Gator News And World Report (3/18/2005)

The Gator News And World Report for Friday, March 18, 2005. The right response; Ohio coach back from Iraq to help; Making stops behind UF's win streak; New Era Dawning; Different mindset for UF; Ready to hit the SEC road; 2000 team had right stuff to make NCAA final game; 'Tougher' Gators ready for opener; South Florida ousts UF with strong finish; Changes obvious in Meyer debut; UF's Meyer Debuts New Style For Spring; Florida primed and ready and more..

Florida Gator Basketball

Ohio coach back from Iraq to help
The convoy was stuck in an Iraqi desert and the trip back to base would have to wait until morning. Kevin Kuwik knew This meant two things, two bad things.

Making stops behind UF's win streak
The transformation didn't come quickly. Through the September practices, the November tuneups and the disappointments against Miami and Louisville in early December, Florida remained a team in search of an identity.

Different mindset for UF
This postseason is supposed to be different. Already, No. 16 Florida (23-7) has accomplished what no team has done in school history by winning a Southeastern Conference Tournament.

2000 team had right stuff to make NCAA final game
Former Florida forward Mike Miller won't get a chance to see the Gators play this weekend in his new home state.

'Tougher' Gators ready for opener
UF hopes to add to reputation when it meets Ohio in first round today.

Ohio assistant takes leave from Iraq to help
Ohio assistant basketball coach Kevin Kuwik still helps out with game plans and strategies, only these are a bit more important than trying to stop Marshall's offense.

UF Gets Defensive About Its Struggles
Taurean Green didn't know about the days University of Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan spent sequestered at his beach house last March, avoiding the NCAA Tournament and blaming himself for his team's early exit.

No. 13 Ohio vs. No. 4 Florida
TIP-OFF: 12:25 p.m.; Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Florida primed and ready
The confident Gators are determined not to repeat their past tournament failures.

Back from Iraq, aide inspires Ohio
Florida is favored in today's game against Ohio in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But the Bobcats have something aside from skill working on their side.

A score to settle
The Gators will do anything they can to avoid a repeat of last year's first-round loss, and today's opponent -- Ohio U. -- is fully aware.

Billy the Kid grows up
He's pushing 40 years old — the milestone date is a little more than two months away — so there's that as a chronological marker.

Ohio to use old recipe vs. UF
As a No. 13 seed playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years, Ohio University doesn't plan to change anything now.

Corey Brewer averaged 29 points in high school, but is the defensive stopper for the Gators.

Syracuse Regional
Florida vs. Ohio, 12:25: The Gators won the SEC Tournament but have had their share of NCAA flops. Last season in the first round, Manhattan, with a much smaller lineup, handled the fifth-seeded Gators on the boards and won by 15 points. Ohio will be just as pesky and has four players averaging in double figures. The Bobcats have won eight of their last nine.

Ohio out to show it's more than sparring partner
It wouldn't surprise Ohio University coach Tim O'Shea to hear that assistant Kevin Kuwik practiced his public speaking in the wee hours last night in front of a full-length mirror.

Gators' Walsh plays tough brand of ball
Matt Walsh walked out onto the North Philly streets and turned to his father with a simple question.

Gators not taking any team lightly
It was pointed out during Florida's interview session Thursday that Alabama had just lost to Wisconsin-Milwaukee and head coach Billy Donovan was asked if that had caught his attention.

This season, Gator stars receive help
Moments after his Kentucky Wildcats were defeated by Florida for the second straight Sunday, Tubby Smith was asked why the Gators are so much better this season than last.

Gators, Donavan teeter on edge of losing legacy
The trip was smooth. The itinerary was well-planned. The arena doors opened, and the Gators walked in right on time.

Gators put on dancing shoes
Anthony Roberson needs no reminder. A year ago, the Florida guard came into the NCAA Tournament confident big things were about to happen for the Gators. A couple of hours after taking the floor for his opening game, he sat in a locker room in Raleigh, N.C., with a towel on his head looking at a wall in shock.

Florida Gator Football

The right response
From their very first meeting with Urban Meyer back in January, the Florida football players have been listening to their new coach, nodding that they understand and pretty much doing everything they've been asked to do.

New era dawning
The nickname was the first thing to go. Then the hat. Then the man himself.

Charles is handed summer suspension
Suspended Florida linebacker Taurean Charles made an appearance Thursday at UF's first spring practice, which was open to the public. He watched practice from the sideline.

Changes obvious in Meyer debut
On Urban Meyer's first spring practice with the Florida football team, there were already noticeable differences from the Ron Zook era.

UF's Meyer Debuts New Style For Spring
On Urban Meyer's first spring practice with the Florida football team, there were many noticeable differences from the Ron Zook era.

Meyer: Offense will take time to build
New Florida football coach Urban Meyer conducted his first spring practice in the rain Thursday, and then issued a word of caution to the fans.

SEC's instant replay doesn't go far enough
The announcement last week that the SEC will use instant replay during football games was a welcome relief for those who have followed SEC football for years.

Florida Gator Baseball

Ready to hit the SEC road
Here it is, a month and a half into the season and the Florida Gators have yet to pack a bag or board a bus. They have yet to check into a hotel or sit in a cramped visitors dugout.

Florida's Horne familiar with SEC
A new set of challenges await the UF baseball team. The Gators will not only start their Southeastern Conference season tonight, but they'll also be on the road for the first time all season.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

Home swan songs for Dooley, Szmuch
Erinn Dooley and Orley Szmuch have been the backbone of Florida's gymnastics program since Rhonda Faehn arrived at Florida three seasons ago. As Faehn guided the Gators to new heights with a very young team, Szmuch, a four-time All-American, and Dooley, a six time All-American, have provided stability and leadership along the way.

Orien Greene

Ex-Gator back in tourney
It's his fourth NCAA Tournament, so you would think they would know how to pronounce his name.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

South Florida ousts UF with strong finish
The postseason ended quickly for the University of Florida women's basketball team on Thursday night.

South Florida stops Gators
Anedra Gilmore hit a pair of free throws with 6.3 seconds left to seal South Florida's 61-56 win against Florida in the first round of the women's National Invitation Tournament on Thursday night in Tampa.

Women's basketball finished
Turn out the lights. The party is over. The UF women's basketball team was defeated by South Florida 61-56 in the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament Thursday night.

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