Gator News and World Report (3/13/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Monday, March 13, 2006. Gators grind for a second consecutive SEC tourney; Game-winner shows how far UF has come; Ugly win was a grind for Gators; Green takes MVP honors; Selection Monday determines UF's fate; No. 16 Florida finishes first in Gator Invitational; Gators win SEC basketball title; Jacksonville-bound; Short trip to early games may be Gator aid; UF wins one more time, with feeling; Slipper doesn't fit and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators grind for a second consecutive SEC tourney
It was a scene few could have envisioned last October -- hugs, Gator chomps and senior Adrian Moss draping the winning tournament jersey around his neck.

Game-winner shows how far UF has come
On a day when there was almost no energy in the building, Joakim Noah still had plenty in reserve. He had just saved the Gators by making the winning basket, then blocking a shot before the buzzer.

Ugly win was a grind for Gators
A work of art it wasn't. An advertisement for the beauty of SEC basketball? No way. Why CBS didn't switch over to a Survivor rerun at halftime is a mystery, except that this was Survivor.

Green takes MVP honors
Florida sophomore point guard Taurean Green might need to find more space in his trophy case. Green gained more hardware, earning SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors Sunday.

Gators win SEC basketball title
A very different Florida team brought the Gators a second straight Southeastern Conference tournament championship.

The NCAA selection committee gave No. 3 seed Florida what amounts to homecourt advantage when they sent the Gators to Jacksonville for the first round this week.

Short trip to early games may be Gator aid
Florida coach Billy Donovan is getting to play where he wants to begin the NCAA Tournament, but to advance he's going to have to beat an old friend.

UF wins one more time, with feeling
This time, Corey Brewer knew exactly what he was supposed to do. He knew where he should be positioned, when he should go to the basket, and what he should do when he got there.

Anyone need tickets?
NCAA Tournament games at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena are a sellout to the general public, but there is one more way to get what will be the hottest ticket in town.

Donovan faces former assistant
Florida coach Billy Donovan is beginning the NCAA Tournament where he wants, but he'd rather be facing a different opponent.

UF Celebrates, Then Looks Ahead To Big Dance
According to center Adrian Moss' watch, the University of Florida basketball team stopped celebrating its second consecutive SEC Tournament title at 4:37 p.m. Sunday and began looking ahead to the NCAA Tournament.

Gators snatch SEC championship
Joakim Noah scored with 11 seconds left then blocked a shot at the other end, and No. 16 Florida held off South Carolina 49-47 Sunday for a second straight Southeastern Conference tournament championship in a sloppy game in which the Gamecocks nearly pulled off the improbable upset.

UF wins 2nd straight SEC tourney
Joakim Noah's big right hand didn't just swat away the ball. It knocked South Carolina right out of the NCAA Tournament, smacked a bubble team into the Big Dance and landed the Florida Gators in Jacksonville.

Hungry Gators defend SEC title
Fresh off back-to-back SEC tournament titles, sophomore Corey Brewer couldn't believe how far the Florida Gators had come.

Slipper doesn't fit
With prince in sight, the midnight bell tolled for South Carolina. Its glass slipper removed, junior forward Brandon Wallace punted the basketball into the stands as teammate Renaldo Balkman collapsed nearby.

Noah leads Gators to SEC title
In the closing seconds of the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game Sunday afternoon, South Carolina's Gamecocks looked as if they might pull off a three-peat.

Feeling Green
Sidney Green put his hands on the top of his head, as if he was ducking from disaster. The former NBA player couldn't help but flinch when his son, Florida point guard Taurean Green threw up an airball with the Gators clinging to a two-point lead in the closing moments of Sunday's Southeastern Conference championship game.

Familiar face awaits Gators in NCAA first round
After his team won the Sun Belt Conference's tournament, South Alabama coach John Pelphrey turned off his cell phone and stopped taking calls.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Selection Monday determines UF's fate
Everyone knows about Selection Sunday. The name resonates with sports fans in much the same way as Super Sunday.

Florida Lady Gator Golf

No. 16 Florida finishes first in Gator Invitational
The No. 16 Florida women's golf team followed its coach's advice and didn't let a first-day lead in the 34th annual SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational evaporate.

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