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2016–17 Florida Gators men's basketball team

The 2016–17 Florida Gators men's basketball team represented the University of Florida in the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Gators, led by second year head coach Mike White, competed in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and played their home games at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. They finished the season 27–9, 14–4 in SEC play to finish in second place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament to Vanderbilt. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated East Tennessee State, Virginia, and Wisconsin before losing to fellow SEC member South Carolina in the Elite Eight.

2016–17 Florida Gators men's basketball
Florida Gators wordmark.svg
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 20
2016–17 record27–9 (14–4 SEC)
Head coachMike White (2nd season)
Assistant coachDusty May
Assistant coachJordan Mincy
Assistant coachDarris Nichols
Home arenaExactech Arena
at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Seasons
2016–17 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 Kentucky 16 2   .889     32 6   .842
No. 20 Florida 14 4   .778     27 9   .750
Arkansas 12 6   .667     26 10   .722
South Carolina 12 6   .667     26 11   .703
Ole Miss 10 8   .556     22 14   .611
Alabama 10 8   .556     19 15   .559
Vanderbilt 10 8   .556     19 16   .543
Georgia 9 9   .500     19 15   .559
Texas A&M 8 10   .444     16 15   .516
Tennessee 8 10   .444     16 16   .500
Auburn 7 11   .389     18 14   .563
Mississippi State 6 12   .333     16 16   .500
LSU 2 16   .111     10 21   .323
Missouri 2 16   .111     8 24   .250
2017 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Gators finished the 2015–16 season 21–15, 9–9 in SEC play to finish in a tie for eighth place. They lost to Texas A&M in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. They received an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament, where they defeated North Florida and Ohio State to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to George Washington.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
DeVon Walker 1 G/F 6'6" 203 RS Junior Winter Haven, FL Graduate transferred to Troy
Brandone Francis-Ramirez 2 G 6'5" 205 RS Freshman La Romana, Dominican Republic Transferred to Texas Tech
Alex Murphy 5 F 6'8" 225 RS Senior Wakefield, RI Graduate transferred to Northeastern
Dorian Finney-Smith 10 F 6'8" 220 RS Senior Portsmouth, VA Graduated
Zach Hodskins 12 G 6'4" 203 Sophomore Alpharetta, GA Walk-on; didn't return
Lexx Edwards 14 G 6'2" 220 RS Senior Orlando, FL Walk-on; graduated
Jhonny Victor 20 G 6'4" 178 RS Freshman Orlando, FL Walk-on; didn't return

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Jalen Hudson 3 G 6'5" 195 Junior Akron, OH Transferred from Virginia Tech. Under NCAA transfer rules, Hudson did not play for the 2016–17 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.
Canyon Barry 24 G 6'6" 205 RS Senior Colorado Springs, CO Transferred from College of Charleston. Was eligible to play one season as a graduate transfer.

2016 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Gorjok Gak
No. 20 C
Bradenton, FL Victory Rock Prep 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Apr 24, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 79
Eric Hester
No. 33 PG
Oldsmar, FL Oldsmar Christian High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Aug 14, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 79
Dontay Bassett
No. 63 PF
Oldsmar, FL Oldsmar Christian High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Oct 12, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 72
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2016 Florida Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 15, 2016.

2017 recruiting classEdit

RosterEdit

 
Tip off between the Florida Gators and the Seton Hall Pirates at the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational.
2016–17 Florida Gators men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Kasey Hill 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Montverde Academy Umatilla, Florida
F 1 Devin Robinson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Christchurch School Chesterfield, Virginia
G 2 Eric Hester 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 167 lb (76 kg) Fr Oldsmar Christian School Clearwater, Florida
G 3 Jalen Hudson (I)   6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Virginia Tech Richmond, Virginia
G 5 KeVaughn Allen 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 183 lb (83 kg) So North Little Rock High School Little Rock, Arkansas
G 11 Chris Chiozza 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 176 lb (80 kg) Jr White Station High School Memphis, Tennessee
F/C 12 Gorjok Gak 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 231 lb (105 kg) Fr Victory Rock Prep Sydney, Australia
F/C 13 Kevarrius Hayes 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 218 lb (99 kg) So Suwannee High School Live Oak, Florida
C 15 John Egbunu   6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) RS Jr University of South Florida Bauchi, Nigeria
F 21 Dontay Bassett 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Fr Oldsmar Christian School Oakland, California
F 23 Justin Leon 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Sr Shawnee Community College Conway, Arkansas
G 24 Canyon Barry 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) GS College of Charleston Colorado Springs, Colorado
F 25 Keith Stone 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Fr Zion Lutheran Christian School Deerfield Beach, Florida
C 32 Schuyler Rimmer 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 249 lb (113 kg) RS Sr Stanford University Orlando, Florida
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
October 26, 2016*
7:00 pm
vs. Eckerd W 91–63 
 18  Egbunu   13  Egbunu   4  Chiozza  Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (1,122)
Jacksonville, FL
Regular season
November 11, 2016*
7:30 pm
vs. Florida Gulf Coast W 80–59  1–0
 14  Robinson   8  Egbunu   4  Tied  Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (5,212)
Jacksonville, FL
November 13, 2016*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Mercer W 76–54  2–0
 17  Leon   9  Robinson   5  Allen  Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (3,716)
Jacksonville, FL
November 17, 2016*
7:00 pm
vs. St. Bonaventure
Lakeland Showcase
W 73–66  3–0
 16  Tied   10  Egbunu   4  Hill  Lakeland Center (4,133)
Lakeland, FL
November 21, 2016*
7:00 pm, SECN
vs. Belmont
AdvoCare Invitational opening round
W 78–61  4–0
 17  Barry   8  Egbunu   5  Hill  Amalie Arena (6,650)
Tampa, FL
November 24, 2016*
8:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. Seton Hall
AdvoCare Invitational quarterfinals
W 81–76  5–0
 21  Allen   10  Egbunu   2  Tied  HP Field House (1,949)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
November 25, 2016*
9:30 pm, ESPNU
vs. No. 11 Gonzaga
AdvoCare Invitational semifinals
L 72–77  5–1
 18  Robinson   7  Egbunu   7  Hill  HP Field House (2,941)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
November 27, 2016*
4:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. Miami (FL)
AdvoCare Invitational 3rd place game
W 65–56  6–1
 16  Hill   8  Stone   5  Chiozza  HP Field House (2,305)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
December 1, 2016*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
No. 24 at North Florida W 91–60  7–1
 16  Chiozza   6  Robinson   9  Chiozza  UNF Arena (4,113)
Jacksonville, FL
December 6, 2016*
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 21 vs. No. 5 Duke
Jimmy V Classic
L 74–84  7–2
 21  Allen   12  Egbunu   6  Hill  Madison Square Garden (15,294)
New York City, NY
December 11, 2016*
4:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 21 at Florida State
Rivalry
L 78–83  7–3
 21  Hill   7  Hayes   4  Chiozza  Donald L. Tucker Center (10,029)
Tallahassee, FL
December 17, 2016*
4:00 pm, FS2
vs. Charlotte
Orange Bowl Classic
W 87–46  8–3
 16  Barry   9  Robinson   5  Hill  BB&T Center 
Sunrise, FL
December 21, 2016*
7:00 pm, SECN
Little Rock W 94–71  9–3
 21  Robinson   8  Hayes   11  Hill  O'Connell Center (10,655)
Gainesville, FL
December 29, 2016
7:00 pm, SECN
No. 25 at Arkansas W 81–72  10–3
(1–0)
 21  Allen   11  Egbunu   6  Hill  Bud Walton Arena (16,035)
Fayetteville, AR
January 3, 2017
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 24 Ole Miss W 70–63  11–3
(2–0)
 20  Barry   5  4 tied   5  Hill  O'Connell Center (10,423)
Gainesville, FL
January 7, 2017
5:15 pm, ESPN2
No. 24 Tennessee W 83–70  12–3
(3–0)
 23  Allen   6  Leon   7  Hill  O'Connell Center (10,843)
Gainesville, FL
January 10, 2017
9:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 23 at Alabama W 80–67  13–3
(4–0)
 14  Stone   6  Robinson   4  Hill  Coleman Coliseum (12,923)
Tuscaloosa, AL
January 14, 2017
2:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 23 Georgia W 80–76 OT 14–3
(5–0)
 27  Barry   11  Egbunu   4  Tied  O'Connell Center (10,376)
Gainesville, FL
January 18, 2017
6:30 pm, SECN
No. 19 at No. 24 South Carolina L 53–57  14–4
(5–1)
 13  Barry   10  Robinson   4  Chiozza  Colonial Life Arena (15,638)
Columbia, SC
January 21, 2017
12:00 pm, CBS
No. 19 Vanderbilt L 66–68  14–5
(5–2)
 29  Allen   6  Tied   7  Hill  O'Connell Center (10,523)
Gainesville, FL
January 25, 2017
9:00 pm, SECN
No. 25 at LSU W 106–71  15–5
(6–2)
 24  Robinson   8  Robinson   10  Chiozza  Maravich Center (7,009)
Baton Rouge, LA
January 28, 2017*
2:00 pm, ESPN
No. 25 at Oklahoma
Big 12/SEC Challenge
W 84–52  16–5
(6–2)
 20  Hayes   9  Hayes   8  Hill  Lloyd Noble Center (7,970)
Norman, OK
February 2, 2017
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 24 Missouri W 93–54  17–5
(7–2)
 17  Barry   12  Chiozza   10  Chiozza  O'Connell Center (10,153)
Gainesville, FL
February 4, 2017
8:15 pm, ESPN
No. 24 No. 8 Kentucky
Rivalry, College GameDay
W 88–66  18–5
(8–2)
 21  Hill   9  Tied   9  Chiozza  O'Connell Center (11,171)
Gainesville, FL
February 7, 2017
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 17 at Georgia W 72–60  19–5
(9–2)
 15  Chiozza   7  Leon   5  Hill  Stegeman Coliseum (7,605)
Atlanta, GA
February 11, 2017
12:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 17 Texas A&M W 71–62  20–5
(10–2)
 18  Leon   10  Egbunu   5  Tied  O'Connell Center (10,732)
Gainesville, FL
February 14, 2017
7:00 pm, SECN
No. 15 at Auburn W 114–95  21–5
(11–2)
 30  Barry   8  Leon   12  Hill  Auburn Arena (7,572)
Auburn, AL
February 18, 2017
2:00 pm, ESPN
No. 15 at Mississippi State W 57–52  22–5
(12–2)
 14  Chiozza   10  Tied   2  Tied  Humphrey Coliseum (7,980)
Starkville, MS
February 21, 2017
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 13 South Carolina W 81–66  23–5
(13–2)
 26  Allen   7  Allen   4  Chiozza  O'Connell Center (11,051)
Gainesville, FL
February 25, 2017
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 13 at No. 11 Kentucky
Rivalry
L 66–76  23–6
(13–3)
 24  Allen   11  Robinson   5  Chiozza  Rupp Arena (24,431)
Lexington, KY
March 1, 2017
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 12 Arkansas W 78–65  24–6
(14–3)
 14  Barry   8  Hayes   4  Hill  O'Connell Center (10,978)
Gainesville, FL
March 4, 2017
2:00 pm, ESPN
No. 12 at Vanderbilt L 71–73  24–7
(14–4)
 15  Barry   6  Robinson   4  Chiozza  Memorial Gymnasium (10,431)
Nashville, TN
SEC Tournament
March 10, 2017
7:00 pm, SECN
(2) No. 17 vs. (7) Vanderbilt
Quarterfinals
L 62–72 OT 24–8
 16  Allen   10  Robinson   2  Hill  Bridgestone Arena (14,227)
Nashville, TN
NCAA Tournament
March 16, 2017
3:10 pm, truTV
(4 E) No. 20 vs. (13 E) East Tennessee State
First round
W 80–65  25–8
 24  Robinson   7  Tied   5  Hill  Amway Center (15,037)
Orlando, FL
March 18, 2017
8:40 pm, TNT
(4 E) No. 20 vs. (5 E) No. 24 Virginia
Second round
W 65–39  26–8
 14  Robinson   11  Robinson   5  Chiozza  Amway Center (17,308)
Orlando, FL
March 24, 2017
9:59 pm, TBS
(4 E) No. 20 vs. (8 E) No. 25 Wisconsin
Sweet Sixteen
W 84–83 OT 27–8
 35  Allen   8  Leon   5  Chiozza  Madison Square Garden (20,047)
New York City, NY
March 26, 2017
2:20 pm, CBS
(4 E) No. 20 vs. (7 E) South Carolina
Elite Eight
L 70–77  27–9
 18  Leon   7  Leon   5  Hill  Madison Square Garden (20,047)
New York City, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East Region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP RV RV RV 24 21 RV RV 25 24 23 19 25 24 17 15 13 12 17 20 Not released 
Coaches RV RV RV RV 21 RV RV RV 24 23 19 25 23 17 13 12 12 13 17 10

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit