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Saturday college sports action features high stakes matchups

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Plenty of Florida college sports is on tap throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Many of the games come with high stakes. The Florida Gators will play in the SEC semi-finals on Saturday against Arkansas. The top-seeded Gators will face the fourth-seeded Razorbacks in the second game of the day in Hoover, Ala. Second seed LSU meets 11th-seeded South Carolina in the first game at 1:00 p.m. Florida reached the semi-finals after an incredible rally against Mississippi State. The Gators trailed…

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FSU-UF rivalry intensifies in yet another sport

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Fans of both the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles are truly passionate about a small handful of sports. Sure, they want to beat the other when they play each other in whatever sport, but the mutual intensity is reserved for football, baseball, basketball or all three. For example, grief counselors are not required if the golf team comes up short or a gymnast falls off the uneven bars leading to the loss of a gymnastics meet. The same has…

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FSU no match for Xavier’s excellence

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Florida State’s outstanding season is over. It didn’t just end, it came crashing down with a thud on Saturday. The Xavier Musketeers, losers of 13 games this season, bludgeoned the Seminoles 91-66 in the NCAA Tournament second round at the Amway Center in Orlando. Those who might not have seen the game might make the assumption that Florida State did not show up to play. That would be an unfair assumption to both Florida State and Xavier. The Musketeers, who…

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Orlando hosts Florida-flavored NCAA Tournament first round

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For NCAA Tournament organizers, their desire to fill seats at the eight first and second round sites, Orlando should be gold for them. With the Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles and Florida Gulf Coast Eagles coming to the Amway Center in Orlando on Thursday, fans of all three teams will not have far to travel. Florida’s other NCAA Tournament is Miami. The eighth-seeded Hurricanes will open play on Friday in Tulsa against the ninth-seeded Michigan State Spartans. The team traveling…

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No. 15 Florida State earns second seed in ACC Tournament

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Florida State’s 66-57 victory over No. 25 Miami on Saturday gives the 15th-ranked Seminoles a double-bye in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament and their first unbeaten home season in 41 years. But coach Leonard Hamilton wasn’t about to get philosophical. “We have to keep things in perspective,” Hamilton said. “We’re not done yet. We have a ways to go. We want to get as much out of this season that we can. Let’s go do some other things that will…

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FSU/UF rise while Miami joins AP Top 25

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Both Florida and Florida State moved up in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Gators earned the 12th position, up from 13th last week, while the Seminoles climbed four spots to claim the No. 15 ranking. Florida moved up despite a loss at No. 9 Kentucky on Saturday. While they played the Wildcats tough in the 76-66 loss on the road, the Gators were impressive in their 81-66 takedown of a good South Carolina team. The Seminoles’ rise…

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Clemson’s 46-point improvement not enough to beat Florida State

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Any team would be pleased to make a 46-point improvement in the span of three weeks. On Saturday, the Clemson Tigers did just that, but still lost to the Florida State Seminoles. Saturday’s 76-74 FSU victory was a far cry from the 109-61 pasting administered on Clemson three weeks ago, on February, but the Seminoles were still able to escape with a vital road win. The victory was only the second win for the Seminoles away from home in their…

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