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Florida Gators forward Keyontae Johnson officially entered the transfer portal Sunday.
He’s not done just yet. Florida forward Colin Castleton will wear the orange and blue for one more season.
Florida’s season came to an end Sunday in a 72-56 loss to Xavier. “This is a low, they need to learn from it and it’ll make them better,” interim head coach Al Pinkins said.
Down three usual starters, Florida ended their NCAA Tournament hopes with a 69-52 loss to UCF Saturday.
“That one was for him. Everything out there was for him,” said Colin Castleton following Florida’s first win under its new interim coach Al Pinkins. The Gators advanced to round two of the NIT Wednesday night.
Florida is dancing for the first time since the 2015-16 season and is seeded to face a determined UCF team, fresh off its first conference championship.
Florida women’s basketball is officially dancing. UF has earned a 10-seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face UCF in the first round in Storrs, Connecticut. Kelly Rae Finley will lead the Gators into their first March Madness appearance since 2016, a potential matchup with UConn looming.
Florida HC Mike White gave a somber speech to the media after Thursday’s loss to Texas A&M, which bounced the Gators from the SEC Tournament and turned their tournament hopes to wash. “A two hour microcosm of the season,” White said. “Ups, downs. Leave everything out on the floor and come up just a little bit short.”