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Chomping at Bits: Florida men's basketball being carried by defense

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An impressive defense has been the most consistent element of a young Gators team.

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Defense carrying Florida men's basketball: The Gators are holding opponents to 62 points a game (19th best in the country), and held Michigan State and Miami to season low point totals. Head coach Mike White believes it is prudent for the Gators to focus on being as good as they can be defensively to offset their offensive struggles. (Alex Maminakis, Independent Florida Alligator)

"When we approach games where that's our mindset, to be as good as we can be defensively and on the glass, we've played better. When we've approached games where we spent too much emphasis on offense... when we're thinking about scoring and we're thinking about 'I wonder how many shots I can get tonight?' or 'how many I can score?' Certain things like that with an inexperienced team, it has set us up for poor performances in the past." - Florida head coach Mike White

Kevaughn Allen coming into his own: The offensive play of Allen and John Egbunu has improved for the Gators. Against Florida State, Allen scored the most points in a game by a Florida freshman since 2002.  Allen has averaged 19 points over the last four games. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

Meet Florida's twelve 2016 early enrollees: The Gators' twelve early enrolling recruits are Stone Forsythe (OT), Chauncey Gardner (CB), Joshua Hammond (WR), Eddy Pineiro (K), Dre Massey (WR), David Reese (LB), Jordan Smith (DE), Freddie Swain (WR), Mark Thompson (RB), Kyle Trask (QB), as well as McArthur Burnett (ATH) and Feleipe Franks (QB), who are not currently on campus but are both expected to join the Gators shortly. (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post)

What you should know about Austin Appleby: Florida's new graduate transfer quarterback takes care of the ball and had an okay career at Purdue. He is also tall, which is a feature many apparently want to emphasize. (Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times)

Antonneous Clayton could be Gators' next great defender: Clayton drew raves during the week of the Under Armour All-American Game. He hopes to take over Alex McCalister's pass rushing spot and aspires to be like Dante Fowler. (Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel)

What's the value of sponsoring a college football game?: Every one of this year's 40 bowl games has a corporate sponsor, and those sponsoring companies will spend an estimated $100 million on the naming rights to these bowls. (Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic)

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