Gator News and World Report (2/9/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, February 9, 2006. Three-decked; UF can't solve South Carolina; Gators search to find third QB; RPI does not bother Billy D this early; Winning part of formula; Gators set to have Ball as ace of pitching staff; Gators' home streak is over; UF Loses Another Head-Scratcher To Gamecocks; The USC buzz and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Sophomore Florida forward Joakim Noah wore an incredulous look, wondering how the game slipped away.

UF can't solve South Carolina
How Florida's basketball team got to 20-2 and No. 7 in the country was a mystery to a lot of people.

Freshman Sheldon a difference-maker
Bryce Sheldon was warming up for Wednesday night's game against No. 7 Florida in the O'Connell Center when a thought popped into his head.

RPI does not bother Billy D this early
With March approaching, Florida coach Billy Donovan isn't doing much number crunching. At least not yet.Donovan said Monday that he wasn't aware that the NCAA was making its Ratings Percentage Formula public for the first time this season. Florida, ranked No. 7 nationally, is 14th in this week's official RPI, which takes in to account wins and losses based on strength of schedule.

Gators' home streak is over
There weren't any complaints about attitude, hustle or self-evaluation this time. This time, it was just plain old bad perimeter defense that did in seventh-ranked Florida

UF Loses Another Head-Scratcher To Gamecocks
Florida's Al Horford blocks a shot by South Carolina's Tarence Kinsey during the first half of Wednesday's game. The Gamecocks upset the Gators, 71-67.

Gamecocks tame Gators
Send them back to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Shift them, for sure, to the other side of the Southeastern Conference Tournament bracket.

Gamecocks sink Gators
South Carolina ended the second-longest home winning streak in the nation at 20 games and swept Florida in the regular season for the first time since 1998.

Gators' home streak swept away in upset
The excitement and emotion of Saturday's landmark SEC win on national TV suddenly seemed so long ago to the Florida Gators.

Developing a taste for Gator meat
Renaldo Balkman walked toward USC's bench with his arms held high in celebration. Ousmane Konate followed but then put his 286 pounds in reverse, sliding backward onto Florida's midcourt logo.

The USC buzz
Tarence Kinsey made an early exit Wednesday, but that did not mean he took a seat. Kinsey, the Gamecocks' leading scorer, fouled out with 2:14 remaining after being called for a charge. Kinsey stood in front of his seat for most of the game's remaining minutes, cheering his teammates and helping direct plays.

Florida Gator Football

Gators search to find third QB
Florida coach Urban Meyer has given offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Mullen a post-signing day assignment: find another quarterback to add to the recruiting class of 2006 as a walk-on.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Winning part of formula
As one of Florida's oldest, and perhaps smartest players, Sarah Lowe knows what kind of resume it takes to earn a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Florida Gator Baseball

Gators set to have Ball as ace of pitching staff
Matt LaPorta remembers the last time Bryan Ball was the ace of a pitching staff. It was when the two were teammates at Charlotte High School in Port Charlotte four years ago.

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