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Florida Women’s Hoops In SEC Tournament Play Tonight

By on March 4th, 2015

The Florida women’s basketball team opens up its play in the SEC Tournament tonight with a game against Auburn.

Florida is the 12 seed in the tournament while Auburn is the 13 seed.   The Gators come in at 13-16 overall while Auburn is 12-17 overall.

Florida had just five SEC wins this year (Auburn only had three) but one of the Gator wins was against Auburn 63-50 at Auburn back in January.   Florida has also beaten Auburn five straight times.

Under head coach Amanda Butler, Florida is 5-7 in the SEC Tournament.

Auburn is arguably playing its best basketball now after starting the SEC season 0-13.   The Tigers have won their last three league games, beating Georgia, Vanderbilt and Alabama to ride some momentum going into the postseason.

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Gator Men’s Hoops Holds Off Aggies For Senior Day Win

By on March 4th, 2015

The Florida men’s basketball team edges Texas A&M 66-62 in its final regular season home game of the year on Tuesday night.

It’s a win, but it wasn’t always pretty.

With 1:58 to play, the Gators held a comfortable 58-45 lead.

Then the Aggies started playing “Hack-A-Gator,” continually fouling Florida on the in-bounds play for the remainder of the game.

Like it has all season, Florida struggled to hit free throws down the stretch, converting only 8-0f-18 from the charity stripe inside the last two minutes of the game.

Freshman point guard Chris Chiozza showed the most struggle, hitting only 4-of-12 free throw attempts in the game, missing five straight at one point in the game’s waning minutes.

“The second half in particular has been a real microcosm of our team mentally,” said Florida head coach Billy Donovan. “We’re not a mentally strong team… at the end of the game, you can’t just take two point guards off the floor from a ball handling stand point so at some point, those guys got to make free throws.”

The Gators struggled collectively at the line, going 20-for-38 (52.6%) on the night. The team has shot just 63% from the line in conference play heading into its final game of the season on Saturday.

“It’s part of the game, it’s part of their growth, it’s part of their development, it’s part of being tough minded and developing that,” said Donovan. “Me rescuing them and taking them off the floor is not helping them in some ways.”

The Gators were able to generate a balanced offensive attack with Dorian Finney-Smith (12 points), Eli Carter (11 points), Devin Robinson (10 points), and Alex Murphy (9 points).

Perhaps more importantly, Florida was able to hold Texas A&M leading scorer Daniel House to 0 points (0-for 10 shooting). It’s the first time House has failed to record a point in his three-year career.

The Aggies were led by Alex Caruso, who dropped 20 points.

“This was a game where we really, I felt like, did a terrific job sustaining defensive intensity the whole entire time,” said Donovan.

Tuesday also marked the final home games for seniors Jacob Kurtz and Lexx Edwards.

Kurtz had two points and two assists in only 10 minutes. He had to leave the game after getting poked in the eye in the first half.

Up next, the Gators (15-15, 8-9) have an opportunity to end their regular season with a bang. They travel to Rupp Arena to take on the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats (30-0, 17-0) on Saturday.

To listen to audio from the story, click below:

Donovan on the team’s lack of mental toughness

Donovan says he was proud of their defensive intensity

Donovan says the team needs to fight through free throw struggles

 

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Gator Baseball Loses At UCF 4-3; Teams Play Again Tonight

By on March 4th, 2015

The Florida baseball team is now 10-2 on the season after losing at UCF 4-3 Tuesday night in Orlando.   The teams will meet again tonight in Gainesville.

In this match up of two ranked teams, UCF got on the board first against Gator starter and loser Bobby Poyner (0-1) in the fourth inning.   Dylan Moore was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on an error by UF first baseman AJ Puk when he could not handle a pickoff throw by Poyner.  Erik Barber singled home Moore and after a Barber stolen base, he was singled home by third baseman Tommy Williams.

Florida got a run back in the fifth on an RBI ground out by Josh Tobias but the Knights made the score 4-1 in the sixth as Williams drove in two with a double.

The Gators made it 4-3 in the seventh.   After catcher Mike Rivera and pinch hitter Ryan Larson got on via singles, they were driven home by a two run double by Dalton Guthrie.

Florida blew a great chance to score runs in the eighth as Richie Martin and Harrison Bader both walked with no one out.   However, JJ Schwarz tried a slash play and hit into a double play and John Sternagel flied out to end the threat.

The two teams play again today in Gainesville at 7pm.

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Wednesday Sports Update (3/4)

By on March 4th, 2015

Gator men’s basketball gets a big win, women’s basketball is at the SEC Tournament, Gator baseball takes a loss and more in our Wednesday Sports Update…

** The Florida men’s basketball team returns to .500 at 15-15 after beating Texas A&M 66-62 last night in Gainesville; up next, a trip to top ranked Kentucky this weekend.

** The Florida women’s basketball team opens play in the SEC Tournament tonight with a game against Auburn.

** The Florida baseball team is now 10-2 after losing at UCF last night 4-3.  The same two teams play tonight in Gainesville.

** Gator lacrosse gets a big win over Johns Hopkins Tuesday 11-8 and senior Shannon Gilroy scores two goals to become Florida’s all time leading scorer.

** The Florida softball team returns to action today with a game at Long Beach State.   The 21-0 Gators will stay out west to play in a tournament starting tomorrow.

** In other SEC men’s hoops action, Kentucky remains unbeaten with a 72-64 road win at Georgia.   Missouri upsets Auburn 63-61 and Ole Miss knocks off Alabama 82-74.   More league games to be played tonight.

** In the NBA, the Denver Nuggets fire coach Brian Shaw after going 20-39 so far this season; he was in his second season as the team’s head coach.

** And a reported NFL trade has Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy going to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso.

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Gator Men’s Hoops Hosts Texas A&M Tonight

By on March 3rd, 2015

The Florida men’s basketball team plays its final regular season home game tonight when it hosts Texas A&M.

Florida (14-15, 7-9 SEC) desperately needs to win this game to have any realistic shot at making a postseason tournament.   The Gators close the regular season at unbeaten Kentucky.

Texas A&M (20-8, 11-5 SEC) is trying to pad its credentials to get an NCAA Tournament bid.   The Aggies defeated Florida 63-62  earlier this season in College Station.

Florida coach Billy Donovan says guard Michael Frazier II will probably still not play as he tries to recover from an ankle injury.

Coach Billy Kennedy’s Aggies are led by junior guard Daniel House who averages 15 points a game but in the game earlier this year it was 6’9″ forward Kourtney Roberson who had a big game, scoring 20 points.

In the first game between the two teams, guard Eli Carter led Florida with 22 points on 9 of 17 shooting.   Sophomore Chris Walker also had a solid game, going 5 for 5 from the field with 11 points.   However, Florida only took seven free throws in the game (going 4 of 7) and shot just 6 of 26 from beyond the arc.

The Aggies and Gators are the two worst free throw shooting teams in the league but in the first meeting, A&M hit 11 of 13 from the stripe.

You can catch the game live on Country 103-7 The Gator starting at 8:25 pm.

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Gator Baseball At UCF Tonight To Start Home And Home Series

By on March 3rd, 2015

The 10-1 Gator baseball team will begin a home and home series tonight on the road against the UCF Golden Knights.   You can hear live coverage of the game on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 6:25 pm.

UCF is also 10-1 on the season and it already has four wins against ranked teams this season.   Both teams are ranked in every major poll as well.

On the mound Florida senior lefty Bobby Poyner will make his first start of the season after performing well out of the bullpen; he’ll be opposed by freshman righty Kyle Marsh.

In their only meeting last year, Florida downed UCF 5-1 and the Gators have won 9 of the last 13 meetings with the Knights.

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Tuesday Sports Update (3/3)

By on March 3rd, 2015

Gator hoops and baseball in action, NBA, the SEC Commissioner speaks and more in our Tuesday Sports Update…

** The Gator men’s basketball team plays its final regular season home game tonight against Texas A&M.   Florida is currently 14-15 overall and 7-9 in league play while the Aggies are 20-8 and 11-5 in the SEC.

** In other SEC men’s hoops action tonight, Georgia hosts unbeaten Kentucky, OIe Miss at Alabama, and Auburn at Missouri.

** The 10-1 Gator baseball starts a home and home series tonight with UCF in Orlando.   The Golden Knights are ranked and also 10-1 on the year.

** There has been talk of making freshmen ineligible to help with their academics but SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement it might be best to wait until 2016 when new  initial eligibility rules go into effect to even discuss the issue.

** In the NBA, Miami downs Phoenix 115-98.

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Monday Sports Update (3/2)

By on March 2nd, 2015

The month of March brings us a lot of Gator sports, NASCAR, NBA and more in our Monday Sports Update…

** The Florida baseball team is now 10-1 after a weekend sweep of Stony Brook at home; UF won 6-2 Sunday and will now play at UCF Tuesday.

** The Florida women’s basketball team ends its regular season with a 52-45 home loss to Georgia Sunday.   Next is the SEC Tournament where the Gators (13-16, 5-11 SEC) are a 12 seed and they will face 11 seed Auburn Wednesday at 7 pm in Little Rock, Arkansas.

** The Florida women’s tennis team is now 10-1 and 2-0 in the SEC after beating Auburn 5-0 Sunday.  Next match is at LSU this weekend.

** Jimmie Johnson wins the NASCAR race in Atlanta.  Kevin Harvick was second and Dale Earnhardt Jr. third.

** In the NBA, Orlando loses 98-83 to Charlotte as their record falls to 19-42 on the season.  Miami hosts Phoenix tonight.

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Gator Softball Dominates Shortened Tournament

By on March 2nd, 2015

The San Diego Classic college softball tournament was cut short on Sunday due to inclement weather, preventing the top ranked Florida Gator softball team from facing San Diego State. The Gators did compete in four other games over the weekend, winning all of them by a combined score of 26-1. Florida defeated Oregon 3-0, Cal Poly 6-1, UC Davis 9-0, and San Diego 8-0.

Florida is now 21-0 on the season.

Some notable performances over the weekend include Delanie Gourley’s complete game shutout against the second ranked Oregon Ducks. The sophomore pitcher only allowed four base runners and struck out eight.

Third baseman Taylore Fuller homered twice and drove in five against Cal Poly. She is now tied for second on the team in home runs (5) and runs batted in (18), both behind senior Lauren Haeger.

Freshman Nicole DeWitt only had one hit versus UC Davis, but it was a bases-clearing double that stapled the victory for the Gators.

Pitcher Aleshia Ocasio had herself another complete game shutout, this time against San Diego. The freshman has completed every game she has started, a feat no other pitcher on the roster could exact.

Florida will be back in action against Long Beach State on Wednesday.

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Gator Baseball Wins, Gator Track Adds Another SEC Title

By on March 1st, 2015

Add another SEC championship for the Gator track program.

The Gator men bring home an SEC Indoor Track championship after the competition ended on Saturday.  The Gator women finished second.

In other Gator sports…

** Gator baseball rips Stony Brook 12-3 Saturday to improve to 9-1 on the year; Florida goes for a series sweep today.

** Gator lacrosse beats Dartmouth 18-10 to run its record to 4-1; the Gator will host Loyola Tuesday.

** Gator softball is now 21-0 after beating San Diego 8-0 and UC Davis 9-0 in a tournament in California.   Florida plays San Diego State today.

** Florida women’s basketball ends its regular season today with a home game against Georgia.

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