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ESPN moves UF up to #4

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by Ahab, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. GatorPlanet

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    Gorjok will counter the Hack-a-Gak with the Rope-a-Dope.
     
  2. BillyBall89

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  3. mdfgator

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    Expecting a final four run, we are loaded and coach white is a great coach.
     
  4. GatorPlanet

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    Gator football and basketball are back in the top ten, preseason anyway. Things are back to normal.
     
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  5. manigordo

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    All speculation now, but I remember how it felt to NOT be in the conversation!
     
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  6. melrose12

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    What can or will keep this team from final 4.
    That's as far as I go. To me that's a great year,
    Unless #1 all year and don't get there.
    We have the
    Size
    The PG
    3pt shooters
    S. Lewis
    Blackshear
    What will be our Downfall?(IF we do)
    Ft's I think could hurt us. Locke being the only one from downtown over 35%
    If we are weak down low on D, there are some good big men in SEC. What can keep us from the final 4.
    Just so ready for Basketball.. Football will do just fine while waiting.
     
  7. tampajack1

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    We lost a great rim protector, which is significant. We seem to be improved in every other aspect of the game.
     
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  8. GatorPlanet

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    True, but don't undersell Blackshear. He's 6'-10" with a good reach. Behind him we have Gak and Payne, who bring serious length. And a freakish athlete in Keyontae.
     
  9. GatorLurker

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    I think that he will use his weight and footwork to keep opponents away from the basket more than his leaping.
     
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  10. MadduxFanII

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    If you're looking for a weak spot, it's probably in the reliance we're placing on Blackshear. We went from being a Top 20-25ish team to a Final Four contender once we brought Blackshear on board - if, god forbid, something happens to Blackshear and Gak doesn't take a huge leap forward, we're all of a sudden in the exact same place down low that we've been for the last few years.

    Still, that's not really saying much - every team is vulnerable if their best player tears his ACL. More specifically, there could be scenarios where the starting lineup lacks shooting - if you figure the starting five ends up being Nembhard, Locke, Lewis, Johnson and Blackshear, it's not impossible to see some issues with shooting. If Nembhard doesn't improve his shot, if Lewis is more of a Prather type as a freshman, if Johnson's shooting numbers regress a bit with more playing time and more shots, then you basically just have Locke as a consistent high-volume shooter (and that's betting on the pre-injury version of Locke being The Real Locke).

    There are the usual concerns trying to integrate a bunch of newcomers into a new system. Our starting wing is likely going to be a true freshman, our starting center is a graduate transfer, one of the first guys off the bench is going to be a true freshman, one of the back-up big men is coming off essentially two injury years and another back-up big man is a true freshman. Blackshear is surely the most offensively skilled big man White has ever coached - how easy is it going to be for White to integrate that skillset into the broader system after never having to do that before?
     
  11. jeffphillips21

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    And another freakish athlete/defender in Lewis
     
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  12. gatorstevelp

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    Since shooting is a concern for you are you aware both Nembhard and Johnson's 3 point shooting percentage was .347 and .365 compared to Allen at .326 and Hudson at .280. Locke, who was fighting through an injury, finished at .379. Having Blackshear down low and Lewis being able to attack and finish at the rim, I believe, will give everyone some more open looks.
     
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  13. Gatorhead

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    It will be interesting to see how the Gator's
    shoot the three. The line of course has been set back. I like Gatorstevelp's comment above.

    Allen and Hudson did not shoot as well as I had hoped (especially Hudson early).

    With KB coming on board we have a big that can shoot the 3 pretty well himself.

    I will be very disappointed if UF's (3) shooting % does not IMPROVE this year even with the line set back.

    A lineup with KB, Lewis, AN, Mann and Locke would seem like a potentially good shooting outfit. KJ can shoot as well. Need to get that team % up a bit this year!
     
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  14. OklahomaGator

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    One area where Blackshear will help is getting open 3 point shots for everyone else.
     
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  15. justinwitt07

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    You never really know how these kids games will translate but I will say this , Lewis seems to be the goods. Something about the way that kid moves on the court. Seems to know where he’s going and what he’s doing at all times. I could be wrong but he absolutely comes across like a true difference maker on a winning team, the engine that makes that thing go
     
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    Take what we can get. This will be a good team and Mike is a good coach...forget about Donovan : like SOS Billy left us in the lurch . Back MW and forget about Billy
     
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    It's been awhile since we've had a breakout type with personality. Him and Nembhard are going to be quite the combo.
     
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    Watched him at the McDonald’s all American game and u couldn’t take ur eyes off the kid. Seemed to be all over the court making winning type plays
     
  19. jeffphillips21

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    He's a born leader too