Florida closed the Southeastern Conference tournament by continuing its season-long trend of coming up short in close games.
The 13th-ranked Gators can only hope it isn't a sign of things to come.
Florida led by as many as 14 points and was up 12 at halftime Sunday before Mississippi rallied for a 66-63 victory to win its first SEC tournament title since 1981.
Florida (26-7) entered the day leading the nation in scoring margin, but the Gators now head into the NCAA tournament with an 0-6 record in games decided by six points or fewer. All their wins have featured double-digit margins.
Gators coach Billy Donovan said he wasn't concerned about his team's confidence in these types of down-to-the-wire situations.
''What happens sometimes is people try to create drama around a situation that's not necessarily true,'' Donovan said.
Donovan said Florida's problem Sunday wasn't execution in the closing minutes when the Gators nearly worked their way back from a six-point deficit. He i...