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The Bull Gator:
There are big wins. There are convincing wins. And then there are downright beat downs behind the woodshed. The top-seeded Florida Gators showed little mercy on Friday defeating the LSU Tigers 80-58 in the orange and blue’s opening 2013 SEC Tournament game. The Gators advanced to the conference tourney semifinalists with the victory.
The win was the 25th win of the season for Florida. It is the third-straight season with 25 or more victories for the Gators and the eighth overall for head coach Billy Donovan. Donovan has been adding to his victory total for many years at Florida and we hope he continues to do so for many more to come.
Senior forward Erik Murphy was the Gators star in the win. Murphy had a career-high 27 points and completed his third double-double by adding 12 rebounds. The senior started hot and never cooled down. Murphy shot 11-for-15 from the field and made five of his seven three-point attempts. Over the course of his senior season–and it was no different on Fri...
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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...
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.
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.
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...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Erik Murphy had a big grin on his face and a guitar in his hands late Friday afternoon as he participated in a promotional video shoot with teammate Patric Young.
Murphy and Young were still sweaty and in their uniforms as they goofed around in the fog from a smoke machine shortly after Florida's 80-58 win over LSU in an SEC quarterfinal.
The Florida Gators propelled to comfortable 4-1 win in Friday's conference opener against the Kentucky Wildcats. Starting pitcher Jay Carmichael, second baseman/ Friday's home run hitter Josh Tobias and coach Kevin O'Sullivan discuss the nab of the first game of the SEC series.
Erik Murphy scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds to help the 13th-ranked Florida Gators take the first step Friday toward trying to add a Southeastern Conference tournament title to their regular season championship by beating LSU 80-58.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive presented Florida coach Billy Donovan with the regular season trophy before tipoff...
Game time: 1 p.m.
Florida coach Billy Donovan has noticed something missing from his team the last three weeks.
Ball security? Sure. Rebounding? Absolutely. Clutch shots in close games? Well, that, too.
Those tangible miscues are correctable, but Donovan says he's more concerned about one intangible missing element.
"I'm more looking at the whole body of...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Erik Murphy scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds to help the 13th-ranked Florida Gators take the first step Friday toward trying to add a Southeastern Conference tournament title to their regular season championship by beating LSU 80-58.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive presented Florida coach Billy Donovan with the regular season...
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.
Game time: 1 p.m.
After watching Florida stumble down the stretch, Billy Donovan challenged his team to come out with more intensity in the SEC tournament.
The conference's top-seeded squad responded with its best performance in a month.
The 13th-ranked Gators look to build on an impressive showing and take a step closer to adding a tournament title to their regular...
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.
The Florida Gators (26-6) advanced to the final of the SEC basketball tournament today by beating the Alabama Crimson Tide (21-12), 61-51.