Gator News and World Report (3/10/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, March 10, 2006. Conference consequence; Gators try to stay fresh with late tipoff; Hangin' with Brittany Davis; Hartung skilled gymnast behind 'sweet' persona; Reliable Richard lends hand; No Jacksonville incentive for UF; Donovan Says It's Worth Winning; Forces of all kinds at work for Gators; Gators spread seeds of hope; Reason to fear Noah; Super sophs lead way for UF and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Conference consequence
Florida begins defense of its SEC Tournament title tonight with more than pride on the line. A chance to play close to home in the NCAA Tournament could hinge on how well the Gators perform this weekend. Florida opens tournament play tonight against Arkansas, which beat Georgia 80-67 late Thursday night.

Gators try to stay fresh with late tipoff
Florida will be playing more than its opening round Southeastern Conference Tournament game tonight in the scheduled 9:45 p.m. tip.

Reliable Richard lends hand
Matt Walsh, Anthony Roberson and David Lee get the headlines for leading Florida to the 2005 SEC Tournament title. But the Gators wouldn't have won the first title in school history without Chris Richard.

No Jacksonville incentive for UF
acksonville is not on Billy Donovan's mind. Florida's coach isn't concerned about whether the Gators will begin the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville. He doesn't want his players to care about it now, either.

Donovan Says It's Worth Winning
Billy Donovan paused, allowing himself time to choose the words to respond to a question that has no correct answer.

Forces of all kinds at work for Gators
While the Florida Gators sit around their hotel room in Nashville waiting to become the final team to begin play in the SEC tournament, an avid Florida supporter more than 6,000 miles away will be trying to ensure the Gators enjoy a successful postseason.

UF looks to defend title with different team
The Florida Gators needed 40 tries to win their first SEC tournament in men's basketball. They'll have about 40 hours to win their second one.

Gators spread seeds of hope
Everybody else gets a guess this time of year. So why not No. 32 in orange and blue? Florida forward Chris Richard embraces NCAA Tournament talk, his dreams of winning the thing piquing his curiosity about how it all works. And he's happy to participate and pontificate on where he feels the Gators stand today.

Reason to fear Noah
Many people don't believe in superstitions. But Florida's opponents this week might be wise to fear Zacharie Noah.

Super sophs lead way for UF
They share an apartment. They share meals. They share a dream. Florida's Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer, Taurean Green and Al Horford form one of the nation's top classes of sophomores. Each has had some special moments this season.

All '04 One
Forget the salutations, the hellos, the friendly banter and the telling of life stories.

Florida Gator Golf

Boilers have a chance to avenge loss in Florida
In the next two weekends, the No. 4 ranked Boilermaker women's golf team will have the opportunity to avenge a loss and compete against the No. 1 ranked team in the nation.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Hangin' with Brittany Davis
THE BASICS ...Brittany Davis is a 6-foot-2 senior forward on Florida's women's basketball team. Davis was born and reared in Gainesville and graduated from Buchholz High School. Davis became the first Gainesville native to sign a scholarship with UF since Tammy Jackson in 1981. Jackson also went to Buchholz.

Dance, Dance
They've gone through a resignation, a suspension, painful blowout losses and court-storming upset wins.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

Hartung skilled gymnast behind 'sweet' persona
Inside Florida's locker room at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., last Friday, Rhonda Faehn approached her prized freshman, Corey Hartung.

Florida Gator Football

The 75 biggest games of 2006
Below are 75 of the biggest, most important, most interesting games going into the 2006 season. Some are obvious rivalry games that everyone looks forward to each season, and some are new matchups with good storylines. In any event, these are the games you'll circle on you calendar and the ones that should get the juices flowing.

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