Some SEC news, another triple-double?a former Gator and more in our Thursday Sports Update..
** The Florida women’s basketball team is trying to make the NCAA Tournament and it has a chance to pad its credentials today in the SEC Tournament.?? Florida will play Mississippi State, a play in game winner over Missouri yesterday, to try and get itself into the Big Dance.?? UF finished fifth in the SEC regular season with an 8-8 conference record but its RPI is not great.
** Several men’s teams get big wins as they try to make the NCAA Tournament in basketball as well.?? Right now, only Florida and Kentucky seem to be certainly in the field but Arkansas and Tennessee are making cases to get in as the Vols blast Auburn 82-54 and Arkansas rips Ole Miss 110-80.?? Georgia and Missouri also get league wins.
** Former Gator Joakim Noah gets his third triple-double in the last month as the Chicago Bulls beat Detroit 105-94.?? Noah had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
** Dwight Howard heard the jeers from his former fans in Orlando but the Houston Rockets had the last laugh as Howard’s new team beat the Magic 101-89; Howard scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win.
** The so called “slow down” rule that would have given defenses 10 seconds to substitute during college football games was tabled by an NCAA committee that wants to see further discussion and information gathered before possibly sending the proposal to the playing rules oversight panel.
** The Cadillac Championship PGA event begins today at Doral.
** And at the trading deadline in the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning send veteran Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan and other considerations.