Posted March 16, 2013 on
The Florida Gators had the first of two open practices and FightinGators.com was there to cover it for you. Thanks to photographer Todd Caldwell for giving us these and more pics to come from yesterday's action.
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After falling to the Ole Miss Rebels in the finals of the SEC Tournament, the Florida Gators took a small tumble when it came to NCAA Tournament seeding. Thought by many to be a 2-seed if the Gators had won their conference championship, the loss pushed Florida all the way down to…wait for it…3-seed status.
The Gators are the 3-seed in the South Region and will face the 14-seed...
The Gators know their path through the NCAA Tournament. Florida earned a No. 3 seed and will open its tournament run on Friday in Austin against Northwestern State. There are plenty of big name programs that the Gators could face through the rest of the bracket.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Florida had good looks at the basket, but the shots didn't fall. There is no riddle or mystery to be solved when dissecting the final outcome. Those past late-game failures played no role Sunday and they won't in the future.
That was the predominant theme inside the Gators' locker room following Sunday's 66-63 loss to Ole Miss in the SEC tournament...
Florida Gators cheerleaders send the men's basketball team off to the SEC Basketball Tournament Championship game in Nashville style.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Florida knows it's in the NCAA Tournament.
Ole Miss thinks it is, but wants to make sure.
They'll play here Sunday at noon in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game. To the victor goes the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament field of 68.
That would come as a relief to Ole Miss (25-8), which entered SEC tourney play firmly...
Florida cruised through the first half. The Gators took a double-digit lead just seven minutes into the game and pushed the lead to 12 points at halftime. That’s when the struggles came. Ole Miss outscored Florida 40-25 in the second half as Murphy Holloway and Marshall Henderson led a comeback to give the Rebels a 66-63 win in the Southeastern Conference tournament title game.
Florida was ready to get back on the court after losing their regular season finale to Kentucky. The Gators got back to their winning ways in the Quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.
The Florida Gators got things startd pretty early on Friday against LSU and coasted to an easy win over the Bengal Tigers to a tune of 80-58. Erik Murphy put on a show for the Gators, but the entire squad looked good for the most part. Here is a pictorial account of the game.
Kenny Boynton and the Gators needed this. The senior guard’s shot has been inconsistent throughout his final year at Florida, and it looked like that trend was going to continue on Saturday -- until the second half. Boynton was held scoreless in the first half and scored all of his team-high 16 points in the second half, pushing Florida into the SEC Tournament final with a 61-51...
The Florida offense looked to be passing the ball a little deeper than usual and testing the defense. Quarterback Jeff Driskel looked great for most of the day minus a couple of errant throws. Almost every one of Florida's receivers made a standout play. Safety Jabari Gorman was the best player on defense on Friday. We caught a lot of it here in this short video segment from practice.
Florida head coach Billy Donovan challenged his team to respond. They closed the Southeastern Conference regular season with a loss at Kentucky, and Donovan wanted his team to get back to the level of play it was at early in conference play. Friday afternoon was a positive step in that direction. No. 13 Florida secured a blowout 80-58 win over LSU to advance to the tournament semifinals.