Gator News and World Report (2/3/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, February 5, 2006. Brewer works on intangible aspect of injury; Host Gators dominate Indian River CC; Brooks is back on target; Green gets the best of Wildcats guard; Florida continues to master Kentucky; 20/20 Vision For Gators; Victory Is Fitting End To A Full Day Of Frenzy; Healthy Gators rout Wildcats; Gators romp to record-setting win; College Series what it's about for Texas, Florida; Gators Break Cats In Half and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

UF struts before a record crowd
They were all smiles and raised fists and chest-bumps heading into the locker room. In front of a national audience, Florida regained some of its lost swagger, beating former nemesis Kentucky 95-80 before a record 12,606 at the O'Connell Center.

Brewer works on intangible aspect of injury
It was late Tuesday night in Mississippi, a crucial point in a crucial game, when Corey Brewer went flying past an opposing player after the precious object. Balancing on one leg, he made an amazingly acrobatic move to tip a loose ball heading out of bounds to a teammate for an easy basket.

Green gets the best of Wildcats guard
Rajon Rondo was knocked down three times Saturday night. Each time Rondo was blindsided by a screen on the open floor. Each knockdown was hard. And each time Rondo's man - Florida's Taurean Green - broke free.

No. 8 Florida 95, Kentucky 80
Taurean Green and Joakim Noah gave No. 8 Florida a rare streak against Kentucky.

Florida continues to master Kentucky
Sophomore point guard Taurean Green scored a career-high 29 points and sophomore forward Joakim Noah added a career-high 26 to lead eighth-ranked Florida to a 95-80 victory over Kentucky in front of an O'Connell Center record 12,609. It is the second-most points the Gators have scored against the Wildcats, trailing only the 96 they scored in a 18-point win on Jan. 13, 1968.

20/20 Vision For Gators
During a relatively quiet moment early in Saturday's second half, University of Florida forward Joakim Noah walked toward the Rowdy Reptiles student section and pounded his heart five times.

Victory Is Fitting End To A Full Day Of Frenzy
Before tip-off Saturday night, the Florida Gators already were trying to come from behind. One key player, Corey Brewer, was nursing a 2-week-old ankle injury that won't go away. He started.

Gators throttle visiting Wildcats
Taurean Green nodded his head toward his teammates on the court, then took the ball from the official. From the foul line, Joakim Noah charged toward the basket then leaped, meeting Green's inbounds lob pass as it floated past the rim

Healthy Gators rout Wildcats
Taurean Green and Joakim Noah provided a 1-2 punch for the Gators, who beat the Wildcats for the third time in a row and sent UF into second place in the SEC.

Gators romp to record-setting win
The Florida Gators made history — twice — and a key move in the conference race at the expense of their SEC nemesis Kentucky Wildcats.

Kentucky hoped to make a statement at No. 8 Florida last night. That intended statement: Forget our stumbles earlier this season, we're back. For a half, that message rang true. But in the second half, the UK message changed to: We're back ... to the drawing board.

Shared love of Simon pays off for Donovan
Blame Carly Simon. According to Basketball Times, back in his brief stint as a New York Knick, Billy Donovan used to sit in the back of the team bus with teammate Sidney Green. While the other Knicks listened to their rap music, Donovan and Green would take in the sweet sounds of Ms. Simon.

Florida Gator Swimming & Diving

Host Gators dominate Indian River CC
The Florida women's swimming and diving team moved to 11-2 (5-2) with a 159-106 victory over Indian River Community College Saturday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium. The Gators swept the top three spots in seven of the first 10 events before swimming the final five as exhibition races.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Brooks is back on target
The shots had stopped falling for Sha Brooks. They had clanged off the back of the rim, the side of the rim and sometimes both. But rarely straight through it.

UK women work to regain winning touch
With a young team, there will be ups and there will be downs. There will be highs and there will be lows. It took exactly a week for Kentucky Coach Mickie DeMoss to experience all of the above.

Florida Gator Baseball

College Series what it's about for Texas, Florida
The Texas Longhorns barely had finished celebrating their sixth College World Series title when they started hearing about their chances for a seventh.

Florida Gator Football

NCAA to take look at 'Noles
Florida State may be facing a secondary NCAA violation -- one that would warrant essentially a slap on the wrist from the governing body -- after Gov. Jeb Bush delivered a favor to university President T.K. Wetherell.

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