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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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As SEC tourney begins, Florida’s road just got tougher

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Once upon a time the Florida Gators were in a strong position to be firmly ensconced in the NCAA Tournament field. After losing six of their final nine games, that is no longer the case. The Gators will need a strong showing in the SEC Tournament that is set to begin on Wednesday evening at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Analysts believe Florida must win at least two games to get into the 68-team field to be announced on…

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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 welcome Vermont on Thanksgiving eve

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After their first loss of the season, the Florida Gators return to action on Wednesday to face the Vermont Catamounts in a non-conference matchup at the O’Connell Center. The Gators came up short Sunday against No. 21 Purdue, 85-70 in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The Catamounts are 2-3 on the season and finished sixth in the same Tip-Off Tournament in which the Gators were runners-up. They are led by sophomore guard Trae Bell-Haynes, who…

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College basketball round-up: No. 1 goes down

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A major upset rocked college basketball on Saturday as top-ranked North Carolina went down to defeat. Florida, Florida State and Central Florida posted victories, while USF is still searching for their first win. Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Florida Gulf Coast all posted victories. Northern Iowa 71, No. 1 North Carolina 67 College basketball will have a new No. 1 team next week following the shocking defeat of top-ranked North Carolina. The Tar Heels were ambushed by the Northern Iowa…

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Huge upset highlights opening night; Gators win, USF falls

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The Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes cruised to opening night wins in college basketball, but a huge upset is making news around the country. Florida overcame Navy’s stubborn defense to post a big win on the road, while Miami rolled over Texas Rio Grande Valley. Western Illinois 69, Wisconsin 67 Wisconsin was the national runner-up in last season’s NCAA tournament, losing a close game to the champion Duke Blue Devils. But on Friday night, the Badgers fell to the Western…

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College basketball begins Friday; Gators introduce new Coach Mike White

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The college basketball season tips off on Friday with several games around the country. Few should see competitive games, but fans of Florida schools are anxious to get their first look at their squads. Florida receives extra attention because new coach Mike White steps in to replace the most successful coach the Gators have ever had. Billy Donovan, who won 653 games and two national championships during his 19 seasons, is now coaching the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. White’s very…

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