Florida Gators basketball player Canyon Barry at media days 2016- GatorCountry photo taken by David Bowie Gator Country brings you a special podcast as Brent Mechler who writes for Lindy’s magazine joins us to help us preview the Florida Gators basketball season that starts on Friday night.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre ask Mechler to gives us his prediction on the starting five for the Gators, plus the outlook for the season.
Andrew and Nick ask Mechler what he thinks is the feeling around the team and what the goals are for Mike White and his team.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? I’m joined by my man, Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we got a special podcast today, an extra podcast, and we’re going to be joined by our good friend Brent Mechler, aka Gatorhoops. Brent, what’s up, man? It’s your season.
Brent: How you doing, guys? I don’t know if I’m a special guest, but I’ll take it.
Andrew: Special, we only bring our special guest on every now and then. If you’re a regular, like Nick and I, you’re just a regular.
Brent: Sounds good. I’ll take it.
Andrew: Brent, first off, basketball season’s kind of overlooked in Florida right now. I guess, in your opinion, what is this basketball team right now? Do you feel like there’s some energy around this team, or is it kind of dead like we think so?
Brent: I think basketball takes a little while to get momentum in Gainesville at the University of Florida. I think the buzz around the team is a little bit dead, just because that’s just the way basketball is viewed. I certainly don’t think the buzz within the team, within the program, is dead. I think there’s a lot of optimism going into the season, and I think that will start bleeding into the stands, and I think you’ll see this game get a pretty darn good following as they get successful. That’s just the way it is for Florida basketball.
Nick: How much of that do you think is maybe some cautious optimism based on the past two seasons, from the fan base at least?
Brent: Yeah. I think, look, we’ve had back to back NIT, and Florida’s not a fan base that is going to be considered die hard, that is going to come back with tremendous enthusiasm, because we ran to the NIT quarterfinals last year. So there’s a little bit of spillover, kind of a hangover from not having two great seasons. I do think this will be, I don’t know if it’d go great, but I think this has the potential to be a good to a very good season for us.
Andrew: In your opinion, you look at this team, and, like we said, it’s not creating the buzz, but it almost is a Billy Donovan kind of team a little bit where it’s they don’t have that one superstar, it’s just a really good team. That’s Mike White, right? That he’s always going to have a really […]