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Talking Florida Gators Basketball with weekly guests, features, game analysis and more. Giving a program that’s become a national power the attention it deserves.

Florida Basketball Hour Neil Blackmon and Eric Fawcett

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    • 4.8 • 123 Ratings

Talking Florida Gators Basketball with weekly guests, features, game analysis and more. Giving a program that’s become a national power the attention it deserves.

    "We'll go from Glory Days to Golden Days": Head Coach Todd Golden joins the show

    "We'll go from Glory Days to Golden Days": Head Coach Todd Golden joins the show

    Florida Gators Head Basketball Coach Todd Golden joins Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) for an interview. Coach Golden talks his influences, how he's embracing the history and expectations in Gainesville, life outside of the Air BnB, the big brain of his friend and colleague Jonathan Safir, being intentional in roster building, the importance of Kyle Lofton, and much more. A 30 minute segment with the new head coach.

    Plus, at minute 30: the guys break down Transfer Portal Team Rankings at various websites. Who won the portal wars? How did the Gators fare? Finally, a SEC-BIG XII challenge "Way too early" preview. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Riley Kugel Commitment just what the Dr. Phillips ordered; Too-Soon Depth Chart Discussion

    Riley Kugel Commitment just what the Dr. Phillips ordered; Too-Soon Depth Chart Discussion

    Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) break down the commitment of top 50 guard Riley Kugel. What made Kugel one of the fastest rising players in the 2022 class, and why he has an NBA ceiling. Plus, does the Kugel commitment change FBH's view on "package deals?" 

    The guys also discuss the last remaining roster spot, lament the loss of PJ Hall, and give updates on the health of Colin Castleton and Jason Jitoboh. The Gators 2022-23 schedule is also taking shape, with visits from a rebuilding UCONN on deck and the BIG 12-SEC Challenge slate about to be released. 

    Finally, at minute 45, a way-too-early look at the Florida depth chart for 2022-23. 

    • 56 min
    Kyle Lofton Commitment; The Role of Myreon Jones, Remaining Portal Options

    Kyle Lofton Commitment; The Role of Myreon Jones, Remaining Portal Options

    Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) discuss the commitment of point guard Kyle Lofton, the All Atlantic 10 player who transferred from Saint Bonaventure. Why he's a great fit for the Gators, the value of 2 point guards, and what to reasonably expect next season. The guys also discuss managing expectations on midmajor transfers.

    At the 30 minute mark, a discussion on the role of Myreon Jones on next year's team. And does Myreon need more of the ball to succeed? 

    Finally, discussions on transfer portal options, the continuing saga of NIL, and Florida making moves on the recruiting trail. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    "We were about winning" - Gator Great and South Carolina Assistant Eddie Shannon; UF Portal Update

    "We were about winning" - Gator Great and South Carolina Assistant Eddie Shannon; UF Portal Update

    Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) are joined this week by Gator Great Eddie Shannon. The Gators all-time steals leader, Shannon discusses the early Billy Donovan era, why he'd walk through a fire with Brent Wright, and why it was clear Billy Donovan was special. Shannon, now an assistant coach at South Carolina, also chats about his new job, back in the SEC, and the coming Lamont Paris era in Columbia. Plus, a transfer portal update and your listener questions at the 27 minute mark. And- a candid discussion on whether Al Horford should be in the Hall of Fame. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Portal Power and Pineapple on Pizza: On Florida's Final 3 roster spots and your listener questions

    Portal Power and Pineapple on Pizza: On Florida's Final 3 roster spots and your listener questions

    Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) joins Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) to discuss Florida's final 3 roster spots, the recent visit of Kyle Lofton and Usun Usunniyi of Saint Bonaventure, and the recent decisions of Johni Broome and former Gators commitment Jalen Reed. 

    Listener questions are also answered, including a lengthy discussion about why, even with 3 spots open, this Florida team is better than the one last year, at least on paper.

    Plus, does pineapple belong on pizza? Is a hot dog a sandwich? Important food takes in the listener questions segment. 

    • 59 min
    "The Play was Zipper 5"- G. Allan Taylor of the Athletic on the Golden Era; More Listener Questions

    "The Play was Zipper 5"- G. Allan Taylor of the Athletic on the Golden Era; More Listener Questions

    Eric Fawcett (Gator Country) and Neil W. Blackmon (Saturday Down South) are joined by The Athletic's G. Allan Taylor, who discusses the Todd Golden hire. Why he's optimistic about what the young coach will accomplish in Gainesville, and why Golden's recruiting plan and analytical, data-driven mind will give the program a jolt of energy. Plus, how the Gators might round out their roster for 2022-23, a little Katie Turner chat, and more. That interview begins at minute 20.

    The guys also answer your listener questions that have carried over from last week. 

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 Ratings

Bucs Fan LV ,

Gator Hoops

Been a Gator hoops fan since Norm Sloan so I go way back with the program. Great to hear this Kind of coverage that’s honest and sees what the fans see now. This program is elite and needs this kind of coverage. Go Gators from Vegas.

Standard gator fan ,

Trendon Waters

Really enjoyed the AU breakdown since I was unable to, do you guys think that wacie will end up following a similar path to tre Mann where he come back and plays well next year or do you think white will start to ramp up his play? Also, a combination of trendon watford and tremont waters would be terrifying. Keep up the great work!

Sadfartfave ,

More awesomeness please!

Neil and Eric host this fantastic show that never disappoints. Their analysis of Gator BB players, coaching, recruits and opponents is entertaining, detailed and consistently thorough. Being a longtime fan of Gator basketball (but not quite an expert on the sport), I always come away with a better understanding of the game after enjoying an hour listening to FBH. Thanks guys! My only complaint is: More frequent episodes please!! :)

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