Gator News And World Report (12/12/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, December 12, 2004. Another Florida loss, another reason for hope; Shot down and out; Gators sharing the spotlight; Sloppy Execution Dooms Gators Late; Cardinals stymie Gators and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Another Florida loss, another reason for hope
It was the same and different all at once. A week after losing at home to Miami, the O'Dome was silent at the end of another game except for the shuffling of sneakers off to a losing locker room.

Shot down and out
It was a questionable shot, in an unlikely circumstance. If it went in, Florida senior forward David Lee's first career 3-pointer would have been hailed Saturday as the shot heard 'round Gainesville. But the ball didn't even graze the rim. And for the second straight Saturday, Florida let a home game get away that it could have won down the stretch.

UL's momentum unquestioned
Winning in another team's house takes talent, patience and perseverance. And the ability to come up with answers.

Louisville too fast for Gators
Miami exposed Florida's weakness last weekend. Louisville exploited it on Saturday. The Gators have trouble guarding quick, athletic players, especially on the perimeter, and the No.13 Cardinals turned that flaw into a 74-70 victory in front of 11,017 at the O'Connell Center.

Sloppy Execution Dooms Gators Late
Go ahead. Blame David Lee. Why not blast the University of Florida senior forward for hoisting a 3-pointer with 20.5 seconds remaining Saturday in spite of his 0-for-career long-range percentage?

Cardinals stymie Gators
When Florida forward David Lee hurled up an unexpected 3-point shot with 20 seconds remaining Saturday, the result couldn't have defined this afternoon any better.

Vitale expects SEC to awaken
ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale is not ready to declare the Southeastern Conference is due for a down year.

Florida's rallies come up short against Louisville
With the game on the line and a victory within their grasp, the Gators self-destructed down the stretch, ruining a rally and a chance to knock off No.13 Louisville on Saturday afternoon.

Florida Gator Football

Notre Dame prospects wavering amid coaching turmoil
If Charlie Weis remains New England's offensive coordinator through the end of the season before taking over as Notre Dame's head coach, the Irish could lose many of their top recruits.

First impression of Meyer: A classy winner
He's my ninth Florida Gators football coach, dating to 1958 when, as a teenage correspondent, I wrote about Bob Woodruff for my hometown Jacksonville newspaper.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators sharing the spotlight
Before the season, Florida coach Carolyn Peck was asked who would replace departing senior Vanessa Hayden as the Gators' floor leader. Peck's answer was that the duty would be shared by a host of players.

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