Gator News and World Report (3/15/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, March 15, 2006. This team has bonded; Urban seeks to restore UF to its former glory; Want tickets? May be too late; Resurgent bats lift Gators; Meyer warns his backs; Looking for 2 courtside; Florida has one goal: Prove doubters wrong; Gators' Noah welcomes world at his feet; Green leads baby Gators; Jags come up short against taller Gators; Meyer wants football team to play like UF basketball and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

This team has bonded
Chris Richard, Florida's enforcer off the bench, was tired of watching freshman teammate David Huertas talk on his cell phone all the time.

Want tickets? May be too late
Those who want tickets to the NCAA Tournament first-round games in Jacksonville might need a good connection and a fat wallet.

Revealed ballots shed light on coaches' choices
For the first time, the 31 coaches who vote in the USA TODAY/ESPN basketball coaches' poll have released every ballot from the entire season. Individual ballots are available for review at

Fans who don't want to take out a bank loan just to see the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Jacksonville this week can take heart: There's still a sliver of hope.

Fantastic five
You see it almost every year. It's practically a rite of spring, not much different than azaleas coming into bloom

Florida has one goal: Prove doubters wrong
Even before Florida finished celebrating its second consecutive SEC Tournament title, Chris Richard put the chip on his shoulder.

First-Round Proximity Unimportant To Gators
Someone asked University of Florida center Adrian Moss on Sunday if the senior believed a trip to Jacksonville for the NCAA Tournament would provide the setting for the perfect end to his career.

An emotional student-mentor matchup
South Alabama coach John Pelphrey cherishes his days as Billy Donovan's assistant. In Thursday's first-round NCAA game, he'll go against his good friend and teacher.

Gators' Noah welcomes world at his feet
"Boy Boy" — the on-the-court, off-the-cuff DJ at Rucker Park — knew he was watching someone special. As players sprinted and soared across the fabled Harlem blacktop, Joakim Noah stood out. The Florida Gators' multicultural, multiracial, multitalented sophomore inspired Boy Boy to give him a fitting moniker.

Green leads baby Gators
Taurean Green threw up. Then he put up an MVP performance in the SEC tournament, while putting down the critics who said his early-season success was a fluke.

Jags come up short against taller Gators
South Alabama will be at a decided height disadvantage when the Jaguars take on Florida in the first round of the NCAA Minneapolis Regional on Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla.

Florida Gator Baseball

Resurgent bats lift Gators
in front of 1,729 fans on Tuesday night, the fifth-largest crowd in Jay Bergman Field history, No. 13 Florida (15-6) collected its sixth-straight win with a 10-3 triumph over UCF (10-10).

Florida 10, UCF 3
Brian Jeroloman hit a three-run home run in Florida's 10-3 win over Central Florida Tuesday.

Florida Gator Football

Urban seeks to restore UF to its former glory
My thought was, the Florida Gators bailed out Urban Meyer's first year as football coach, easing South Carolina-Alabama-LSU traumas by torching a more tangy triumvirate - FSU, Tennessee, Georgia - then charring Iowa on an Outback Bowl barbie to finish with a 9-3 record.

Meyer warns his backs
Florida coach Urban Meyer issued a warning - and a promise - to his inconsistent tailbacks at his pre-spring news conference Tuesday.

Tookes, Lewis, Caldwell won't miss games due to shooting
Three Florida football players involved in an off-campus shooting have been disciplined internally, but they will not be suspended for any games this fall.

Meyer wants football team to play like UF basketball
March Madness has gotten to Florida head football coach Urban Meyer. And it has nothing to do with filling out brackets.

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