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Gators come up short against Texas A&M

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The Florida Gators willed themselves to a victory over Arkansas in the first round of the SEC Tournament in Nashville. They gave top-seeded Texas A&M all they could handle, but finally fell to the Aggies 72-66. Injured center John Egbunu again tried to lead his team to victory, but his effort, and that of his team, fell short. Egbunu, who tore a ligament in his right thumb earlier in the week, again gutted it out, but fouled out late in…

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Gators get by Razorbacks in SEC Tournament

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Despite playing with a wounded big man, the Florida Gators managed to get by the Arkansas Razorbacks in the second of the SEC Tournament in Nashville. After tearing a ligament in his right thumb on Tuesday, John Egbunu only played limited minutes, but his presence helped inspire his team to a 68-61 victory. Heading into the game, Florida coach Mike White was pessimistic about Egbunu’s ability to contribute. In the end, the 6-foot, 11-inch center chipped in eight points and…

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Despite being unranked, FSU/UF a compelling matchup

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Tuesday is a huge day in college basketball. Eight teams ranked the Associated Press Top 25 are in action, including top-ranked Michigan State and No. 13 Miami, who hosts Princeton. One of the best games between unranked teams tips off at 7 p.m. in Gainesville. Florida (8-3) and Florida State (9-2) meet on the basketball hardwood for the 67th time. It is a big enough game for ESPN2 to dispatch PTPer (Prime Time Player) Dick Vitale as part of the…

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Gators hang on to beat Cowboys, 72-70

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The Florida Gators built a 10-point lead over the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday, and then hung on for an exciting 72-70 win in the Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. The Gator offense is often criticized much like the football team, but had just enough to edge the Cowboys from the Big 12. After the Cowboys took an early 8-point lead, Florida tied the game at 20 on a Dorian Finney-Smith jumper. The lead see-sawed back…

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College roundup: Gators come up short at Michigan State

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Going into their game with No. 1 Michigan State on Saturday, the Florida Gators knew their effort and execution would need to be at midseason level to have a chance for the upset. Making a fair amount of shots would help, too. Florida put forth a strong effort and committed only eight turnovers against a good Spartan defense. Unfortunately, far too few shots fell for the Gators, allowing Michigan State to escape with a 58-52 victory in East Lansing, Mich.…

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College basketball roundup: Miami upset

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Northeastern 78, Miami 77 Quincy Ford made a jumper as time expired leading the Northeastern Huskies to a 78-77 upset win over the No. 15 Miami Hurricanes on Friday. The loss was the first by Miami after four season-opening wins, including two over ranked teams. Miami was favored by 16 points. Northeastern jumped out to a quick 17-8 lead and pushed the lead to 11 at the midway point of the first half. Miami closed the gap to 35-30 at…

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Gators rebound from first loss, top Vermont

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The Florida Gators bounced back from their first loss of the season with an 85-62 victory over Vermont at the O’Connell Center. The Gators never trailed and posted their fourth win against the lone loss. Florida held the Catamounts scoreless for nearly four minutes to open the game as they jumped to a 12-5 lead. Vermont cut into the lead and only trailed 34-29 at the half. The Gators started the second half by scoring the first 10 points to…

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