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Despite loss to Wildcats, Gators still can win SEC Tournament

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Although the Florida Gators lost to the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington on Saturday, they still have a good opportunity to gain the automatic NCAA Tournament bid in two weeks. Kentucky overcame a 12-point first half deficit to beat Florida, 76-66, snapping the Gators’ nine-game winning streak. Florida’s defense is often good enough to get them a victory when they shoot poorly, but not on Saturday. Very few come into Rupp Arena and leave with a win, especially those who can…

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Florida State tries to stay in hunt to host regional

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As college baseball’s regular season winds to a close this weekend, the state of Florida will play host to two important series beginning Thursday. Four of the nation’s top 12 teams will meet in a pair of three-game series. Third-ranked Miami is in Tallahassee to take on No. 12 Florida State while top-ranked Florida hosts No. 8 LSU. Florida State carries the greatest risk of harm based upon their success, or lack thereof, this weekend. The possibility actually exists that…

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Conference tournament round up: UConn, UK, MSU take titles

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SEC: Kentucky 82, Texas A&M 77 OT On Sunday the Kentucky Wildcats were playing for their 29th SEC championship. The Texas A&M Aggies were playing for their first. The Aggies must wait at least another year to claim their first tournament title because Kentucky took an 82-77 victory in overtime in Nashville, Tennessee. After scoring a career-high 30 points, Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Kentucky trailed by four at halftime, but Ulis and backcourt…

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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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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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Kentucky puts big hurt on Gators’ NCAA hopes

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Ten days ago, the Florida Gators seemed destined to hear their name called on Selection Sunday. A spot in the Big Dance seemed safe despite nine losses because of some quality wins and the strength of their schedule. After Monday’s 88-79 loss to No. 22 Kentucky, their fourth straight, the Gators need to make a good run in the SEC tournament to get back in the running. They must also hope no surprise team wins a conference tournament, taking a…

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