Gator News and World Report (12/23/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, December 23, 2005. Magnificent 11; Gators stretch record start; A Slamming Success; Gators douse 'Canes' fire; Gators rely on famous names; Fast finish, great start; Gators run by 'Canes and more...

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Magnificent 11
Down the stretch, Florida coach Billy Donovan asked his weary team if they wanted to pack in a zone or play man-to-man defense.

No. 5 Florida 77, Miami 67
Joakim Noah had 18 points and six blocked shots and No. 5 Florida beat Miami 77-67 on Thursday night to improve to 11-0 and set a school record for consecutive wins to open a season.

Gators stretch record start
Trailing by three points with time running out in the first half, Florida's Corey Brewer launched a desperation 3-pointer and was fouled on the shot.

A Slamming Success
A few feet away from the inside anchor of the best team in University of Florida history stood the most dynamic player on a Gators team that seems to make history on a nightly basis.

Gators douse 'Canes' fire
Back and forth went Florida and Miami, taking turns taking control of a Thursday night tug of war at the BankUnited Center.

Close game, but fan support is miles apart
What a game this was. What a moment this could have been. This could have been a night recalled years from now every time someone discusses when college basketball began to matter in South Florida. Instead, it showed what the University of Miami men's program isn't yet, as a team or a local sports presence.

Gators rely on famous names
Joakim Noah shined with his Hall of Fame father in the stands, and Al Horford reveled that UF improved to 11-0.

Fast finish, great start
Expectations had never been lower for a Billy Donovan-coach University of Florida team than they were this season, which the Gators began unranked.

Gators run by 'Canes
Only in South Florida can the Florida Gators come into an opponent's arena and turn it into a home game. On Thursday night, Gator fans too over the sold-out BankUnited Center during Florida's 77-67 victory over the Hurricanes

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Hawkeyes prep for familiar Gators
The Iowa Hawkeyes have been down this road before. For the second time in three years, the team is preparing for an Outback Bowl showdown with the Florida Gators.

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