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Gators, Seminoles to face teams seeking revenge for earlier blowouts

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The Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball teams face somewhat similar challenges on Saturday. Both will be on the road to face teams they hammered at home just a few weeks ago. Let’s be honest; the 13th-ranked Gators have the more difficult task, but the way FSU has played on the road over the last month, they will have their hands full as well. Florida heads to Lexington, Ky. for a 2:00 p.m. tipoff to face a Wildcat…

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University of Florida to sell alcohol at football, men’s basketball games

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Florida is the latest school to start selling alcohol at sporting events. The University Athletic Association announced Wednesday it will offer beer and wine sales in premium seating at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and at men’s basketball games in the O’Connell Center beginning this fall. Like most programs around the country, the Gators are looking to improve game-day experience in hopes of boosting ticket sales and create a new revenue stream at a time when costs are on the rise…

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Dwayne Bacon’s game winner elevates national profile

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Going into Tuesday night’s game with Florida in Gainesville, FSU Coach Leonard Hamilton stressed that the game was more than a rivalry game. He thought the game’s importance could be measured later in the season. “Even though it’s a rivalry game, there are more ramifications that are greater than the rivalry,” he said on Monday. He was talking about playing an ACC-type of team on the road, where a victory would produce invaluable experience and confidence heading into conference play.…

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