Florida Gators basketball previewing Georgia and Alabama: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new Florida Gators basketball podcast as we preview the Georgia and Alabama games for this week.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre are joined by our basketball guru Eric Fawcett as he recaps the win over Baylor and how the Gators lost to South Carolina last week.

Andrew and Nick also get the in-depth previews for the Georgia game on Tuesday night and the Alabama game on Saturday from Eric.


Andrew:​What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre, and our man, Eric. It’s basketball time. Eric, who you jinxing this week, man?
Eric:​I still kind of got a jinx on last week, because I said that South Carolina wasn’t going to shoot the ball very well. The fact that they went out there and just torched the nets for 40 minutes against the Gators, I’m still saying jinx in there. On today’s jinx, I could go to Georgia, who shoots the ball really poorly. I could say that they’re not going to be able to put in any tonight. I could say that the Gators are going to be able to shut down Yante Maten, their best player by a long shot, and maybe he’ll go for 25. A few possible jinxes for me this week.
Andrew:​That’s your problem. You’re a jinxing machine over here. If I don’t want somebody to win, I’m going to start just calling Eric and saying, “Hey, put the jinx on these people.” He’s the jinx machine.
​I do want to kind of hit on that last week. They played really well against a Baylor team, and then just kind of threw up bricks against South Carolina. You and I had talked about it on the podcast. It was going to be a game that was going to be a good defensive game. Personally, I just think Florida settled all game long.
Eric:​It’s really easy to settle when you play against teams like South Carolina that are going to make everything difficult for you. A lot of players have that, whether it’s conscious or subconscious, where it’s either, “We’re going to have work really hard for the full 30 seconds. We are going to have to explode off of every screen and cut super hard just to get a half decent look against this team, or we can chuck up an ill-advised jump shot.” That seems a lot easier a lot of the time.
For a lot of the Gators who are shooters, who are shot creators, they took that option instead of kind of trusting the offensive sets and going through them to generate offense. There’s some guys who kind of went rogue and thought, “I can get a jump shot that’s half decent here. I’m going to put it up.” They didn’t fall, and that ultimately was the demise.
Nick:​Like you said, South Carolina just torched the nets. They shot 50% from the field and from behind the arc in the second half. Shooting 52% from three, and that’s really an area where Florida struggled, 3 of 11 on the game.
Eric:​That was really the difference maker. If South Carolina shoots 40%, instead of above 50, that’s probably the game right there. 40% is still a great shooting night, so South Carolina could have shot really well, but not great, and probably lost. I think that Florida got into trouble when, really early the game, from the first two possessions of the game, the ball got down low, and they had two guys go double and a third guy kind of stunt down and get his hand in there trying to maybe get a steal. It gave up and opened three, and it fell, and that happened on the second possession. They all really scrambled down low to triple team a guy, and it gave up a wide open three. They hit it. Two straight threes to start the game.
I think that teams that don’t shoot the ball well, if they’re able to get two threes where they just set their feet, no defender in sight, they let the ball fly, and they see nothing but net, that gets their confidence up. That’s kind of what happened. They hit the easy threes early, and that’s what gave them the confidence to make the tougher threes later.
I think that’s really important for Florida to think about. Do we want to double elite big men down low really quickly, and maybe give up wide open shots to get average shooters into rhythm? Because you don’t want average shooters to turn into great shooters, and that’s what happens when you get wide open shots.
Andrew:​As you say, it’s a confidence thing, and that’s exactly what it is. I’ll be honest too, Eric. You look at what Florida did. They went into Rupp, and we can argue and go back and forth about how good Kentucky is, but listen, winning at Rupp is a big deal for any team, any year. Just because we all know how tough Rupp is, and how good Kentucky is. It kind of seemed like Florida had a letdown, maybe overlooked South Carolina a little bit. I’m not sure why, because those are the guys that eliminated you, sent you away from the tournament last year, but it almost looked like the first half was a half that they kind of thought they were going to walk through.
Eric:​It did. It definitely had that feel to it. You go back to the Kentucky team, where a lot of the shot makers on Florida were hitting shots, so I think that they had kind of their moxie going in, and they thought that they’d probably be able to do the same thing against Frank Martin’s Gamecocks. Kentucky’s a really good defensive team too, and you wouldn’t have known it by the way Florida just continually diced it apart. I think confidence was at a high. They were feeling pretty good.
​To be honest, when I say that, I don’t want that to sound like it’s totally a bad thing. If the Gators get a big win, I want them to celebrate. I want them to feel good about it, and I want them to carry confidence into the next game. I just think they need to understand that they won against Kentucky because they were able to the tough things, the little things, the hustle plays. That’s what won them that game. It wasn’t just their swaggy three-point shooting.
Then they went into another game and just kind of thought they were going to out skill a team, and they got outworked and out-toughed, and that was the difference. Feel good about that win against Kentucky. Feel good about every win you get but understand.
Nick:​Do you think that’s an issue with this team? Confidence, being able to sustain that?
Eric:​I think so. Jalen Hudson said that after South Carolina. He said that guys were feeling a little bit too good and didn’t take things seriously. If he says that, then I believe it. Like Andrew was mentioning, like you were mentioning, Nick, the body language, the way they went about their game in South Carolina, I think that they overlooked them. I think they probably overlooked Loyola Chicago back in the nonconference, and they might have even overlooked Clemson a little bit in the nonconference, and maybe even Florida State to an extent. Clemson and Florida State turned out to be really good teams, but at the time they didn’t have as much on their resume as Florida did. Maybe Florida had a little too much confidence rolling into those ones.
​You’ve even seen it in a few basketball games that Florida’s let second half leads slip. To an extent, I think that’s going into the locker room at the half up 12, feeling like you’ve got the game under control, and letting those leads slip. You even look at the loss we had against Duke in the PK-80, when we were up 16 or 17 in the second half. They were probably feeling pretty good about themselves, being up 16 on the #1 team in the country at the time, and then they ended up letting that slip.
​It’s looking like a trend. It’s always kind of weird for someone like me to comment on what’s going through the heads of these players, because you never really know, but when you see a trend like that you start to maybe think that’s the mindset.
Andrew:​My thing with it is, Eric, and correct me if I’m wrong here, but when that happens it means no ball movement on offense. It’s almost a first or second shot is going up, and it’s not exactly an open shot. It’s a contested three, or a Hudson or Chiozza driving out of control and throwing up a shot. It’s not running offense. That’s when I know something’s going on with the team.
Eric:​That is totally true, Andrew, because to run offense you need to trust that that is your best way to score. I think that when you see guys going one on one and trying to get their own shot it is them saying, “I think that what I can do one on one, or one on five sometimes, I think that I have a better chance of scoring one on one than I do with our team running five on five offense.” That can come across as a little bit arrogant sometimes.
Hey, there’s times where Jalen Hudson, his ability to score in isolation is incredible, and Florida needs that. I’m not saying they never need to play one on one basketball, but they need to trust that they can’t play one on one basketball for 40 minutes. Late clock, Jalen Hudson needs to go one on one, absolutely. Chiozza gets a matchup against a bigger player who can’t guard him with his speed, you take him one on one. To do that for six, seven, eight-minute stretches, that’s not a recipe for winning basketball.
Andrew:​Let’s move onto Baylor. You and I had talked about this. Nick, we talked about this as well. That was last Saturday was a big weekend for the SEC, just from a standpoint of showing that this conference isn’t a cupcake. Overall, how did Florida go in and just win big against Baylor at home, and then vice versa, how did the SEC do in general, in your opinion?
Eric:​I think that Baylor, we were so successful against them mostly because Chris Chiozza outplayed Manu Lecomte to a high level. I think that Chiozza really got the best of that matchup, and Baylor’s not an excellent team offensively. Everything goes to Manu Lecomte, and to have a guy like Chris Chiozza guarding him all game and providing incredible defense, that just really stalled everything Baylor had going for them. They just never got any rhythm.
Obviously, Florida had that crazy barrage where they started the game 8-9 from the three-point line, which was amazing to see. Florida got that cushion of like 15 points, and Baylor just was never able to score enough points to kind of stay in the game. There just always seemed to be that cushion of 10-20 points for the Gators. Baylor couldn’t get on any runs, and a lot of that had to do with Chris Chiozza just making it so difficult for Manu Lecomte. Really good bounce back for the Gators to go and win a big game after, obviously, a very disappointing one against South Carolina.
You mentioned the SEC’s performance against the Big 12. They killed it. It’s not like 6-4 isn’t pounding them into the gravel, but national perception is that the Big 12 is one of the best leagues in college basketball. A lot of people think it’s the best, and for the SEC to win 6-4 when Auburn, the #1 team in the standings wasn’t playing. Even you look at Missouri, I think, at the time was 8 or 9 in the SEC, and you’d probably want them to be playing as one of the 10 SEC teams as well. For an SEC that didn’t even send its best, to go beat the Big 12 6-4 that’s awesome.
The big turn was obviously Kentucky getting it down, coming back in the second half against West Virginia, one of the best teams in the Big 12. For a lot of people, that showed that Kentucky is a really good team, and Florida’s win over them at Rupp was awesome. It also just showed the strength of the league as a whole. Great job by all the SEC teams.
Nick:​Before we jump into tonight’s game, how big is this? Obviously on the road at Georgia is tough, but how big is this? I mean, if you can get a win tonight you have a real chance to get to 9-2 in league play, with Alabama and LSU coming to play at the O Dome.
Andrew:​Hold on. Before you answer that, how big was it for Florida to stay in the AP Top 25? I’ll be honest. I thought they would drop out.
Eric:​Yeah. Staying in the AP 25, it feels really good. It keeps you on kind of the national radar. There’s something about being in the Top 25. A lot of people think it doesn’t matter, but when you start seeing the ticker at the bottom of ESPN show, and they’re only the scores of games with Top 25 in them, you realize it matters to perception on the whole. I think people need to remember too just how good Baylor has been. Their win-loss isn’t great, but they’ve played a lot of teams tough. I think that a lot of voters saw Florida really dominate them, as well as teams saw South Carolina be better than a lot of people think and saw that that loss maybe wasn’t as bad as some people think. They stayed in, and hopefully they stay in for the rest of the season.
​Tonight’s game, it’s really big, because Florida’s 6-2, and there are three teams at 5-3 behind them. A loss tonight, obviously, could lose you second spot. If Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky, all teams at 5-3, if they all win, then suddenly Florida’s 5th, and that’s not as good. No question. The other thing too is Alabama is right behind them, of course. Alabama is at 5-3, and the Gators take them on on Saturday. It would be nice to win tonight and have some leverage that if you were to lose to Alabama that it doesn’t mean that Alabama leapfrogs you in the standings. Just every game is so big in the SEC. It’s a jumble of really good teams that have similar records.
​A team against Georgia, even though you’re on the road, you need to go and take care of business. If you want to be the top team in the SEC, that’s shown it’s going to be a top one or two league in the country, games against Georgia on the road you need to take care of.
Andrew:​Give us the in-depth preview here. Start with Georgia. Georgia’s got the leading scorer in the SEC. What is it? Of course, it’s going to be taking it away from him, making other guys beat Florida, but what’s the key? Chiozza’s got to be a key.
Eric:​Chiozza has to be key, because if Florida stops running offense, he’s got to be the one to get them back into it. Georgia’s a really good defensive team that really pressures you. They really run you off the three-point line as well. That’s a focus of their defense. Obviously, we know Florida wants to get up a lot of three-point attempts. If Florida gets ran off the three-point line by Georgia, which Georgia loves to do, it’s kind of what do you do next?
Andrew, you’ve pointed out how good that KeVaughn Allen floater has been looking the last few games. He’ll have some opportunities like that, because he needs to be able to attack the aggressive closeouts of Georgia, get to the hoop, and put up that lovely teardrop and have her splash. We’ll look for some work in the midrange there.
You mentioned they have the leading scorer, Yante Maten. Big man. He’s their only player who averages double digits in scoring, which is pretty crazy. Not a lot of skilled scorers. Florida has four players that average double digits. They only have one in Yante Maten. I love watching Yante Maten.
Nick:​I can’t argue with the importance of Chiozza, but what’s the importance for Kevarrius Hayes to be able to neutralize Yante?
Eric:​Totally. It’s just crazy. It’s even like every single game the Gators play they’re playing elite big men that Kevarrius Hayes gives up size to, and he has to have a huge game. He just keeps answering the bell. He’s played so good defensively this season. I know his raw defensive numbers don’t look great. He doesn’t get a lot of raw rebounding numbers, but he’s going to go into a matchup tonight with a really good big man in Yante Maten, and he’s going to be ready for it.
We know that Florida’s going to look to double-team, hopefully a little more intelligently than they did against South Carolina, because Georgia’s another team that doesn’t shoot the ball very well. Now Georgia’s at home. If Florida gives up open three-point shots there, they’re going to hit them. The key tonight defensively will be how do you guard Yante Maten in the low blocking without giving up the three-point shots you gave up against South Carolina?
Andrew:​When I look at this, it sounds easy, but for me, I think it’s going to be how does that happen, and then how does Florida stay out of foul trouble inside? Another one is Keith Stone for me. How does Keith Stone help inside with Kevarrius without himself getting into foul trouble, and then without him leaving his man? As you say, Georgia will hit the open threes, so Keith Stone, in my opinion, is going to be that guy that’s going to have to double a little bit.
Eric:​That’s the thing about doubling. Pretty much every team does the same philosophy when it comes to double-teaming. Let’s say that Yante Maten is on the right side of the basket, on that low block. If he gets the basketball, you want someone from the left side of the court going to double-team, preferably someone on the baseline. The thing is that every team knows that’s happening, so they space the floor accordingly.
That’s what Frank Martin did. That was really intelligent. He knew where Florida wanted to double from, and he just didn’t put a player there. He put all these players at the top of the three-point line, kind of straight on three-ish, and he put a bunch of players there. He knew that if Florida wanted to double, someone was going to have to come from there, which meant for a really easy pass from Chris Silva to a guy like Wes Myers, who just shot the lights out. So, Florida might have to get creative if Georgia does the same thing. If they don’t put Florida in a good position to double, it’s probably going to have to be Keith Stone just from down low.
We saw foul trouble come into play against South Carolina with Chris Silva being such a wizard at drawing fouls. They’ll have to stay away from that. If Kevarrius Hayes leaves the game, that’s a lot of shot blocking that leaves the game, a lot of defensive presence. They’ll have to figure out a way to defend him one on one. I honestly think he’s a 20 point a game guy almost for Georgia, and I think if you let him get 20, but you don’t let anyone else get theirs, you’ll still probably win this game comfortably. I don’t think Florida needs to do absolutely everything in their power to shut him down, because Georgia doesn’t have a lot of other good players that are going to dominate them.
If Yante Maten ends the game with 20 and 10, but Florida wins by 12, that’s still good basketball to me. I don’t think they need to do just, “We need to shut down Yante Maten, or we lose.” I don’t think that’s necessarily the case, but we’ll see. Georgia plays similar basketball to South Carolina, so I’m sure there’s going to be some adjustments.
Andrew:​Look at Bama now. You got Collin Sexton. I agree he’s one of the best players in the country. What is it for Chiozza? Chiozza’s been one of those guys that has done well defensively. I think Chiozza’s defensive game is very underrated. Is that the key, that matchup in that game? Alabama’s turned a corner this year. What’s the key in that Bama game?
Eric:​It’s going to be all on that matchup of Collin Sexton and Chris Chiozza, and I think it’s going to be super fun, because Chris Chiozza going against Collin Sexton is kind of two different faces of college basketball. In Chris Chiozza, you have a senior, a guy who’s undersized, who’s worked his way up, gotten better every season, and has become a veteran leader for the Gators. Then you have Collin Sexton, who was a five-star guy. I think he was sixth, or maybe even higher. I think he was a top five player in 247, so he’s a hotshot recruit.
Where Chris Chiozza is undersized, Collin Sexton is 6’4” and long for a point guard. Chris Chiozza was a top 50 guy, I think, so it’s not like he came from nowhere, but then Collin Sexton was a top five player. You’re going to see young versus old there. You’re going to see veteran savvy versus athleticism and power from Sexton, and that’s going to be really interesting to see. Collin Sexton is so fiercely competitive. You watch him play on the court. He just wants to lock down his man on every possession. He’s a player I really enjoy watching, great get for Bama.
Chris Chiozza is a guy who’s kind of answered every challenge. I thought it was really interesting, after he played Manu Lacomte in Baylor and got asked about that matchup. He said that he loves the matchups with other good point guards. He wants to play against great point guards. Then he said something kind of funny, where it was like, you don’t want to get embarrassed out there. This matchup will be a big one. I think that, if you’re Alabama, you know that a lot of Florida’s offense goes through Chiozza, so you want Collin Sexton to have that attitude of locking down Chris Chiozza, maybe picking him up full court and giving him nothing easy. You probably feel like if you slow down Chiozza you slow down a lot of what Florida does, so everything is going to come down to that Collin Sexton and Chris Chiozza matchup.
Nick:​Not to knock Chiozza, but physically much different than Collin Sexton. How much does that, you brought it up, the veteran savvy, kind of play into what Chiozza needs to do to be effective? You already talked about how when Florida gets into lulls offensively it needs to be Chiozza. He’s going to need to play good defense. It’s a bigger, stronger guy. How much does that veteran savvy come into play?
Eric:​That’s a great question. When you’re small and undersized, it actually limits a lot of your passing angles. A lot of people always think of the traditional point guard as a smaller guy with a tight dribble who kind of generates offense, but actually when you’re Chris Chiozza you don’t have the long arms, and you don’t have the sightline to make a lot of the passes that a 6’4” point guard does. So that makes it even more incredible that Chris Chiozza has such good court vision and such good passing abilities.
If Chris Chiozza was 6’4”, he’d be able to look over the top of guys and sling passes around, just because he has that height. Instead, Chiozza needs to use a lot of his kind of no-look moves, a lot of his little inside out dribbles, to create angles to pass, whereas a guy like Collin Sexton, if he’s 6’4”, and he’s got 5’11” Chris Chiozza on him, he can just pass over the top a lot of times. He can use his length to create passing angles, where Chris Chiozza has to use his dribble and use movement to get passing angles. That’s something to watch, if you just love basketball and love the subtlety of the game. Just watch how Chris Chiozza has to move to create pass angles versus what Collin Sexton has to do to create pass angles. You’ll see two very different styles of basketball from two guys that play the same position.
Chris Chiozza, a guy who, obviously, he came in not weighing a lot, being pretty small. Had to figure out how to get his jump shot off against longer, taller defenders. Had to figure out how to defend bigger guys using his feet. Obviously, that’s why Chris Chiozza has worked on his quickness so much is because he can use his quickness to get in front of people, because he’s not able to body guys up. That’s another way he kind of shows his veteran savvy. Really a testament to a player who’s, obviously, a senior, who’s got better every single season.
Andrew:​Obviously, I’m not letting you predict this weekend, because whatever you say will go opposite. How big is this week for Florida? More importantly, how big is the Alabama game? We continue to say that SEC every game is big, but I would say Alabama is one of those teams that you need to beat in order to win the SEC. How big is that Alabama game?
Eric:​I’m definitely guilty of doing that, where I say, “Every game in the SEC is big. This game’s huge.” I probably overdo it. I’ll say the Georgia game is an average SEC game. You always want to win it, but the Alabama one is big. Just because, like I mentioned before, Alabama is currently only one game back of the Gators. It’s one thing if the Gators were to lose against Georgia and Alabama gets a win. I forget who they’re facing this week before the Gators. That ties them up, but we know head to head if Florida loses and Alabama wins that’s going to be a leapfrog. That’s why that Alabama game is so big.
Also, like you said, that’s just a game you still need. The Gators are still going to be favored in that one. Those are the games you need to take care of business, especially when a team is only a game back. That’s a game you need to win. If Florida loses that one, they could very quickly start to fall to something like fourth or fifth in the standings, instead of where they are now, at second and kind of knocking on the door of first.
Andrew:​Let’s move on.
Nick:​Real quick, like you said, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama all at 5-3. If you go 0-2 this week, all of a sudden how far down do you fall? Then you’re looking at a Georgia team who’s only 3-5 now. They get a win, they’re at four. Really important. I think it’s kind of like you said earlier, every conference game is just so critical.
Eric:​Yeah. Look how quickly Texas A&M’s season snowballed on them. It seems like they had two bad weeks, and they’re sitting in 14th. They’re right there with Vanderbilt. That’s just an indication of how bad things can get in a hurry in an SEC that’s really good.
Andrew:​Now let’s move on a little bit, Eric. We wanted to talk about this before we get out of here on this podcast. Last week we talked about Emmitt Williams, the five-star, was going to visit Florida. He out of nowhere committed to LSU, which screams that whole Nike stuff getting involved. You can read between the lines. Not playing fair. Also, you heard some things about more things coming out that Florida wasn’t comfortable with. I wanted you to explain that, because I think that everyone needs to hear that. It’s not an excuse that Florida didn’t take Emmitt Williams, but you can’t take bad stuff sometimes. Explain what you’ve heard so far.
Eric:​I think the first thing for people to just look at is it’s kind of interesting. This obviously has nothing to do with the Emmitt Williams situation, but just looking at the horrifying stuff that’s coming from Michigan State right now, specifically just the basketball program, for the sake of talking about how it affects college basketball. Tom Izzt right now, one of the most famous coaches in college basketball, he’s got a lot of questions to answer. He might lose his job because of allowing guys that he knew committed acts of violence against women and sexual assault. He allowed them to play on his team, and that might cost him his job.
​Anyways, this goes back to this Emmitt Williams situation. Emmitt Williams wasn’t actually charged with the crime of committing any acts of violence against women, but it’s a really weird situation. The charges were dropped, but the court showed that there was some text conversations that the court was able to come up with where it certainly looked very bad for Emmitt Williams, and certainly made it look like he was guilty. Even if he wasn’t charged, I just think people need to remember that if you are Coach White, and if you took Emmitt Williams, a guy who was accused but not charged of a crime like this, and if you wake up in two seasons and you hear that Emmitt Williams has committed a crime like that, then Mike White’s in a whole lot of trouble.
Taking a player that was accused of something, taking him on the roster, and then if he were to commit a horrible crime like that, that probably is Mike White’s job. That’s the way that college basketball and college athletics are working. If you’re Coach White, do you want that headache of a player that, even though wasn’t charged, looks a whole lot like he committed a crime? You probably don’t, just because you don’t want that kind of player and that kind of attitude on your team. You don’t want to bring that kind of danger to the community at the University of Florida. You don’t want to have that on your hands. Then the other side of it is you don’t want to lose your job. You’ve got a great job here at the University of Florida. You don’t want your image tarnished.
That’s just the situation that Florida ended up not wanting to be a part of, even though he wasn’t actually charged. Everything about it just screamed that the coaching staff was not interested. I applaud them for that. I think they made absolutely the right decision. I know a lot of people thought, “Hey, we would really like a forward in next year’s class, and we’d really like a five-star,” but I don’t think we wanted this five-star. I kind of commend the coaching staff for making what I feel is a really good decision.
Andrew:​It’s 50/50. You look at it. I look at it, and I said, it’s kind of like Florida had to deal with James Robinson a little bit in football, in that he had committed a crime. Same thing with Adarius Lemons. It was like do you take them and give them a second chance? How do you go? It’s always 50/50, because if they come on campus and do right, then you did a good thing. If they come on campus and they do wrong, then you screwed up. In this world we live in, there is no in between. You’ve kind of got to decide.
Eric:​That’s a great way to put. I am a believer in second chances. I don’t think this kid should never play basketball again. I’m not saying that necessarily, but I can totally understand why a guy like Mike White doesn’t want to have that potential problem on his hands. Winning games in college basketball is tough enough without worrying about something like that.
The other thing too is I think if you want to take a player like that and kind of maybe rehabilitate him a bit, give him an opportunity to do better, you probably want a player that has admitted guilt and says, “I’m going to get better. I made these mistakes, and I want to make right with the victim, with the survivor, with the family. I want to do better for my community.”
Nothing about this situation with Emmitt suggested that that was the case. He was still saying he did nothing wrong, even though there were some text messages that very much make it indicate that he knew exactly what he did. I don’t really want to talk about that, but if someone wants to go and Google the situation, you’ll see what I’m talking about. It looks like a player who knew he did something wrong but didn’t want to take any responsibility for it. That, to me, is not a player that you want, if you’re Mike White, to be a reclamation case. If you want to kind of rehabilitate someone, you want someone who maybe admits guilt and wants to get better, and that wasn’t Emmitt Williams, unfortunately.
Andrew:​Yeah. I mean, I still say it, and I may get attacked for this, for saying this, but it’s a privilege to play Division I basketball or football or anything in college. It’s a privilege, and it can be taken away. It sucks, but it can be taken away. You have to know right from wrong.
​Eric, we’re going to get out of here. We’ve got basketball tonight, on Tuesday night, and then on Saturday. Nick, tell everybody where they can find us.
Nick:​www.GatorCountry.com for all your Florida Gator news. The podcast is there in audio and transcript form. You can find us on iTunes. Search @GatorCountry. Do your social media thing. @GatorCountry on Facebook and Twitter. @TheGatorCountry on Instagram. I’m @NickdelaTorreGC. He’s @AndrewSpiveyGC, and Eric is @EFawcett7.
Andrew:​There you go. Guys, we appreciate it so much, and we’ll see everyone on Thursday for our football podcast. As always, guys, chomp, chomp. Go Braves.
Nick:​You stay classy.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.