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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's final 2 roster additions of the offseason in Urban Klavžar and Viktor Mikic. Why Klavžar will help the Gators immediately, and why Mikic is an exciting add from a value standpoint. Plus, are computers and preseason polls disrespecting the Gators?…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down the return of Florida's Walter Clayton Jr. and Will Richard. What the return of two senior starters means for the Gators, and how each team can improve in 2024-25. Plus, a fair NBA comparison for Clayton Jr., and the improvement at the margins that would be a gamecha…
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Jake Winderman (CBS Sports) joins Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) to discuss Florida's SEC basketball schedule, which was just released by the league this week. Neil and Jake also break down the winners and SEC Contenders from Portal Season, with a focus on the teams they believe can win the SEC in 2024-2025. Finally, are the Gators deep eno…
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) offer breakdowns of Florida's newest portal additions, Sam Alexis of UT Chattanooga and Reuben Chinyelu of Washington State. What to expect from the 2 newest Gators frontcourt pieces, and why Todd Golden's defensive thinking may have influenced the decisions to recruit these pl…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) answer questions asked by our Patreon subscribers. Questions range from transfer portal targets to defensive scheme to what to expect from Florida on the recruiting trail. The national championship game, between UConn and Purdue, is also previewed.…
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FBH sat down with former All-SEC Gator Jennifer George to chat about Florida hoops on the men's and women's sides. What she likes about the build of each program, and what she hopes to see in 2024-25. We also talked about Jennifer's charity, the Girls Basketball Worldwide Foundation, which brings hoops into underserved communities, offering young g…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's 102-100 loss to Colorado in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Yes, the referees were abysmal. Yes, Florida was bad on defense. Yes, Walter Clayton was a win away from being immortal. Yes, it was a good season. But it left us all wanting a little more.…
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's 7 seed on Selection Sunday. Why a 7 seed was wrong, but could work in Florida's favor. Plus, previews of Florida's opening round matchup, which will be against the First Four winner of Colorado/Boise State. The guys also recap Florida's tough SEC Championsh…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) breakdown Florida's epic comeback win over Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament semifinals. How Denzel Aberdeen and Alex Condon keyed the Gators rally against the Aggies-- and why Florida's defense won the day early in the second half. Plus, our preview of the SEC Championship Game,…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's 85-80 SEC Tournament win over Georgia. Why the 11th straight win over Georgia is always the toughest, and what to expect in Florida's SEC quarterfinal against Alabama. Plus, bracketology, SEC Tournament thoughts, Nashville food, and much more...…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) breakdown Florida's 105-87 win over No. 16 Alabama. All the takeaways from a special Senior Night in the O'Dome. Plus, why Florida's offensive adjustments-- and its best defensive game all season-- were encouraging long term. Next- a preview of Florida's trip to Vanderbilt. Fin…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's 82-76 loss at . 18 South Carolina. Why Florida struggled with the Gamecocks zone, and how Florida could have won the game regardless.. Plus, a big preview of Florida's Senior Night game against Alabama. The first game was a classic. Will the Gators exact so…
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) on Florida's 20th win over the season-- a strange, grind it out game against Missouri. Other topics discussed include Florida's return to an offensive rebounding identity, the value of turnover percentage, and what to make of Riley Kugel's decreased usage. Finally, a preview of…
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's 88-82 win in Athens. How good offense, and Thomas Haugh's huge lift off the bench won Florida its 10th game in a row over Georgia. The guys also break down No. 13 Alabama. Why Mark Sears is Neil's pick for SEC Player of the Year; why Eric loves Alabama's id…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) joins Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) to break down Florida's 82-80 win over LSU. What goes wrong when the Gators face a zone defense, and what the Gators might do to remedy it. Plus, why Todd Golden may want to buck industry trends using his timeouts. Finally, Florida visits Georgia this weekend. Why this game w…
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's 81-65 rout of No. 12 Auburn on Saturday in the O'Dome. Why Florida's guards stole the show, Florida's frontcourt was up for the challenge, and the continued maturation of Riley Kugel. Plus, a preview of an improved LSU, who visits Gainesville on Tuesday nig…
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Jacob Rudner (247 Sports) joins Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) to break down Florida's 94-91 overtime win at No. 10 Kentucky on Wednesday night. From Walter Clayton Jr.'s shot to Thomas Haugh's help defense, the guys discuss all aspects of a signature win for Todd Golden and Florida. Plus, why the work to be an NCAA Tournament team is not d…
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) is joined by Graham Hall (247 Sports) to talk Florida's 102-98 overtime win over Georgia. Why this Florida offense is humming, and what can Florida fix on defense? Plus, what is going right-- and wrong-- with Riley Kugel's game this season. Plus, a big Kentucky preview as Florida looks to avoid being swept by …
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) is joined by Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun to break down Florida's 79-70 résumé building win over Mississippi State. Kevin Brockway breaks down how Florida's defense on Tolu Smith led the way, and talks the improvement of the Gators on both sides of the ball. Plus, how Florida's hedge busting offense i…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's road win at Mizzou. Why this was Florida's most complete defensive performance of the year, why Micah Handlogten can build on this performance, and why Riley Kugel's improved play continued in CoMo. Plus, Tolu Smith and Mississippi State will test Florida p…
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) discuss two blowouts: a win over Arkansas and a loss at Tennessee. What did we learn from 2 lopsided games? Plus, thoughts on Florida's lack of frontcourt physicality, the wonderful skill of Walter Clayton Jr., the improvement of Denzel Aberdeen, and plenty of content to previe…
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's loss at Ole Miss. What went wrong for the Gators-- and how Florida might approach fixing things defensively. Plus, what ails Riley Kugel, and should he be given the chance to play through the slump? And should Florida consider playing 4 around 1 and abandon…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down a heartbreaking Florida loss to No. 6 Kentucky in Gainesville. What went wrong for the Gators in the closing 5 minutes, and why this team hasn't yet gotten over the hump in huge games. Plus, a preview of Florida's trip to Ole Miss, where a vastly improved Rebels team…
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) discuss Florida's unbeaten December and preview Florida's upcoming tilt at home against No. 6 Kentucky. Why this Kentucky team is so much better on offense, grading Florida's non-conference performance, and outlining the keys to a Florida win over Kentucky.…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's gritty win over Michigan in the Jumpman Invitational. How Florida won, and a chat about: - Alex Condon's remarkable development- Zyon Pullin as the 6th man and why it works- Riley Kugel's offensive issues- Riley Kugel's excellent defense.Plus, a preview of …
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's narrow win over East Carolina in Lakeland. What to make of Florida's offensive issues and Riley Kugel and Micah Handlogten sitting down the stretch. At minute 40: a breakdown of Florida's immense tilt with Michigan in a battle of 2 teams desperate for signa…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's win over Richmond in the Orange Bowl Classic and preview Florida's tilt in Lakeland on Thursday night against a sneaky good East Carolina team. Plus, is it time to be concerned about Florida defensively? Why the Gators should get better on defense-- and why…
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Jacob Rudner (247 Sports) joins the show to discuss Florida's back-to-back losses to Baylor and Wake Forest. What can Florida do to improve, and what the long term impact is of missing out on these résumé opportunities. Plus, a preview of Florida's home tilt with Merrimack, one of college basketball's funkiest teams.…
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's rout of rival Florida State. How the Gators won their 3rd straight over FSU, and why Zyon Pullin was the difference in his debut. Plus, a huge preview of the Feast Week NIT, where the Gators will compete in Brooklyn this week. Why Pitt is a tough matchup, a…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down a tough loss to Virginia in Charlotte. Why turnovers did Florida in-- and why there were encouraging signs, even in defeat. Plus, a look at FAMU, who comes to Gainesville Tuesday, and a big preview of Friday night's rivalry game in Gainesville against Florida State. …
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's opening night rout of Loyola-Maryland. Why the bigs were so impressive, Riley Kugel's improved game, and other thoughts on a great opening night. Plus, at minute 30- the guys preview a monstrous game against one of the nation's best programs in Virginia.…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) are joined by Jake Winderman (CBS Sports) to preview the 2023-24 Florida Gators basketball season. As usual, this show features "Over/Unders" set by Jake and discussed on the show. Everything from Florida's leading scorers, biggest wins, best transfer, and NCAA Tournament hopes…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) discuss the sudden retirement of Edge Jarvis, the Yale transfer expected to compete to start for the Gators in 2023-24. Why this hurts Florida's frontcourt in more ways than just "depth", and how it could change Florida's outlook in 2023-24. Plus, why the Zyon Pullin three-game…
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Florida Basketball Hour kicks off Season 6. On the agenda: Florida opens practice, Todd Golden's opening press conference, recruiting updates, Alex Condon buzz, and what to expect from Florida's star, Riley Kugel. Plus, the guys kick a fun College Basketball Almanac poll of coaches back and forth, including discussions about the league's player of …
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FBH interviews Florida big man Tyrese Samuel ahead of the 2023-2024 season. Why the Gators' forward picked Florida, what he learned in his time at Seton Hall and playing in the Big East, his basketball journey that took him from Canada to Maryland, and beyond, and his goals for the 2023-2024 campaign. Plus, some fun with Tyrese about who has the mo…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) discuss Florida's new staff addition, John Andrzejek, who joins Florida from Kyle Smith's staff at Washington State. Why Coach Andrzejek is a great fit in Gainesville, and how it will benefit Florida's offense especially in 2023-24. Taurean Green's internal promotion is also di…
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's non-conference slate. It's a smart schedule, but is it a top 10 slate? The guys discuss that and break down the trap games, the value of neutral floor opportunities, "must wins," and more. Plus, Riley Kugel shines at the Nike Academy, recruiting, and "first…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's busy summer. Where does Florida's transfer portal class rank? FBH breaks it down. Plus, what Florida's newest international roster spot adds to the team, the loss of John Bol and why it doesn't matter much, 2024 recruiting updates, and much more. Finally, F…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) team up to discuss the commitment of Zyon Pullin, the No 2 ranked player remaining in the portal, to UF. What Pullin's commitment means for Florida's ceiling, why he might be best as a 6th man, and much more. Plus, Julian Rishwain isn't a 6th man! But he is a no-risk take. Fina…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) breakdown Florida's roster to date. Will Florida acquire the additional guard this roster needs? A breakdown of targets Jaylen Murray and Zyon Pullin, among others. Plus, all your listener questions, including a fun closing discussion of the best glue guys in Gator history.…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) talk Florida Gators basketball. On this episode, Jacob Rudner (Swamp 247) joins the show to give insider information on the Samuel commitment and discuss Florida's roster for the 2023-24 season, which is taking shape and seems poised for a NCAA Tournament run. Jacob Rudner also…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) on the return to Florida of star freshman Riley Kugel. Why Kugel's return was the biggest win for Todd Golden yet, and what it means as Florida builds its 2023-24 roster. Plus, Florida has Gael-winds behind their back in the portal, thanks to the commitment of Iona guard Walter…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) discuss Florida's first commitment from the transfer portal- Yale forward EJ Jarvis. What to expect from the All-Ivy League forward, and why this is a good start for the Gators as they build a 2023-24 roster. The guys also answer additional portal questions, including the diffe…
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's loss to UCF in the NIT. What went wrong and how to evaluate that game in the grand scheme of Todd Golden's first season. Plus, we answer questions submitted by our Patreon subscribers. These questions are outstanding, from how to build a roster in modern ba…
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Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) and Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) break down Florida's heartbreaking 69-68 overtime loss to Mississippi State at the SEC Tournament. What went wrong on the final Miss State possession, Florida's final shot, and why the Gators stagnant offense and bad free throw shooting nearly doomed the team before a stirring …
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Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down Florida's Senior Night win over LSU. How Todd Golden's switch to the press changed the game, along with the bench contributions of Kowacie Reeves and Niels Lane. Plus, the continued star turn of Riley Kugel-- breaking down his prospects for next season. The guys also…
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