Gator News and World Report (3/8/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, March 8, 2006. Perimeter points; Gators' McArthur delivers big hit; Florida 2, UNC Greensboro 1; More wins could keep Gators closer to home; Donovan builds UF basketball into powerhouse; Attention to detail; To coaches, ends justify the means; SEC number could change; Gators stopped cold, drop 2 at 'Bama; Florida has Final Four talent, potential and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Perimeter points
With sophomore forward Joakim Noah an emerging offensive force and sophomore center Al Horford regaining some swagger Sunday, it would stand to reason that Florida would look to continue to pound the ball inside throughout the postseason.

More wins could keep Gators closer to home
Some analysts speculate that an SEC title would send UF to Jacksonville

Donovan builds UF basketball into powerhouse
Six minutes to tip-off, and Coach Billy Donovan strides along the O'Connell Center baseline toward the Florida bench. He sneaks a peek to his right, where ESPN is concluding a live broadcast of its college basketball highlights show. Behind the temporary TV stage, more than 2,000 Rowdy Reptiles in the UF student section bounce and chant and wave pompons.

SEC number could change
Popping off in January about the NCAA Tournament bracket in March is grounds for a friendly put up or shut up. The man who was certain six Southeastern Conference teams would be in the field didn't say much until Arkansas double-dipped Florida and Alabama in the middle of February. Then, smug about the Razorbacks, he double-checked that $1 was at stake.

To coaches, ends justify the means
Kentucky's Tubby Smith has a saying this time of year. "I always talk about not tightening up, but lightening up in all areas," Smith said of his postseason modus operandi.

Eyes on the NCAA
As the Southeastern Conference basketball season made its way through the year, most of the national talk about the league was that it's down.

Cats will finally put it all together in Nashville
Swimming in a sea of disparaging doubters, it's got to be hard for these Cats to have faith that they can pull this Southeastern Conference tournament off.

Florida has Final Four talent, potential
Is there a team in college basketball, in any sport, that does not have a team meeting story? Some of them produce the desired results, and some don't. You don't hear much about the latter. Nobody says, "We had a team meeting and found out how much we hate each other." And usually, the ones that prove useful are those that gather together the most talented players.

Florida Gator Baseball

Gators' McArthur delivers big hit
Brandon McArthur is excited. He feels comfortable at the plate again. At least somebody in Florida's lineup is.

Florida 2, UNC Greensboro 1
Brandon McArthur had two hits and one RBI in Florida's 2-1 win over UNC Greensboro Tuesday.

Florida Gator Football

UF signee banned from prep team
Florida football signee Percy Harvin's tumultuous high-school athletic career ended three months premature Tuesday after a series of transgressions and poor sportsmanship episodes in football and basketball.

Florida Gator Golf

Attention to detail
Norte Americanos sometimes have to be delicate with certain English terms that don't convert well into foreign tongues. For instance, does the phrase "anal retentive" translate into Spanish?

Florida Gator Softball

Tide opens SEC play with two wins
The Alabama softball team was tied with Florida in the bottom of the seventh inning with Stacey Ramsey facing a full count and a runner on first.

Gators stopped cold, drop 2 at 'Bama
If the UF softball team had any momentum, they didn't show it last night. After winning 11 out of their last 12 games, the Gators (17-8, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) dropped both games in a doubleheader against No. 5 Alabama, 5-0 and 3-1.

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