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Florida guard Scottie Lewis (23) shots against Kentucky forward Nick Richards (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Youngblood)

Florida guard Scottie Lewis returning for sophomore season

Apr. 6, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida guard Scottie Lewis, one of the Southeastern Conference's top defenders, is returning for his sophomore season. Lewis made the announcement Monday via social media by saying “we have some unfinished business.” "My dream of playing in the NBA is still a top...

In this Jan. 10, 2020, photo provided by the University of Florida Athletic Association, University of Florida team manager Chris Sutherland is shown warming up before a game between Florida team managers and Missouri team managers, the night before an NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Missouri, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Sutherland waited nearly five years to finally play college basketball. He worked his way onto Florida’s bench in January after serving as an arena worker, a practice player for the women’s team and a team manager for the men’s program. Gaining NCAA eligibility was a daunting task that required him to repay a $5,000 scholarship and remove his name and likeness off a website he created last year to sell streetwear he designed. (Alex de la Osa/UAA Communications via AP)

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

Apr. 2, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. They were faint at first, growing louder and clearer by the second. “We want Chris! We want Chris!” Sutherland had waited years for this...

In this Jan. 10, 2020, photo provided by the University of Florida Athletic Association, University of Florida team manager Chris Sutherland is shown warming up before a game between Florida team managers and Missouri team managers, the night before an NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Missouri, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Sutherland waited nearly five years to finally play college basketball. He worked his way onto Florida’s bench in January after serving as an arena worker, a practice player for the women’s team and a team manager for the men’s program. Gaining NCAA eligibility was a daunting task that required him to repay a $5,000 scholarship and remove his name and likeness off a website he created last year to sell streetwear he designed. (Alex de la Osa/UAA Communications via AP)

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

Apr. 2, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. They were faint at first, growing louder and clearer by the second. “We want Chris! We want Chris!” Sutherland had waited years for this...

Georgia's Anthony Edwards (5) tries to get a shot past Florida forward Dontay Bassett (21) during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Athens, Ga. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Seldom-used Florida forward Bassett enters transfer portal

Mar. 16, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida forward Dontay Bassett is looking to transfer after playing in just 17 games this season. School officials said Monday that Bassett has entered the NCAA transfer portal and will have immediate eligibility elsewhere next season as a graduate transfer. A 6-foot-9 junior from...

Florida forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. (24) drives ato the basket against Kentucky forward Nick Richards (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Youngblood)

Florida's Blackshear sprains wrist, could miss SEC tourney

Mar. 9, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida forward Kerry Blackshear Jr., the team's second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, is questionable for the Southeastern Conference Tournament because of a sprained left wrist. Blackshear injured his wrist during the season finale against Kentucky on Saturday. X-rays were...

Kentucky head coach John Calipari screams at players after Florida scored during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Youngblood)

No. 6 Kentucky rallies from 18 down, stuns Florida 71-70

Mar. 7, 2020 10:03 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari went around the locker room at halftime and picked on just about everyone. His harshest criticism was directed toward star forward Nick Richards. “Nick, you are so bad right now," Calipari recalled. "We're not going away from you, so you can...

Kentucky's Ashton Hagans, left, looks for an opening against Auburn's Anfernee McLemore (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

No. 6 Kentucky expects Ashton Hagans back for SEC Tournament

Mar. 7, 2020 5:17 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kentucky point guard Ashton Hagans apparently needed some time away. Coach John Calipari obliged. But Calipari expects his floor leader to return in time for next week's Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee. The Wildcats (25-6, 15-3 SEC) are the No. 1 seed and...

Tennessee's John Fulkerson (10) celebrates after Tennessee defeated Kentucky 81-73 in an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Florida chasing SEC tourney seed against No. 6 Kentucky

Mar. 6, 2020 4:02 AM EST

Here are some things to watch as the Southeastern Conference concludes the regular season: GAME OF THE WEEKEND No. 6 Kentucky has clinched the regular season title and the tournament’s No. 1 seed, while No. 17 Auburn and LSU have also secured double byes with seeding to be determined for next...

Florida forward Keyontae Johnson (11) dribbles around Tennessee guard/forward Yves Pons (35) during an NCAA college basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Versatile Johnson is 'Key' to Florida's late-season surge

Mar. 5, 2020 3:41 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Keyontae Johnson is deceptively quick for a power forward. Just ask anyone who’s tried to guard him. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound sophomore keeps blowing by defenders, getting to the basket and finishing about as well as anyone in the Southeastern Conference. Throw in a deft...

Georgia's Anthony Edwards (5) moves the ball pasy Florida forward Keyontae Johnson (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Athens, Ga. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Locke's 3s help Gators take control late to beat Dogs 66-54

Mar. 4, 2020 10:51 PM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — If defense is the measuring stick, Florida is peaking just in time for the postseason. Noah Locke sank back-to-back 3-pointers during Florida's decisive run of 10 unanswered points in the second half and the Gators strengthened their NCAA Tournament hopes by beating Georgia 66-54 on...