Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/17/13
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...
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