Posted March 02, 2013 on
Given the landscape of SEC basketball in 2013, only the Florida Gators – with their normal eight-man rotation back in action – can be viewed as a particularly dependable team within the conference. If Vanderbilt can get a first-round bye in the 2013 SEC Tournament, it could definitely make some noise. That goal - an opening-round bye - is now more attainable than ever before.
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With Saturday’s 64-52 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Florida Gators finished their second consecutive 1-1 week. The Gators entered the previous 1-1 week at No. 5 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. One win and one loss later and Florida fell to No. 8 and No. 6. This week was similar–unranked loss, followed by an unranked win. Will the Gators suffer...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Early in the game as he sat on the bench waiting for his first chance to get on the floor, there was something evident to Casey Prather.
Prather said he turned to fellow reserve Will Yeguete and the two discussed how their teammates needed an energy boost.
And no, they were not talking about a Red Bull.
"We looked a little dead offensively and defensively...
The Gators were searching for a big hit throughout their six-game losing streak. On Saturday night, they got it from the player that needed it the most. Sophomore catcher Taylor Gushue has been slumping early this season, but his two-run single in the eighth inning put Florida ahead for good. The Gators secured a 6-4 win on Saturday night to end the losing streak and even the series with Miami.
The Gators know the big hit is coming. They just don’t know when. In a season that has already produced multiple different struggles for Florida over the first 10 games, stranding runners decided Friday night’s series opener with Miami. The Gators had 15 base runners and left nine runners on base while scoring just two runs, as the Hurricanes took the series opener 3-2 at McKethan Stadium.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida coach Billy Donovan is cautiously optimistic about his team's health.
Forward Will Yeguete and guard Michael Frazier II were cleared to practice and play Thursday, giving Donovan a full complement of players heading into Saturday's game against Alabama.
It's the first time in three weeks the eighth-ranked Gators (22-5, 12-3 Southeastern...
Certainly Florida has had its reasons for not exactly bringing their A-game to the opponent in the last two road contests. The Gators stand at 22-5 on the year, but have lost two out of the last three and both on the road. More than anything, Billy Donovan has been missing a full complement of his roster. That seems to be changing for the better.
South Carolina has always produced a high quality of high school football players over the years and the Florida Gators and the rest of the college football world have taken notice. The Gators have set their sights on a 2015 defensive end prospect from Orangeburg (SC) Orangeburg Wilkinson Senior High School.
The Gators have heard plenty about their struggles to close games this season. It was evident as they answered questions on Saturday about finally securing a win. The 12-point win might not have seemed like a close win that Florida needed, but there’s no doubt that it was. The Gators took Alabama’s best shot early in the second half but still managed to come back and close out the game.
He’s missed six full games plus all but one minute of a seventh and he is very happy to get back on the court. Still, Florida junior forward Will Yeguete knows he can’t rush things. He has to take playing time as it comes and feels comfortable and the worst thing he can do is rush back to the court and have a setback because of it.
At least once a game, Casey Prather reminds the crowd of what he can be. The junior forward is starting to harness and show that athleticism more consistently. It used to flash every once in a while during practice or in the few minutes Prather was able to play, but now healthy and understanding his role off the bench, he is giving the Gators what they need — energy and athleticism.
The record against the Tennessee Vols over the last several years has been abysmal for the Florida basketball team. A loss on Tuesday didn’t help anything and created a tighter race for the finish to be the top team in the SEC. The Gators are just now starting to get healthy and ready to put that game behind them.
The Gators had Will Yeguete and Michael Frazier II back Saturday when they welcomed Alabama, but the game revealed those guys are still on the journey to thriving on the court. Florida took the victory 64-52 over the Crimson Tide, but they struggled to make things happen for much of the game.