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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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50 years later, another Lattin poised to make history

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When Oklahoma takes the floor in Saturday’s Final Four against the Villanova Wildcats, most of the talk will be about Sooner superstar Buddy Hield. Not that Hield hasn’t earned the attention. The unanimous All-American from Freeport, Grand Bahamas averages 25.4 points and converts better than 50 percent of his shots from the field. He is also the team’s second-leading rebounder. Oklahoma has a key player that will not travel far to the site of the Final Four, NRG Stadium in…

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Indiana defeats Kentucky in marquee matchup

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Perhaps the most anticipated of Saturday’s March Madness games was a matchup between two heralded programs. Indiana and Kentucky have 13 national titles between them (Kentucky has eight) and their fans intensely dislike each other. It is a true rivalry. Indiana broke away from a 50-50 tie midway through the second half, and then hung on for a 73-67 victory over their rivals from the Bluegrass State, earning a spot in the Sweet 16 for the third time in five…

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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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Someone other than Duke or Kentucky will cut down the nets

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With so many quality teams, there is one thing we know about the championship chase in college basketball. It is apparent the one among as many as 20 teams could walk away from March Madness holding the trophy over their heads. Many of the tradition-filled programs are having typically good seasons, but three of the most dominant programs of the past decade, Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State have encountered recent difficulty and had weaknesses exposed. Duke is 14-4 but stands…

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USF defeats Albany for first victory of the season

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On their fifth try, the South Florida Bulls earned their first victory of the season with a 63-61 victory over the Albany Great Danes before 2,712 at the Sun Dome. It certainly was not easy. The first half was played fairly evenly with Albany holding a brief seven-point lead. The Bulls came back to tie the score at halftime, 33-33. The Great Danes used a 7-0 run midway through the second half to take a 53-45 lead with 10:16 remaining.…

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