Posted March 04, 2013 on
The process of being completely healthy might’ve looked like it ended for No. 11 Florida on Saturday when the Gators had all their players available, but head coach Billy Donovan knows that isn’t the case. Michael Frazier (concussion) and Will Yeguete (knee) were both far from normal against Alabama. Donovan tried to get them time on the floor and will continue to do so in the future.
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Florida's Senior Night could end with a net-cutting ceremony.
It would be the ideal home finale for Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario - the team's only seniors and its top three scorers.
Together, they have the 11th-ranked Gators poised to become just the fourth team in school history to clinch the Southeastern Conference title outright.
Florida (23-5, 13-3)...
The No. 11/9 Florida Gators men’s basketball team will play its final home game of the 2012-13 regular season on Wednesday. The Gators will host the Vanderbilt Commodores in a matchup with a number of storylines.
First and foremost, Florida can secure the program’s fourth outright SEC title with a victory over Vandy. Not only will it be the fourth for the program, it will be...
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...
At any other point in his career, Mike Rosario wouldn’t have handled Saturday with the maturity he showed. The redshirt senior was taking bad shots and being careless with the ball against Alabama, so Florida head coach Billy Donovan put him on the bench for the last 12 minutes of the game. Instead of pouting, Rosario spent the rest of the game cheering for his teammates and being positive.
You attempted to guess where the Florida Gators would end up in the latest AP and USA Today Coaches polls and you may have been half right. Or you may have been half wrong. Depending on your general outlook on life. That whole glass half empty, glass half full thing.
My guess was that the Gators would fall into the No. 9 slot in both polls if No. 4 Michigan had defeated No. 9/10...
Base runners weren’t the issue for Florida during its six-game losing streak. The Gators could get men on base, but once that happened, the offense started to slow. It was a major talking point for Kevin O’Sullivan after Florida lost the opener to Miami on Friday. The Gators put together a big inning for the second day in a row Sunday, using it to win 6-3 over the Hurricanes...
It was a typical sloppy midweek game, but the Gators found a way to win. That’s the most important thing for this young Florida team and the reason head coach Kevin O’Sullivan remains optimistic despite his team’s mistakes. The Gators pulled out an 8-5 win at Jacksonville on Tuesday.
The Gators head into the final week of regular season play with a chance to secure the Southeastern Conference regular season title with a win over Vanderbilt or Kentucky. It’s a goal Florida talked about accomplishing on its first day of practice, and now the chance to make it happen comes on Wednesday at 8 p.m. when the Commodores come to Gainesville.
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.
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.
The departure of Caleb Sturgis leaves a big hole to be filled on the Florida special teams unit. The first step to finding his replacement begins on March 13 when the Gators open spring practice. The future kicker will be the focus of the special teams. Florida returns Kyle Christy, one of the top punters in the country, and multiple experienced returners on punts and kickoffs.
Florida is one win away from clinching its fourth outright SEC championship and second in three years.
The Gators can claim the top seed in the conference tournament with a victory in either of their last two games, but they'd certainly prefer to take care of business sooner than later.
Their first chance comes Wednesday night when they go for their 11th win in 12 home meetings...