defense may pay dividends this season. Mark Wise also discusses how Florida's transfers will blend and why this should be one of White's most balanced teams. Plus, notes and thoughts from Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) on Florida's exhibition win over Embry-Riddle.
November 04, 2021
Season Roster Preview, Part II: CJ Felder is TOUGH, Kowacie Reeves Jr.'s limitless ceiling, and more
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) continue their season preview of Florida basketball with a look at the rest of the Gators roster. Players discussed include Philandrous Fleming, CJ Felder, Kowacie Reeves and Jason Jitoboh. Plus, why walk-ons Jack May and Alex Klatsky are special kids, and why Florida's rotation might be longer this year than in season's past. The guys also drop a recruiting update in late in the show, with upcoming commitments scheduled from targets Noah Clowney and Chance Westry.
October 25, 2021
2021-2022 Season Preview, Part I: McKissic is an alpha dog, the ceiling for Colin Castleton and more
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) joins Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) to begin their 2 part preview of Florida's 2021-2022 season. In this episode, the guys discuss transfer guards Brandon McKissic and Myreon Jones, who offer experience and leadership to a program that has been so young the past 2 seasons. Plus, what's the ceiling for 1st Team All-SEC center Colin Castleton? And how can he build on a big 2020-21 season? Other players discussed are Niels Lane, Anthony Duruji and freshman Elijah Kennedy. Plus, a breakdown of why the addition of Erik Pastrana is so exciting for the Florida program, both from a scheme and recruiting standpoint.
October 20, 2021
Gators open Fall Camp; Recruiting!!!
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) discuss the opening weeks of Florida's fall basketball camp. Topics include who has impressed, who is the most improved, and which of Florida's four transfers will make a huge impact. Plus, the guys discuss whether "getting old and staying old" will continue to be a viable recruiting and program building strategy in the age of the transfer portal. Plus, the guys break down the commitment of PG Denzel Aberdeen out of Orlando, and discuss Florida's chances with combo guard Chance Westry, a high four star out of Pennsylvania.
October 14, 2021
5 Star Malik Reneau commits and all your offseason listener questions
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down the commitment of Montverde forward Malik Reneau. Why landing a 5 star from the 305 is such a big deal for Mike White and this staff, and how Reneau can be the building block to a monster class. Plus, all your listener questions, including: - Breaking down the addition of JUCO big man Tuongthach Gatkek; - a Dream recruiting class for 2022 - Expected starters and rotation for 2021-22 - Which Gators will dominate "name, image and likeness" - the evolution of Jason Jitoboh and much, much more.
September 16, 2021
NBA Draft Recap; Florida's schedule finalized; Elijah Kennedy added to roster
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's two selections in the NBA Draft, including Tre Mann, who became the first Gator selected in the first round since Bradley Beal. How do Mann and Scottie Lewis fit with their respective rosters? And what adjustments will they need to take the next step? Plus, Florida's SEC schedule is finalized. Why this is a more favorable schedule than years past. The guys also discuss Florida's out of conference slate, and why a late December game at home against a low major is very scary. Finally, Eric and Neil break down the addition of Virginia prep guard Elijah Kennedy. Why the unexpected star of the Peach Jam tournament picked the Gators-- and how he'll fit into Florida's 2021-22 plans.
August 13, 2021
Talking Florida's Offensive Identity, Castleton's return and Gators in the NBA Draft
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) on the return of Colin Castleton and what it means for Florida next season. Plus, with Florida's roster mostly set: what style of offense should Florida play? Why Florida's lack of an offensive identity has hurt them in the last 3 campaigns and why playing smart, personnel-based offense might redeem the Gators in 2021-22. The guys also preview the hopes of Tre Mann and Scottie Lewis in the NBA Draft. Why both Eric and Neil think Scottie's name is called on Draft night. Plus, listener questions, a little more NBA Draft talk and a fun chat about the best jobs in the SEC.
July 08, 2021
Breaking down Florida's new assistant hires
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) discuss Florida's two new assistant basketball coaches: Erik Pastrana from Oklahoma State and Akeem Miskdeen of Florida Atlantic. Among the topics discussed: - Pastrana as an ace recruiter - The Dusty May connection - Issues with no offensive coordinator? - How do they replace Mincy and Nichols? - Why midmajor coaches like Miskdeen often bring immense value and much more. Plus, Maryland and Florida in December in Brooklyn. Thoughts on that fun matchup, and the Mike White and Mark Turgeon comparisons.
June 01, 2021
Season Review, The Final Chapter: Roster grades, Listener questions
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) hand out letter grades to every Florida player departing for the NBA or returning to Florida for the 2021-22 season. Plus, what to expect from each player next season. Also, your listener questions are all answered, from 2022 recruiting targets to the impact of losing 2 assistants on the program to how Florida will defend with Colin Castleton and CJ Felder next season. This and much more as the guys close the book on the 2020-21 campaign and look ahead to the offseason and the 2021-22 team.
April 29, 2021
Season Review, Part 6: Darris Nichols leaves, Keyontae... Returns?
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) discuss the departure of longtime assistant and star Darris Nichols, who left to become the Head Coach of Radford University in his hometown this week. What Nichols meant to the staff, why he'll do well at Radford, and the challenge of losing two top assistants in one offseason for Mike White. The guys also break down three names that have shown up in Florida's assistant coaching search, and discuss the candidacy of each and how they might fit with Florida's staff. Plus, plenty on Keyontae Johnson's announcement that he'll return to Florida for his senior season- whether he is medically cleared to play or not. What Keyontae means to the Gator program now-- and where he may fit when and if he gets the chance to play again. This and more in this edition of FBH.
April 23, 2021
Tales from the Portal, Volume 4: Gators add two more
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) on Florida's latest transfer portal additions: combo guard Myreon Jones of Penn State and Charleston Southern wing Phlandrous Fleming. Why these additions improve Florida's scoring balance, and how they'll fit with the new look roster is discussed. Plus, listener questions, including a projected starting 5, a recruiting update, why we like this team's balance, and much more.
April 15, 2021
Gators hit the transfer portal, with Graham Hall
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) are joined by Graham Hall (Gainesville Sun) for a discussion about Florida's transfer portal additions Brandon McKissic of UMKC and CJ Felder of Boston College. The trio also discuss the national championship game, what Florida can learn from Baylor, the season that was, and "Keyontae" revisionist history. Plus: - Big things ahead for Niels Lane? - How much did COVID impact the Florida freshmen? - What is Florida's identity? - Listener questions and more....
April 07, 2021
Season Review, Part II: Tales from the Portal
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) dive bravely into a transfer portal filled with over 1,000 souls. What the world looks like in there-- and why this is college basketball's "new normal." The guys also take a long look at each of the players in the portal the Gators have targeted to date. The guys also bring in special guest Malik Grady, who will add his insight into the departure of Omar Payne from the Florida program this week, as well as the decision by Colin Castleton to test the waters in the SEC. Also discussed: evaluating the Al Pinkins hire, what type of assistant should replace Jordan Mincy, and more.
April 01, 2021
Season Review, Part I: Roster Turnover, Best and Worst of 2020-21 season
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) with the first of their three part "season in review" series. The guys break down the best moments- and the worst moments- of the 2020-21 season. Plus, a team MVP is named and a way too early breakout star for 2021-22 is selected. Eric also revists the FBH preseason predictions-- and finds that FBH held its own. In the show's first half hour, the guys say goodbye to Tre Mann, the hometown hero now headed to the NBA and destined to be Mike White's first NBA Draft pick. The stunning transfer decision of Noah Locke will also be discussed, as will the less surprising departures of guard Ques Glover and forward Osayi Osifo. Finally, good luck and farewell to Jordan Mincy, White's longtime assistant-- and what that may mean moving forward for this Florida staff.
March 27, 2021
Oral Roberts heartbreak halts Gators season in Round of 32
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) on Florida's heartbreaking 81-78 loss to Oral Roberts in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. What went wrong down the stretch for Florida, including: - the decision by Mike White to slow the game down - Florida's aggressive switches leading to open driving lanes - Florida's turnover issues plague them again - Officiating impacts outcome. This and much more, including praise for Florida's Noah Locke and Tre Mann, who left it all on the floor. Finally, a thank you to our listeners and supporters for another season. Stick with us for our season in review show later this week.
March 23, 2021
Gators rally past Virginia Tech; Oral Roberts Preview
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's thrilling 75-70 overtime win over Virginia Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon. How Florida's defensive game plan keyed the victory-- and how Mike White's curious decisions late put the game at risk. Plus, Tre Mann and Colin Castleton proving stars matter in March. Finally, a lengthy preview of Florida's second round matchup with 15 seed Oral Roberts, who stunned the college basketball universe by upsetting two seed Ohio State in South Region play Saturday afternoon. Why Kevin Obanor and Max Abmas are legitimate stars, why Florida's depth may overwhelms the Golden Eagles, and why Florida's ability to free up Noah Locke may key the Gators.
March 20, 2021
Gators in the Dance: Virginia Tech Preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) bring you a comprehensive preview of Florida's first round NCAA Tournament South Regional matchup with 10 seed Virginia Tech. Included: - Why Mike Young and the Hokies run such great offense - Why Florida's different zones may be a better move than packline or clogging passing lanes - Why it's critical for Florida to crash the glass and play in transition when they can - Why Colin Castleton may be the key to the game. Plus, a look at potential upsets in each bracket, predictions on what SEC teams play on to the second weekend, and a fun discussion about why the winner of the Florida-Virginia Tech game could reasonably advance to the Sweet 16.
March 17, 2021
SEC Tournament Recap; Gators snag 7 Seed in South
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's two and barbeque trip to the SEC Tournament last week in Nashville. Why Florida struggled offensively and what the Gators need to do to be less one dimensional on offense. Plus. why the defense was encouraging and why Niels Lane is commanding more minutes. The guys also discuss what's ailing Colin Castleton and the continued struggles of wing Scottie Lewis. Finally, a look ahead, as the Gators snag a 7 seed in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament, extending the SEC's longest consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance streak.
March 16, 2021
Vols rally past shorthanded Gators; SEC Tournament preview
Neil W. Blackmon (SDS) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) discuss Florida's regular season ending loss at Tennessee. Florida stormed to a 14-point lead without star guard Tre Mann, but the Gators were ultimately pounded inside by an inspiredd Tennessee team in the second half. Why this loss was about more than just "Effort" and "Hustle." Plus, why Florida's offense was good in the opening half but stagnant and sloppy in the second half. The guys also break down a good defensive effort spoiled by second-chance possessions and Tennessee's dominance on the glass. Having lost the double bye, the Gators will now play Thursday afternoon in Nashville. What to expect in Florida's second round game at the SEC Tournament-- and why Texas A & M is a difficult matchup should the Gators draw the Aggies. Finally, FBH unveils its All-SEC team media ballot selections.
March 08, 2021
Home Heartbreak to Mizzou; Do or Die for Double Bye at Tennessee
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's heartbreaking loss at the buzzer to Missouri. Why Florida lost focus, and why it was questionable offense that doomed the Gators in a rough first half. Plus, why Florida's defensive plan was good, but execution was not. Finally, the guys discuss the continued star turn of Tre Mann and whether it is time to really worry about Colin Castleton. At minute 35, a big Tennessee preview. For the second straight season, the Gators hopes for a double bye in the SEC Tournament come down to the final game of the regular season. Why containing Victor Bailey again is the key for Florida defensivlely, and how the Gators can stare down adversity to gain their first win on Rocky Top in the White era.
March 05, 2021
Revenge at Rupp; Mizzou preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's big win at Rupp Arena. How a switch to a 3-2 Zone by Mike White helped Florida capture just the 11th win in program history in Lexington. Why Anthony Duruji playing within himself is huge for this Gators team-- and why Colin Castleton's fundamentals were so huge to the Gators Saturday. Plus, the continued star turn of Tre Mann, both offensively and defensively. Next, the guys preview "Senior Night"-- without any seniors-- at Exactech Arena. A Missouri team that has been ranked as high as # 10 this season visits Gainesville. The guys talk why Xavier Pinson's ability to drive north and south presents issues for Florida, and why Jeremiah Tillmon is so dominant. How Florida will defend an efficient Mizzou offense-- and look to pad its NCAA resume.
February 28, 2021
Gators rout Auburn; Ready for Rematch at Rupp
Neil W. Blackmon (SDS) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) discuss Florida's big win over Auburn at Auburn Arena. It's tough to win without your best player-- as Florida can tell you and as Auburn found out without Sharife Cooper Tuesday night. Plus, how Florida's defense played its best basketball of the season on the Plains. The guys also dive into the red-hot play of Tre Mann, how Florida has adjusted to drop pick and roll coverage, and why the Auburn game may have been Scottie Lewis's best college game. Finally, a preview of Florida's nationally-televised trip to Rupp Arena Saturday. How Isaiah Jackson's growth has elevated Kentucky's play, and why the Cats can win the SEC Tournament in Nashville. Eric and Neil also dive into how Kentucky defends- and why getting out in transition could be the key for the Gators.
February 25, 2021
Gators sweep Georgia; Auburn preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) on Florida's 70-63 win over Georgia at home Saturday. How Florida built a huge lead-- and why yet again, they struggled to close a game. The guys will also talk Florida's terrific transition defense, Ques Glover's best game, and the post-COVID pause struggles of Noah Locke and Tyree Appleby. Plus, why Scottie Lewis had some really nice moments, even as he continues to struggle offensively. At minute 35: a detailed preview of the Auburn game. Why Sharife Cooper has been such an immense challenge for most everyone, and how he makes defenses pick their poison. In our coaches corner, Neil breaks down what he loves about Bruce Pearl's offensive scheme, and Eric talks about how he would defend Auburn's ball screens if he were the Gators. To hedge or not to hedge-- that is the question.
February 21, 2021
Gators rally falls short at Arkansas; previewing Round 2 with Georgia
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down a frustrating Florida loss at Vanderbilt. How Arkansas frustrated Florida offensively- and why it wasn't just about rust. Plus, why Florida's matchup zone offered mixed results, and why Florida's toughness almost won the day despite a tough night offensively. Eric also does his "coaches corner" segment on how Florida can attack pick and roll coverage. Finally, the guys break down the struggles of Scottie Lewis and Tre Mann in Florida's two game losing skid. At minute 35, Neil talks about how KD Johnson has changed Georgia, giving them hope in halfcourt sets. Still, while Georgia is improved-- the guys break down why it is Florida's offense that should give it the edge.
February 18, 2021
Arkansas preview and More Mailbag!!
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon preview Florida's return from a third pause as the Gators head to Arkansas Tuesday night. Why the Hogs have had such a nice season, and how Eric Musselman's roster flip worked. The guys will also break down how to attack Arkansas' switching defense and new wrinkle- a steady 2-3 zone. Finally, why an unselfish basketball team full of guys who can create has made this the most versatile Arkansas offense in a long while. In the mailbag segment: - Coach of the Year candidates - most disappointing blueblood in a year of disappointing bluebloods - Two TV shows to take to a deserted island and your listener questions....
February 15, 2021
COVID Pause, Volume 3: It's time for listener questions and a Mailbag!!
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) discuss Florida's third COVID pause of the season, which equals the national high for a program that has not "shut down." How will the pause impact the Gators? Why we think missing the A & M game hurts when Florida resumes play. And what to expect from the Gators down the stretch of the season. Plus, we answer all your listener questions, from the great ones to the bad takes. Finally, Eric and Neil have "mailbag" questions for one another-- ranging from whether they want the 2014 Final Four team to have a UCONN rematch or a healthy John Egbunu back to who is the 3rd best team in the country.
February 12, 2021
Brutal South Carolina loss at home; Graham Hall guests
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's disappointing home loss to South Carolina. Why Florida's defense couldn't get stops-- and how South Carolina's pick and roll coverages stifled the Gators usually dominant pick and roll offense. We'll also break down Mike White's puzzling rotations, and talk about whether this was a loss about culture or a loss about scheme. Plus, Graham Hall of the Gainesville Sun joins the show. He will discuss the Carolina loss, the player development debate, Mike White's culture, the state of the locker room and much more. Finally, the guys will preview Florida's trip to the PMAC- where another strong ass LSU team awaits.
February 05, 2021
Tough Gators claw out win at West Virginia; South Carolina Preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday down South) on Florida's big win at West Virginia. Why this might be the toughest basketball team Mike White's ever coached. Plus, Castleton, Mann and Locke shine in win-- how Florida reinvented itself offensively. The guys will also discuss how Scottie Lewis changed the game on defense, and why Florida can be better when they double in the post, even against elite bigs like Derek Culver. Finally, why Hall of Famer Bob Huggins left the arena impressed with the Gators and Mike White. The guys will also preview Florida's home tilt with a talented Frank Martin team. Why this will be a tough mental test after a big win-- and why the Gamecocks are better than their record.
January 31, 2021
SEC-BIG 12 Challenge and West Virginia Preview; Vandy review
Neil W. Blackmon and Eric Fawcett review Florida's win over Vanderbilt. Is Florida just sloppy on defense-- or is it schematic? What to make of Florida's rotations-- and why the move to two bigs paid off, even if Payne and Castleton didn't score a bunch. Plus, an argument fans should be encouraged by Florida grinding out wins when they don't play well. Plus, at minute 40-- a lenghty preview of Florida's SEC-BIG 12 challenge with # 11 West Virginia Saturday. Why this is a different kind of Bob Huggins team, why Derek Culver is special, and why Florida will need to limit the Mountaineers' damage on the offensive glass to win. Finally, the guys take a quick look at the rest of the SEC-Big 12 challenge.
January 29, 2021
Tre and Tyree are special in win over Georgia; Vandy Preview
Neil Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's win at Georgia this past weekend. How Florida's guards are becoming so special, and why Florida mauled Georgia in the paint as a result of special guard play. Also, praise for the staff and the decision to play two bigs, which is making a significant difference for Florida offensively and on the glass. In the coach's corner, the guys discuss why Florida struggled a bit against a 2-3 zone, and how Florida can attack it in the future. The guys also break down why Florida's pick and roll defense continues to be a cause for concern. Finally, the guys preview Florida's Wednesday home contest with Vanderbilt. Why Vanderbilt's ability to score makes them better than their record, and why Florida needs to stay locked in and not look ahead at a tough game at West Virginia.
January 24, 2021
We're Lovin It! Gators rout Tennessee; UGA Preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's big win over No. 6 Tennessee. How did Florida pull of the upset? Why did Florida rebound so well? What impact did Florida's decision to play bigger have? Why Florida's offense was able to carve up one of the best defenses in college basketball. This and more... Plus, a preview of Florida's trip to Georgia, where a revamped Bulldogs roster in year 3 under Tom Crean awaits.
January 21, 2021
Listener Question Bonanza: Inside Florida's 6-4 start
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's loss at Mississippi State: why Florida continues to get bulldozed inside and why that led to a frustrating defeat. Plus, a coach's corner that argues Florida should continue to try to push despite depth issues-- why Florida's early shot clock offense, both in and out of sets, has been better than full halfcourt sets. The guys also dish on how to help Colin Castleton inside. Plus, all your listener questions, on topics including: - midterm grades for players and staff - Florida's recruiting gamble - How far does Florida have to go to restore itself to prominence And all of your questions about Mike White and the future of the program.
January 18, 2021
Comeback! Gators defeat Ole Miss; Miss State trip awaits
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's thrilling 72-63 comeback win over the Ole Miss Rebels in Gainesville Tuesday night. Why Florida's defense led the way, and why Florida did a nice job of running offense to suit Colin Castleton. Plus, more on the sophomore big man and the continued encouraging play of Tre Mann. We'll also talk about the leadership of Noah Locke, who played his finest game of the season against a stout Rebels defense. Plus, a breakdown and preview of Florida's trip to Mississippi State. The Bulldogs lost two NBA draft picks from last year's 20-win team that was NCAA Tournament bound before the pandemic. Why the Bulldogs reloaded in the front court, and a healthy debate about Ben Howland.
January 14, 2021
Gators embarrassed by Kentucky at home-- what now?
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday down South) break down Florida's 76-58 loss to Kentucky. Why it was so bad, why it was mostly about scheme, and what can Florida do to right the ship, especially defensively. Plus, why Florida's rotations are curious, why isolation basketball isn't working consistently, and why if pushing the ball is in Mike White's DNA it is still difficult to tell. The guys also dive into what the loss means for the health of the program (MINUTE 40). Is it time to consider a coaching change? Is the conversation still complicated? Finally, a physical, tough defensive Ole Miss readies to visit Gainesville.
January 10, 2021
Alabama Loss; Kentucky preview
The guys break down a disappointing Gators performance at Alabama. Why it was more about scheme and shot selection than toughness, and why Florida missed Keyontae so much. Plus, a lengthy preview of Florida’s home tilt vs rival Kentucky. How this chapter San end better than the last one against Big Blue...
January 08, 2021
Gators get strong ass win over LSU; previewing Alabama
The guys break down a strong ass Gator victory over LSU Saturday in Gainesville. In a marvelous college basketball game, a breakdown of how Florida's stars came out to play in the absence of their biggest star. Why Colin Castleton has been so good, and did Michigan miss on him? Plus, what Florida did defensively to disrupt LSU in the second half. Plus, a closer look at Noah Locke's struggles early in the season. Also, a preview of Florida's visit Tuesday to a red-hot Alabama team (minute 34) coming off a win at Tennessee. Why the Crimson Tide might be for real if they can find consistency, and why Nate Oats makes basketball so much fun.
January 03, 2021
Gators win SEC Opener over Vanderbilt; LSU preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday down South) on Florida's SEC opening win at Vanderbilt. Why the Gators commitment to inside-out offense worked, the value of the Florida bench, the growth of Scottie Lewis and a possible problem with pick and roll defense. Plus, the guys preview the SEC home opener against a strong ass LSU team, led by national freshmen of the year candidate Cam Thomas.
December 31, 2020
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday down South) discuss Keyontae Johnson, who collapsed on the court early in Florida's game at Florida State this past weekend. What we know, why we trust only the updates we're getting officially, and the positive news Monday that Johnson is responding to simple commands. The guys also discuss their favorite Keyontae moments as a Gator, where he is on their list of favorite Gator hoopers ever, and why he's an even better human than basketball player. Plus, why Florida decided to play on and what went into that decision, plus a prayer for Keyontae, as well as the the players, coaches, staff, families and all those at Florida close to him.
December 15, 2020
FSU Preview and Stetson wrap
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down and preview Florida's upcoming trip to Tallahassee to take on No. 20 FSU. Can Mike White get his first win over FSU as head coach of the Gators and snap Florida's six game losing streak to the Noles in the process? The guys discuss why this Florida State team will be outstanding despite the personnel changes. They'll talk FSU's culture, and why the Seminoles are one of the nation's most underrated programs. They'll also chat about why Florida is (finally) well-equipped to play FSU from a matchup standpoint. Plus, the Xs and Os of the game, and why Florida breaking the press may be key. Before the FSU preview (minute 22), the guys will open the show by breaking down Florida's 86-40 win over Stetson in the home opener. Is Florida's tenacious defense back? A coach's corner on why Mike White's such an outstanding defensive coach is also in this section of the show.
December 09, 2020
Bubbleville Wrap: Stetson preview
The guys break down Florida’s 2-0 trip to Bubbleville, which was a tale of two performances. Plus, a preview of Florida’s home opener against Stetson.
December 05, 2020
Gators Basketball, Finally! Army and Boston College Preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) on Florida's trip to Bubbleville, where the Gators will (finally) open the season after a COVID pause. The guys preview Florida's games against a suprising, unbeaten Army team out of the Patriot League and against Boston College from the ACC. What to expect from each opponent, and why each presents unique challenges. Plus, what to watch for in the Bubble, including: - Who starts at PG? - How fast does Florida play, especially coming off a COVID pause and playing back to back games? - What does the frontcourt rotation look like? That and more as we finally get Gators basketball...
December 01, 2020
Listener Question Season Preview and U-MASS Lowell Preview
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) team up to talk all things Gators Basketball. On this episode, they continue their season preview with listener questions on issues ranging from the team's ceiling, go-to-players, defensive identity, pro comparisons for Scottie Lewis and Colin Castleton and questions about the Gator backcourt. The guys also discuss why a versatile frontcourt and an improved Omar Payne could key a bounce back season defensively. Plus, is Florida's 7 year NBA draft drought about coaching? Is it an indictment of Florida's player development? Or is it an argument that the team has overachieved and done more with less? Somewhere in between? The guys discuss it, as well as the weird take that Mike White "damaged" Kerry Blackshear Jr.'s pro prospects. Finally, the guys break down Florida's season opener against U-Mass Lowell, and why it's a sneaky good game to have before a Black Friday date with Virginia.
November 20, 2020
Over/Under 2020-21 Season Predictions episode; plus, Listener questions and DEFENSE
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday down South) with an episode of over/under predictions on the 2020/21 season. Topics covered: starting PG, team 3P per game, who will be the second leading scorer, regular season record, and much more. Plus, your listener questions on everything from the starting frontcourt to who replaces Connecticut on the schedule. Finally, a "Coaches Corner" on why Niels Lane and Scottie Lewis will make Florida more versatile defensively, and what type of press UF might deploy.
November 02, 2020
Early insights as Gators open fall camp; Big East preview
Florida has opened its fall camp for the 2020-21 season. The guys discuss the season to come, with insight into early reports coming out of camp. Among the topics: - Great depth - The PG battle - What role for Tre Mann - Osayi Osifo's work ethic pushing Omar Payne - Florida's tempo commitment and more. Plus, a look at Florida's recruiting situation after Alex Fudge's commitment to LSU. Finally, the guys preview the Big East. Will anyone challenge Villanova? Is this a breakthrough year for UCONN? Is Patrick Ewing in trouble at Georgetown? Who challenges Creighton for second? Are Ed Cooley and Providence better without Alpha Diallo, and much, much more....
October 21, 2020
Fall Camp Insider Notes and ACC Basketball Preview
The guys discuss Florida's fall camp and talk about the exciting growth of guard Tre Mann, among other Gators. Plus, a lengthy discussion about pace of play and tempo, and why this roster is suited for it offensively. Also, the national outlook on Scottie Lewis's sophomore ceiling is varied. The guys explain why that might be and what to expect from the sophomore, on and off the court. Finally, after a lengthy SEC preview, the guys turn their focus to the ACC. Will UNC be back? Is Virginia going to win the league? Will FSU weather colossal personnel and leadership losses for the second consecutive season? How will Justin Roach do leading Duke's offense? Will Georgia Tech or Miami surprise? Is Louisville ready to crack the ACC elite under Chris Mack? This and much, much more...
October 07, 2020
SEC spectacular with Adam Spencer, Saturday down South
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country dot com) are joined by Adam Spencer, the lead college basketball writer for Saturday down South, to talk all things SEC hoops. From hot seats to potential MTE bubbles to Feast Week to whether this is finally the year for Rick Barnes, this show has a little of everything.
September 24, 2020
To press or not to press: plus, listener questions and offseason and recruiting insider notes!
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) team up to discuss whether "playing fast" also means Florida should ratchet up tempo defensively by consistently employing a press, as Mike White loved to do at Louisiana Tech. The guys discuss why the press is so sparingly a consistent defense at the Power 5 level. Plus, why FBH thinks the Gators can be vastly improved on defense without it. Also: - Your listener questions on defense, rotations, who starts at the 2, the UF/FSU rivalry and more... - Recruiting insider notes - Development insider notes - Our tribute to John Thompson, Jr., a man and coach ahead of his time.
September 02, 2020
SEC Summer roundup: Blake Lovell, the Godfather of SEC Basketball Coverage
The guys are joined by Blake Lovell, the Godfather of SEC Basketball Coverage. Blake is putting together the always-essential Blue Ribbon College Basketball preview, but he stopped by to chat all things SEC basketball with us. While the show was recorded before Isaiah Joe's decision to leave Arkansas, we discussed a variety of topics, including: - How good can the Gators be? Is Mike White on the hot seat? - How good will Tennessee be? Can Rick Barnes finally deliver? - How good will the middle of the league be: why Alabama can be special, South Carolina will be tournament bound, Arkansas has insane depth, LSU's starting 5 is still special and why Kentucky better hope Terrence Clarke is the answer at point guard. Plus, basketball in a bubble, Keyontae Johnson is good at basketball, Anchorman and more...
August 17, 2020
Mike White back-to-school press conference; Special guest Matt Wolff
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) are joined by special guest Matt Wolff, who is set to host a Gator Great Alumni Game and weekend in 2021, when life (hopefully) returns to normal. Matt talks about why he wanted to put on a Gator Alumni game, many of the players he has committed to attend, and what the weekend will involve. Plus, he shares his fondest memories as a well-traveled Gators fan. Plus, the guys discuss some of the very interesting comments made by Mike White at his back-to-school press conference, including the team's commitment to play faster. What that means for rotations, the press, and much more.
August 12, 2020
Conversation with Jim Root of 3 Man Weave- Florida, SEC and Hot Seats!
The guys are joined by the outstanding Jim Root, one member of the tremendous college basketball podcast 3 Man Weave. Jim joins and provides his insight into a variety of topics, from the outsider view of Florida's program under Mike White, to how UF will play next season offensively, to the emergent power that is the SEC and much more. Plus, a great back and forth on hot seats around college basketball.
August 08, 2020
Rob Dauster, NBC Sports College Basketball Talk
NBC Sports college hoops writer Rob Dauster joins the show to talk a number of topics in the sport as players return to campus. Among the topics: - Why are there so few black head coaches in the Power 6? Will John Calipari's support of the McClendon scholarship open the door for improvement? - Mike White: is the hot seat talk fair? Does Florida need a new identity? As good as Andrew Nembhard is, are the Gators better positioned to win without him? What impact will Andrew have at Gonzaga? - Is the UCONN renaissance inevitable with the program's return to the Big East? And much, much more... Be sure to follow Rob on Twitter @RobDauster.
July 31, 2020
The Recruiting Show!!!
The guys break down Florida's 2021 recruiting board, led by soon to be 5 star commit Kowacie Reeves Jr. They talk about how many scholarships Florida will have, who the Gators may target, and break down some of the individuals Florida has reached out to during the July live contact period. Plus, a sneak peak at a few of Florida's key 2022 targets, including 5 star Keyonte George out of Lewisville, Texas.
July 20, 2020
2020-2021 Roster Set: On what to expect offensively + Listener Questions
With Florida's 2020-2021 Men's Basketball Roster set, the guys break down what to expect from Florida offensively. Will the Gators continue to build on Princeton offense concepts integrated into Mike White's system the past two seasons? With more athletes and creators-- will the Gators use more pick and roll and be better doing it? What rotations make sense? A deep coaches corner explores that discussion. Plus, your listener questions cover a range of topics-- from concern about the young frontcourt to rotations to recruiting battles.
July 16, 2020
State of the Programs with Special Guest David Waters of Gators Breakdown
David Waters (Gator Dave!), the host of the incredibly successful Florida Football podcast "Gators Breakdown" joins us to discuss Florida basketball, football, and life as an independent journalist and podcast host. Among the topics discussed: - How Dave started Gators Breakdown - The State of the Basketball Program: is apathy a problem in the fan base after a disappointing 2019-20? - How good can Florida be in football in 2020? - How good can Florida be in basketball in 2020? - What Mike White could learn from Dan Mullen - What Dan Mullen could learn from Mike White - The State of basketball and football recruiting - Trask Hive vs. Emory Hive: is it a thing? and much more.
June 11, 2020
Nembhard to Transfer: What does it all mean?
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down the surprising transfer of PG Andrew Nembhard from the program, where Andrew was a two-year starter. What it means for Florida at point guard next year and the guard position generally. Plus, a discussion of Florida's two-year roster flip- from a team with less athleticism and smaller guards to one with an abundance of wings and athletes. Then, 40 minutes of your listener questions, on topics ranging from: - was the 2006 or 2007 Gators champion better? - 2021 recruiting board - Florida's incoming clas: who redshirts? who plays? - Tre Mann's role if he returns in 2020-21 - Biggest concern with the basketball team... and more.
May 31, 2020
The 2006 National Championship Game: Florida 73, UCLA 57
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down the 2006 National Championship game, which saw Florida capture its first national championship in basketball. The game was nearly a wire to wire Florida victory, and saw the Gators put together what longtime CBS college basketball analyst Billy Packer called "one of the finest team performances in the history of college basketball." It was the ultimate team win by one of the sport's ultimate teams. The guys break down the game minute by minute, with side notes about recruiting battles, offense and defensive systems, key moments and other snippets about the Gators' win. Also: - A brief note on Florida's pursuit of Georgetown transfer Mac McClung.
May 17, 2020
Nembhard, Mann NBA Draft Decisions, A Transfer and Kowacie Reeves Decision
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) discuss a really busy week in Florida basketball. FIrst, the decision of Andrew Nembhard to declare for the NBA draft but hire an NCAA certified agent. The guys break down his decision, his future and why a return to Florida might not make much sense. (Minute 1-15). Second, the guys discuss Tre Mann's decision to also declare for the NBA Draft. Is he just getting feedback, or is it possible he's leaving Florida? Why a return to Gainesville makes sense-- and why he could breakout in 2021. (Minutes 15-25). Listener questions-- and the Nembhard or Mann debate (Minutes 25-35). Then, Eric breaks down the transfer of Michigan big and former four-star recruit Colin Castleton to Gainesville. What the Gators are getting in the talented center. (Minutes 35-50). Finally, the guys break down the decision of top 50 guard Kowacie Reeves Jr., who may pick the Gators tomorrow, nearly two years after Florida gave him his first offer. Plus- Neil on his health and COVID-19.
April 30, 2020
The guys discuss the return of Keyontae Johnson to UF for his junior season. Plus, how will the Gators handle big expectations for a second consecutive season? Finally- all your listener questions— and a chat about the best Gators ever tournament going down on Twitter.
April 17, 2020
Scottie Lewis Returns
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday down South) break down the decision of Florida freshman Scottie Lewis to return for his sophomore season in Gainesville. Why it was a smart, mature decision by Lewis and how it sets him up for a big second season on campus. Plus, how the decision impacts Florida's rotations in 2020-21 and playing time for Florida's other guards and wings. Also: all your listener questions, with topics such as: - Will Andrew Nembhard also return? - Will Samson Ruzhentsev have a bigger impact as a freshman than Lewis? - Will Florida play faster in 2020-21`? - How does Lewis's return impact Noah Locke and Tre Mann? - Who benefits most from Lewis's return? - What starting 5 of all-time Gators could beat the 2007 national champions? and much, much more.
April 07, 2020
Season in Review: Listener Questions Style
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) team up to take over an hour of your listener questions about the 2019-20 Gators basketball season and what to expect in 2020-21. Topics include: - toughest losses of 2019-20 season - the futures of Keyontate Johnson, Andrew Nembhard and Scottie Lewis - a projected starting 5 for 2020-21 - Tre Mann's expected leap in production - why Florida will be better on defense next season - Coaching staff report cards - grad transfer and transfer market and much more. Please enjoy and remember to give us a rating at Apple Podcasts, a heart on Spotify and to send your listender questions to us on Twitter @FloridaBBHour.
March 22, 2020
March Sadness: Selection Sunday Edition
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) talk about the cancellation of the SEC and NCAA Tournaments. What they'll miss most about this year's version of March Madness, what SEC teams were poised for deep runs, disappointment and who they think may have cut down the nets in Atlanta. Plus, why Florida's offense was much-improved, but still prone to scoring droughts. Can Florida become less set reliant in 2020-2021? And what went wrong on defense, where this team put together the worst defensive season under Mike White? Why that problem seems like something that will get fixed in 2020-2021- and what the coaches could have done differently this time around. This and much more in a special Selection Sunday that should have been episode of Florida Basketball Hour.
March 15, 2020
Epic Kentucky Collapse; SEC Tournament opener preview
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's epic second-half collapse against No. 6 Kentucky on Senior Day, which saw Florida blow an 18 point lead in the final 11:30 minutes of play. Why Florida's switch to zone defense failed, how Florida's offense went cold and why the Blackshear injury was so devastating. Plus, who fills Blackshear's shoes in Nashville: Omar Payne? Jason Jitoboh? Dontay Bassett? All of the above? They break that down. Finally, the futures of Andrew Nembhard and Keyonae Johnson are discussed; All-SEC Teams, and an Ole MIss preview (or Georgia!!) for the SEC Tournament Round Two game Thursday.
March 11, 2020
Tennessee Loss; Georgia Sweep
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett wrap Florida's two-game road trip with a show on Florida's loss at Tennessee and win in Athens to finish off a sweep of Georgia. Why the Gators can't seem to start fast; how Florida's offense is at its best with Johnson and Nembhard leading the way; what's with Omar Payne's drop in minutes; coaches corner on Florida's shortened bench-- and more. Plus, Senior Day vs. Kentucky and your listener questions.
March 05, 2020
Hard fought loss at Kentucky; LSU Preview
Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday down South) break down Florida's hard fought loss to Kentucky at Rupp Arena. What's behind Florida's scoring droughts- and why it is more complicated than "run better stuff." Plus, how lineups and rotations impact the droughts. The guys will also talk about how Florida has improved on defense, and how they can continue to get better. A coaches corner with Eric focuses on how Florida can revive its offense in the pick and roll. Plus, a lengthy LSU preview. March starts now for the Gators. Finally, the guys take all your listener questions.
February 26, 2020
Kentucky at Rupp Preview
The guys preview Florida's trip to Rupp Arena to take on Kentucky Saturday night. Why this is a strange Kentucky team-- and one that doesn't rely mostly on ferocious defense. How the battle of the bigs will impact the basketball game; why Keyontae Johnson is a matchup problem for the Wildcats, and why Ashton Hagans may be a problem for Andrew Nembhard. Plus- why analytics say these teams are very evenly matched- with home floor perhaps being the difference.
February 21, 2020
Arkansas Review; Graham Hall
Neil Blackmon (Saturday Down South) is joined by the Gainesville Sun's Graham Hall, who breaks down his observations after covering Florida basketball all season. After a discussion of the Gators victory over Arkansas, other topics addressed include: - why Florida has improved so much offensively - Andrew Nembhard's growth - Tre Mann as an example of a team growing up - Florida's defensive dilemma down the stretch - How Florida can finish with 3 big wins in their final 5 games. Graham shares his view and insights from the vantage point of someone with terrific access. Be sure to follow him on Twitter.
February 20, 2020
Billy Donovan Night; Vandy and Texas A & M wins
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) on Florida's wins over Texas A & M and Vanderbilt this week. How the defense turned it around in two must-win games, and why Florida's offense has been so good against zone. Plus, the progress of Tre Mann and Omar Payne, and what it means for the rest of the season. Next, the guys talk the emotional Vanderbilt game and Billy Donovan Court dedication. Why someone like Billy Donovan is so rare, why he still means so much to the Gainesville community as a whole, and how his legacy goes beyond basketball. Plus, why all the players that showed up Saturday night speaks to how Florida will forever have a strong basketball culture.
February 16, 2020
Another rocky week: UGA win, Ole Miss flop
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) opens the show with a discussion of the program, the coaching job this staff has done this year, and hot seats. Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) joins him and offers his perspective on the same. (Minutes 1-20). Then, a discussion on the Georgia game- a tale of two very odd halves- but one perfect for "team weird." (Minutes 20-35). Plus, a coaches corner on how this team should approach defense with a kitchen sink mentality to close the season. (Minutes 35-40). The Ole Miss loss- and why the offense was miserable and the effort was poor. (Minutes 35-45). Finally, a Texas A & M preview. Is this midweek game in Texas the Alamo for this team? Why body language and focus matter- and why this week has to be one that features two wins.
February 09, 2020
The Miss State Collapse; Vandy road win and Georgia preview
The guys discuss Florida's home collapse against Miss State last week. Why Florida's rotations seemed odd in the second half, why scheme in pick and roll coverage and bad transition defense doomed Florida, and why the staff is to blame for that loss. We'll also talk about why the Vanderbilt win didn't make us feel better. Plus, a frank discussion about Mike White and what looks like it may be a warm seat entering year 6 in Gainesville. And why Florida needs more from Keyontae Johnson from a leadership standpoint. Finally, surefire top 3 pick Anthony Edwards leads Georgia into town Wednesday. Why it's a tricky matchup for the Gators, even if the Dawgs are woeful away from home.
February 04, 2020
Gators fall to Baylor; Defense needs schematic changes; Listener Questions
The guys break down Florida's loss to No. 1 Baylor in Gainesville Saturday night. Why Florida's defense failed again in a big game, and why the Gators went to the press too late. Plus, the guys evaluate Florida's defensive weaknesses and assess what schematic changes could help Florida defend at a high level with this roster. Also- a coaches corner on packline defense: what it is, and why it could help UF. Listener questions follow (minute 25-55), with topics from recruiting to Florida's best rotation to which SEC coaches would win in a street brawl. Finally, the guys preview Florida's huge game against Miss State in the O'Dome (minute 55). Why Miss State's physicality and Reggie Perry will be a problem.
January 28, 2020
Florida drops close one at LSU; No. 1 Baylor preview
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country dot com) discuss Florida's narrow two point defeat Tuesday night in Baton Rouge. How Florida did enough on offense to win- but got lost defending LSU's guards and high slot ball screens. Plus, why offensive rebounding isn't mostly about "Effort" or "Trying hard" and really is often about spacing and sometimes- perimeter and help defense. We'll also break down the adjustments Florida made to come back, and talk referees and free throw imbalance because Mike Nance is going to Mike Nance. Then (minute 27) we preview the Gators SEC-BIG XII challenge contest Saturday against No. 1 Baylor. We will discuss: - Why Scott Drew's Bears team is so good - The curious change in defense from the 1-1-3 to more man - Is Baylor's backcourt the best in America - Davion MItchell's defense vs. Andrew Nembhard - And how Florida can defend Baylor's pick and rolls. Enjoy!
January 22, 2020
A great week for Florida: Gators rout Ole Miss and No. 4 Auburn
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) on a fun week for basketball fans in Gainesville. First, the guys break down Florida's comfortable win over Ole Miss-- and why that Rebels defense is a tricky one to solve. Plus, how the Gators limited Ole Miss from deep, where the Rebs make their living. Second, Florida routs Auburn. How the Gators put on their most impressive defensive game of the season against a veteran Auburn team, why Omar Payne's emergence and the two-big lineup has been a gamechanger for Florida, and how Florida got on track offensively in the second half. Plus, a coaches corner on breaking the press-- and why the 2-2-1 is a bit different than most presses you'll see in college hoops. Finally, a preview of Florida's trip to LSU Tuesday night. What will Florida need to do to defeat a strong-ass LSU team.
January 20, 2020
Breaking down the Missouri debacle; Ole Miss preview
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's lopsided loss at Missouri. What happened? Was this about investment and effort? Was it about bad pick and roll defense? Abandoning ball-screen offense? All of the above? The guys get into what happened, and whether it can be corrected long-term. Plus, a coaches corner specifically on how Florida could fix its pick and roll defense. Next, the boys preview the Ole Miss game, a must win for Florida against a basketball team that, on video, is better than its record. Finally, we let listeners vent-- and reacted to some of the Twitter takes following Florida's loss.
January 13, 2020
South Carolina Road W; Mizzou preview
The guys break down Florida's road win at South Carolina and big-time performances from Andrew Nembhard, Omar Payne, Dontay Bassett and Keyontae Johnson. Plus, a coaches corner on why Florida's continued variations of ball screen offense -- and Andrew Nembhard's midrange game-- have really elevated this team offensively. Plus, a lengthy Missouri preview. Tigers are elite defensively, but where do they find the buckets? And why this is the type of game you have to win if you hope to hang a SEC Championship banner.
January 08, 2020
Gators historic comeback over Alabama; South Carolina preview
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) on Florida's school-record breaking comeback against Alabama. Breaking down: what went wrong in the first half (1-10); how Florida fought back (10-20); how patience keyed the offense (20-30) individual performances (30-45). Also a great set of listener questions on the final sequence of regulation. Finally, a South Carolina preview. Why this might be the strangest Frank Martin Gamecocks team yet, respect for Maik Kotsar, questions about AJ Lawson, and why this game will be a physical grind for the Gators on short rest.
January 05, 2020
Long Beach State win, Alabama Preview, the Decade that was in Florida Basketball
The guys break down Florida's dominant win over Long Beach State, and why the commitment to transition offense was encouraging. They also offer an extensive preview of Alabama, Florida's opponent in the SEC opener next Saturday. Finally, a fun conversation about the decade that was in Florida basketball, featuring favorite team, starting 5, sixth man and player of the decade choices. Happy New Year to all our listeners!
December 30, 2019
Florida falls to Utah State in Orange Bowl Classic
Neil W. Blackmon of Saturday Down South and Eric Fawcett of Gator Country.Com discuss Florida's 65-62 loss to Utah State in the Orange Bowl Classic. Why shot selection doomed Florida against Utah State, even on a day Florida defended at a high level. Why these types of losses- even to good basketball teams- are too commonplace in this program right now. Is inconsistency Florida's largest problem under Mike White? What makes Utah State so efficient on offense- and why Florida could use some of their concepts with their personnel. Finally, your listener questions answered, including: Noah Locke's tough day, Tre Mann usage discussion, how fair is the Nembhard criticism, and more.
December 22, 2019
Utah State- quick Orange Bowl Classic Preview
Neil breaks down the talented Utah State Aggies, who are led by Sam Merrill, one of the best players in college basketball. The Aggies are also one of college basketball’s most unselfish offenses. A big time challenge for Florida Saturday!
December 20, 2019
Deep dive into Florida Offense; Providence Preview
The guys dive deep into Florida's offense in 2019-- possession by possession, Eric Fawcett of Gator Country explains what has worked, what hasn't, what Florida should run more, what they should run less. Also discussed: the Mike White "we just need to make shots" and "our offense was better" press conference: why analytics show that's right, even if Florida has a long way to go on offense. Finally, a preview of a Providence team that has an All-American caliber player in Alpha Diallo, but has struggled to score otherwise. Why the Friars have struggled and why they don't defend quite as well as a typical Ed Cooley squad.
December 15, 2019
Butler manhandles Florida: What now? Addressing more offensive malaise
The guys break down Florida's 76-62 loss at No. 24 Butler, what went wrong and why Florida's offense appears yet again stuck in the mud. Is it system? Are they running what is best for Florida's personnel? Plus, why there were rays of hope in the second half offensively, even as the Gators continued to struggle to make open shots. Also: a listener driven discussion of the program: where it is 30% of the way through year 5 under Mike White. Should staff changes be made? With an 8 million dollar buyout, is there value in a change? Should a change be made at all or should Florida let White continue to grow and improve? Plus: insider info about the season, the staff and Mike White's future, from trusted insiders. An episode you won't want to miss.
December 08, 2019
Florida wins the Charleston Classic! Plus, Feast Week Fun
It's FEAST WEEK and rivalry week, one of the best times of the year to be a college sports fan! Neil Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's win over Xavier to capture the Charleston Classic Championship. How did Florida turn things around in Charleston? Was it as simple as making shots? What's with the take the air out of the ball offense late in games? What we'd like Florida to do. Why the Gators struggled with the press, and how that problem is less concerning long-term. Plus: Feast Week commentary on the Maui Jim Invitational, Battle for Atlantis, Orlando Holiday Invitational and more! The guys also preview Friday night's tilt with Marshall, a run and gun team that loves to bomb it from deep.
November 26, 2019
Gators advance to Charleston Classic Final; Xavier/UCONN preview
Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's opening round win over St. Joseph's and semifinal victory over Miami at the Charleston Classic. What was encouraging about both games (1-10); Scottie Lewis, Ques Glover key win over Miami (10-20); It's nice when Kerry Blackshear Jr. isn't in foul trouble (20-25); Omar Payne is good at basketball (25-30); What's changed offensively- and why does Andrew Nembhard keep taking the ball inside (35-40); Xavier Preview (40-end). We also sprinkle in thoughts on a potential UCONN rematch and why Saint Joseph's has the coolest, most bootleg mascot in college hoops.
November 23, 2019
UCONN Loss; Offensive Woes; Charleston Classic Preview
The guys break down Florida's loss to UCONN (Minutes 1-20); Florida's offensive woes: is it shot selection? tempo? not making shots? all of the above? (20-40). Is there anything Florida does well at present? Was there anything to be encouraged by against UCONN ? (40-45) Plus, a preview of the St. Joe's game at the Charleston Classic, a look ahead to the next game against either Missouri State or Miami, and why the guys think this is a pivotal tournament for Florida and Mike White, even though it's only November.
November 20, 2019
Disappointing Gators blasted at home by FSU- again
This was supposed to be the year Florida ended its bizarre, frustrating 5 game losing streak to Florida State in basketball. The Gators had the more talented roster, the All-America grad transfer, the top 10 recruiting class, and a sold out Exactech Arena behind them. This game should have been different. Instead, the game played out like the horror shows of the last 3 seasons, with FSU's length, elite athleticism and endless supply of bigs and wings overwhelming the Gators, breaking a tight halftime game open to win comfortably by 12. Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) on what went wrong: - A bad plan from Mike White - An offense that isn't playing to Florida's strengths - A defense that wilted in the second half -Another home loss to an unranked foe. It's a long season, but this is a tough one. Plus, listener questions and frustrated tweets.
November 11, 2019
Florida opens with win over UNF; FSU preview with Curt Weiler, Tallahassee Democrat
Neil Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida’s season opening win over UNF. (1-30). A recap of SEC hoops openers (30-40). Finally, a FSU preview, including an interview with Curt Weiler of the Tallahassee Democrat/Nole Sports.
November 07, 2019
Lynn Exhibition Wrap; Final Four & National predictions; UNF Preview
The guys break down what they saw in Florida’s 89-71 exhibition win over Lynn University. Plus, Final Four predictions and a UNF preview. Plus, Eric breaks down his first trip to Gainesville.
November 01, 2019
SEC Media Day! Our SEC preseason ballots! Plus, closed scrimmage vs USF and more!
The guys talk SEC Media Day, High expectations for the Gators and Neil’s preseason ballot. Also, a breakdown of Florida’s win over USF in a closed scrimmage. Finally, in our coaches corner segment: we break down Transition offense and talk offensive rebounding:
October 26, 2019
Niels Lane Commits! Is Florida done recruiting? Plus- national landscape discussion.
The guys break down the Gators commitment of four star wing Niels Lane or Roselle Catholic. Are the Gators done with this class- at least for the fall? The guys break down that complicated question. Plus, a review or preseason basketball magazines and hot takes- and a never too early Charleston Classic preview
October 10, 2019
Basketball is Back! Media Wrap PLUS we talk recruiting and Florida’s Defensive Culture
The excellent Jacquie Franciulli of Gators Territory joins the pod to talk UF Basketball Media Days, Nembhard and Locke as emerging leaders and the family feel around this basketball team. Eric Fawcett of Gator Country at minute 21 joins and we discuss Florida’s 2 commitments, the rest of the recruiting board and what to expect from this team’s bench. Plus, how Florida built a defensive culture and pick and roll coverages and defenses in our new coaching segment.
October 04, 2019
Nembhard shines for Canada; Recruiting Hits Homestretch; LISTENER QUESTIONS BONANZA!!
The guys discuss Andrew Nembhard's performance with Team Canada, what it means for the Gators next season and why Florida may improve out of the pick and roll. September and early October are the homestretch of the early recruiting period-- with Florida scheduled to host over 10 players on official visits in the next month. The guys break down those official visits and talk about Florida's big board, wants and needs. Finally, we answer all your listener questions, including many on potential on-court rotations next season, frontcourt depth, who we'd love to see Florida play home and home and much, much more.
September 02, 2019
2020 Recruiting Board takes shape, Summer Ball and Andrew Nembhard plays for Team Canada
The guys break down Florida’s 2020 Recruiting board, with insight into who has visited and who will visit this fall. Plus, a summer basketball update. Finally, Eric Fawcett on the value of Andrew Nembhard’s Team Canada experiences and some praise for Florida’s schedule.
August 14, 2019
Will Sammon- The Athletic; SEC-BIG XII challenge: Rule changes
(Minute 1-36) Will Sammon of the Athletic joins the show to talk Florida’s lofty basketball expectations in 2019-20; how Kerry Blackshear Jr. picked Florida; Scott Stricklin and the health of the program and more. (36 minutes-50) Plus, Florida will host Baylor in the SEC-Big XII Challenge And Eric Fawcett of Gator Country breaks down Florida’s slow tempo, and (minute 50-56) Neil Blackmon gets technical on how the extended three point line will impact defenses.
July 27, 2019
Blake Lovell - SEC summer hoops round table; Plus- Gators get Tyree Appleby Commitment
Blake Lovell of the Marching to Madness Podcast and Southeast Hoops dot com joins us for a summer roundtable discussion about SEC Basketball. We talk coaches, breakout players, sleeper teams and why the Gators could be great. Plus- (minute 42) Eric Fawcett breaks down the commitment of Cleveland State guard and scorer Tyree Appleby.
July 17, 2019
Stokes Transfers: why it happened and how it will impact the Gators. Plus, listener Questions!
The guys are back to discuss Isaiah Stokes departure from the program and how it impacts the Gators (minutes 1-15), the lost recruiting class of 2017 (15-20) plus what Florida might do with the spot (20-30). Plus, half an hour of your awesome listener questions!
July 05, 2019
Kerry Blackshear: And now our watch has our ended
Kerry Blackshear Jr is a Gator! We break down how it happened, why it seemed like everyone had surprisingly counted Florida out; how the commitment impacts Florida on the court and off-it and expectations for next year. Plus, we answer as many listener questions as we can about Blackshear!
June 27, 2019
Kerry Blackshear Watch; Meet the 2019-20 Gators!
The guys talk all things Kerry Blackshear, including how social media helped the hype got this crazy, why the Gators are in the mix despite some reports, how negative recruiting may have affected the process and why Florida remains the best basketball fit. Also discussed on the show: what excites us most about the current roster, what keeps us up at night, and a sneak peek preview of Florida’s first four games in 2019.
June 26, 2019
Nembhard Returns! Kerry Blackshear Jr is back! Plus, thoughts on Florida’s 2019-20 schedule
The guys break down the decision of Andrew Nembhard to return for his sophomore season and what that means for the Gators roster. Plus, an honest evaluation of Kerry Blackshear Jr’s choice between UF, Virginia Tech, Texas A & M and Kentucky. Finally, our initial thoughts on next year’s schedule!
May 30, 2019
SEC Basketball offseason Tour and recruiting review
The guys do a whirlwind tour of the college basketball offseason in the SEC. Among the topics: 4 coaching changes, 6 top 25 recruiting classes, NBA departures, early Bracketology and of course, a Kerry Blackshear Jr. update.
May 17, 2019
With the contact period open, the guys break down some of Florida’s top targets. Who is on Florida’s board? What would a good class look like? And will Florida keep the Canadian pipeline going? Plus, an update on Kerry Blackshear Jr...
May 10, 2019
Season in review: Forwards and Centers, Listener Questions
Eric and Neil discuss the year that was for Florida’s forwards and centers, and what they can do better next season. Plus, a Kerry Blackshear Jr update and other listener questions.
April 25, 2019
Anthony Duruji commits! Kerry Blackshear Jr is available! Andrew Nembhard tests the NBA waters!
The guys break down the commitment of Louisiana Tech transfer Anthony Duruji. Plus, Andrew Nembhard tests the NBA Waters. And some guy named Kerry Blackshear Jr is in the transfer portal...we talk about Florida’s chances and what it would mean to sign him.
April 18, 2019
Roster Review, Part I: Guards. Plus, more transfer discussion!
The guys talk Florida guard play, breaking down the seasons of Noah Locke and Andrew Nembhard and discussing what to expect from freshmen Tre Mann and Ques Glover. Plus, what to make of Anthony Duruji, the Louisiana Tech forward who will be on campus this week. And what about Kerry Blackshear Jr and other potential transfer targets?
April 08, 2019
Gators get commitment from Ques Glover, McDonalds All American week chat, Listener ?s
The guys talk about the performances of Scottie Lewis and hometown hero Tre Mann at the McDonalds All American game. Also, They break down the exciting commitment of Knoxville PG Ques Glover and answer listener questions about the roster, grad transfers and more!
April 03, 2019
Transfers! So many Transfers!
The guys talk about the transfers of Keith Stone, Mike Okauru and DeAundrae Ballard from the Florida program. Potential transfer targets are discussed as well as why this is an opportunity for the Gators moving forward with another elite recruiting class on the way. Also, the Gators add a commit in Center Jason Jitoboh. Why he’s not an immediate answer, but will be a worthwhile project.
March 28, 2019
Michigan loss ends season; Season in review
Neil Blackmon of Saturday down South and Eric Fawcett of Gator Country break down Florida’s loss to Michigan in the Round of 32. They also look back at the highlights and lowlights from an often frustrating Gators season that at least ended in March Madness.
March 24, 2019
Florida defeats Nevada, advances in the NCAA Tournament; Michigan awaits
The guys break down Florida’s 70-61 win over the Nevada Wolfpack in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64. How Florida’s 1-3-1 zone won the game, why Andrew Nembhard’s maturity has changed UF offensively, and an ode to Kevarrius Hayes. Plus, the guys preview Michigan’s ball screen offense and discuss how Florida will attack the Wolverines elite defense.
March 22, 2019
SEC in the NCAA preview with Blake Lovell of Southeast Hoops
A conversation with Blake Lovell of Southeast Hoops previewing the 7 SEC programs playing in the NCAA Tournament. We break down every first round matchup and talk about Kentucky, LSU and Tennessee’s chances at advancing to the Final Four.
March 19, 2019
Florida is Dancing! Preview of Florida vs Nevada
The guys discuss Florida’s third consecutive NCAA Tournament bid under Mike White and offer a comprehensive preview of Florida’s first round game vs. Nevada. Plus, a brackets conversation!
March 18, 2019
Auburn loss ends SEC Tournament run in Semifinals. Final SEC Tourney takes
The guys break down the loss to Auburn in the SEC Semifinals. Plus, should there be a challenge system for referees? And what are our final takeaways from the SEC Tournament?
March 16, 2019
Florida knocks off No. 1 seed LSU in Nashville!! Does that seal a NCAA Tournament bid?
The guys break down Andrew Nembhard’s thrilling game-winning three to lift the Gators over LSU, 76-73 in the SEC Quarterfinals. Plus, how the Gators weathered the storm on defense, what went right on offense, why Keyontae Johnson has developed into a double-double machine and more.
March 15, 2019
Florida beats Arkansas at the SEC Tournament, LSU preview
The guys recap the Gators win over Arkansas at the SEC Tournament and preview the SEC Quarterfinals rubber match with LSU. Will Wade And LSU’s pay for play scandal is also discussed.
March 14, 2019
Rupp Arena Wrap and Arkansas preview
The guys discuss Florida’s defeat at Kentucky and preview a must win game at the SEC Tournament against Arkansas.
March 11, 2019
Senior Night Heartbreak And Listener Question Bonanza part 3
The guys break down a heartbreaker of a Senior Night loss to LSU. Listener questions answered throughout the show and we talk grad transfers, home floor culture, Stokes, Nembhard return and more. Also a preview of Florida’s trip to Rupp Arena.
March 08, 2019
Georgia Recap; Senior Night vs LSU preview
Eric Fawcett of Gator Country joins Saturday Down South’s Neil Blackmon for a chat about all things Florida Basketball. This week: the numbing Georgia loss, why Florida struggles at home, the bubble and a Senior Night preview.
March 05, 2019
Bubble!! Conference Tournaments!! This is March discussion with Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation.
This is March!! Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation joins the show to talk the bubble, brackets, Florida’s resume and preview some conference tournaments.
March 04, 2019
Gators Win at Memorial Gym; Listener Questions and the Princeton offense, UGA preview
The guys discuss Florida’s win over Vandy at Memorial Gym. Listener questions follow, with a discussion about how the Princeton offense has helped Florida improve. Finally, the guys preview the Georgia game and chat about whether Max Krause needs a bobblehead.
March 01, 2019
Mizzou Wrap, Bubble talk and national review, at Vanderbilt preview
The guys break down Florida’s win over Missouri and preview Florida’s big game at Vanderbilt. Plus: bubble chatter and national landscape discussion ahead of conference tournaments!
February 25, 2019
Florida upsets No. 13 LSU in Baton Rouge, Listener Questions Bonanza, Missouri preview
The guys discuss Florida’s improvements, Mike White’s BLOB wizardry, why LSU is really good and wby not to sleep on Mizzou Saturday in Gainesville
February 21, 2019
Win at Bama and LSU preview
The guys recap Florida’s big win at Alabama and discuss the next big challenge: a trip to No. 13 LSU.
February 18, 2019
Vandy recap and Bama preview
The guys break down the Gators win over Vandy. Plus, listener questions on Jalen Hudson and recruiting. Finally, a preview of a huge game at Alabama.
February 15, 2019
Florida-Tennessee wrap and Listener Question Bonanza! Also a Vandy preview
The guys talk about Florida’s hard fought loss at No. 1 Tennessee. They also answer half an hour of your listener questions and try to explain what’s the matter at Vanderbilt.
February 11, 2019
Auburn loss breakdown, previewing Round 2 with Tennessee
The guys discuss Florida’s tough loss at Auburn and get you ready for Florida’s trip to No. 1 Tennessee this weekend.
February 06, 2019
Kentucky wrap, Auburn preview and listener questions
The guys breakdown Florida’s second half collapse against Kentucky and discuss Florida’s late game motion offense. Also, a preview of the Auburn game and listener questions and Mike White criticism
February 04, 2019
Ole Miss recap, Kentucky Preview, Recruiting update
The guys break down a thrilling win over Ole Miss and preview Saturday’s rivalry tilt with Kentucky. Also a recruiting update and an ode to the Rowdy Reptiles.
February 01, 2019
TCU wrap, Listener questions including recruiting class discussion, Ole Miss preview
The guys break down another disappointment, this time at TCU. Listener questions answered as well and a preview of another resume game- this time vs Ole Miss.
January 28, 2019
Neil Shulman on Mike White: a fair debate
Neil Shulman of In All Kinds of Weather sits down for a conversation with Neil Blackmon about Mike White, what’s to like, what concerns him and the path forward for Florida Basketball. A conversation you won’t want to miss!
January 25, 2019
GATORS beat Texas A & M, TCU preview
The guys discuss Florida’s win over Texas A & M, the Gators big game at TCU, and the SEC-Big XII challenge
January 24, 2019
Florida beats Georgia; Texas A & M preview and listener questions
The guys discuss Florida’s win at Georgia, how they’ll respond to Keith Stone’s unfortunate ACL injury, and preview the home contest with Texas A& M. They’ll also answer listener questions.
January 21, 2019
Florida vs. Miss State Recap; Georgia Preview
Another heartbreak for the Gators. Why can’t Florida close games? What most change this offseason? Can Florida get the season back on track starting Saturday vs Georgia? Eric Fawcett of Gatorcountry.com and Neil Blackmon of Saturday Down South talk about it.
January 18, 2019
Tennessee Review and Miss State Preview
The guys discuss Florida’s heartbreaking loss to No. 3 Tennessee, why KeVaughn Allen was benched late (??), What Florida can build on from the game and Preview a tough road contest at Mississippi State.
January 14, 2019
Arkansas Recap, Tennessee Preview , KeVaughn Allen discussion
The guys break down Florida’s road win at Arkansas and dive into what makes Tennessee so good. Plus, a chat about KeVaughn Allen’s development and more ...
January 10, 2019
Florida vs South Carolina postmortem
Eric Fawcett of Gator Country.com and Neil Blackmon of SDS Talk Florida’s disappointing SEC opener loss to South Carolina. Listener questions answered and plenty of talk about Florida’s dribble drive offense
January 07, 2019
Butler Recap and Preview of the SEC opener vs South Carolina
Eric Fawcett of Gator Country and Neil Blackmon of Saturday down South discuss Florida’s big win over Butler, what’s surprising early on this season in the SEC and what to expect against South Carolina this weekend. Also: catching up with Gators in the NBA.
January 03, 2019
Orange Bowl Classic and Mercer Recap; Butler part 2 Preview
Eric Fawcett of Gator Country joins the show to discuss Florida’s win over Mercer, whether Florida should play faster, and Kevarrius Hayes senior year. We also preview the Butler rematch. Neil breaks down Florida’s win over Florida Gulf Coast in the Orange Bowl Classic.
December 23, 2018
Michigan State Recap- What Florida can fix ahead of Butler part 2
The guys talk about the Gators hard fought loss to Michigan State; what Florida can improve offensively (lots!!); why defense gives this team a chance to be really good (The Tom Izzo take!); Florida’s big men and more
December 16, 2018
Jimmy V Classic Recap and Michigan State Preview
The guys break down Florida’s win over West Virginia at the Jimmy V Classic in New York City Tuesday night. They’ll dissect why Florida’s been so good defensively this season to date as well, with a focus on Kevarrius Hayes. Finally, they’ll preview Florida’s big home showdown with Michigan State.
December 07, 2018
Battle of Atlantis Recap
Eric Fawcett of Gator Country, Jake Winderman of Inside the Gators and Neil Blackmon of Saturday Down South on Florida’s disappointing trip to the Bahamas, Jalen Hudson’s tough start, Florida’s promising freshman and the Mike White debate that shouldn’t be a debate.
November 29, 2018
First three game Review, Oklahoma Preview
We wrap up Florida’s 2-1 start, including another disappointment against Florida State. The guys also break down Florida’s Battle of Atlantis opened against Oklahoma.
November 18, 2018
Episode 7: Florida-Florida State Preview
With special guest Eric Fawcett of Gator Country, we Preview Florida’s 2018-19 season opener at Florida State.
November 02, 2018
Episode 6- National Preview with Chris Dobbertean of Blogging the Bracket
Joined by national college basketball writer Chris Dobbertean, Neil and Gator Country’s Eric Fawcett break down the national scene ahead of opening night.
November 02, 2018
Episode 5- Blake Lovell, Southeast Hoops
Breaking down the suddenly powerful and exciting SEC ahead of the 2018-19 basketball season with Blake Lovell, one of the foremost SEC basketball experts in the country.
October 24, 2018
Episode 4- Florida Season Preview Spectacular
Jake Winderman of Inside the Gators and the NBA G League, Eric Fawcett of Gator Country and Neil Blackmon provide a panel deep dive into Florida’s 2018-19 Basketball Season.
October 23, 2018
Episode 3- Kevin Brockway
Interview with longtime Florida basketball writer Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) to talk about Florida’s culture, the rise of the SEC as a basketball league, what to expect from the 2018-19 Gators and more.
October 17, 2018
Episode 2- SEC! SEC!
Neil and Eric Fawcett preview that world renowned basketball league, the SEC.
October 16, 2018
Episode 1- Florida Basketball Hour
Inaugural episode! Eric Fawcett is Gator Country joins me and we talk a huge close to recruiting, Scottie Lewis, Omar Payne, Florida’s Winning culture and more.
October 09, 2018