Gator News and World Report (2/11/2007)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, February 11, 2007. Scratch and claw; Gators show Rupp what champions are made of; Richard Shines In Gators' Victory; Swimmers shine at SECs; Ready to be toppled, Gators still end up on top; Florida's Oh-Fours trump Kentucky's Oh-Fers again; Noah's quick thinking helps Brewer burn Wildcats and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Scratch & claw
When Kentucky guard Ramel Bradley pulled up for a potential tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer late Saturday night, the storyline called for the shot to fall and the Wildcats to take No. 1 Florida into overtime.

Gators show Rupp what champions are made of
They don't really need to know what one looks like here in Bluegrass Country. Not with all of those rings and trophies and pieces of cut-down nets everywhere you look.

Top-ranked Florida holds on to beat No. 20 Kentucky 64-61 for 16th straight victory
Last year, Florida ran through the NCAA tournament. This season, the Gators are dominating the Southeastern Conference. Top-ranked Florida (23-2, 16-0) won its 16th straight overall, 64-61 on Saturday night, and fifth in a row against No. 20 Kentucky — the program that has been the league standard bearer.

Gators beat back 'Cats
Florida now owns a piece of Rupp Arena history, but getting it certainly wasn't easy. The top-ranked Gators fought off foul trouble and a big game by Kentucky center Randolph Morris, who scored 18 points, to beat the No. 20 Wildcats 64-61 Saturday night.

Richard Shines In Gators' Victory
He's not a starter. But Saturday night, Chris Richard proved he was a finisher for the Florida Gators.

Gators Survive Kentucky Heat
Outside Rupp Arena, it was 19 degrees. But inside - despite a shooting night that turned suddenly frigid and horrendous frontcourt foul trouble - the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators fought off an inevitable meltdown Saturday night.

Gators remain unbeaten in SEC
As Kentucky's Ramel Bradley squirmed on the right wing, trying to launch the shot that would carry this crazy comeback into overtime, Florida's Taurean Green stood smack in front of him. Arms up, body stiff, mind hoping for one more UK miss.

A sweet 16th win in a row
Corey Brewer scored 16 points, and top-ranked Florida held off No. 20 Kentucky 64-61 on Saturday night for its 16th consecutive victory.

Gators hold back Wildcats
A trifecta of traps awaited top-ranked Florida before Saturday's game against Kentucky. There was a rowdy Rupp Arena, where a top-ranked opponent had never won; the 20th-ranked Wildcats were starting to play their best basketball of the season; and ESPN's GameDay made the trip, making it the night's most anticipated game.

UK team continues to be a puzzle
Good luck figuring out this Rubik's Cube of a basketball team at the University of Kentucky.

Gators stand firm in Rupp
A sign in the crowd proclaimed it "Ruppset '07." And for a split second last night, when he let go of a three-point shot just before the buzzer, University of Kentucky guard Ramel Bradley thought he might have given his team five more minutes to prove that poster prophetic.

Ready to be toppled, Gators still end up on top
Amazing for a defending national champion with five starters back, Florida made bone-head plays under late-game pressure.

Florida's Oh-Fours trump Kentucky's Oh-Fers again
The SEC used to be Kentucky's domain, but ever since Florida's Oh-Fours arrived, Kentucky's been a bunch of Oh-Fers, writes Pat Forde.

Noah's quick thinking helps Brewer burn Wildcats
Maybe Corey Brewer would have been available to burn Kentucky Saturday night had Joakim Noah not noticed his roommate literally was on fire, Andy Katz writes.

Florida Gator Football

Meyer sets trends, shakes up status quo
You think Nick Saban has gotten inside Les Miles' hat? Look at what Urban Meyer's done to Tommy Tuberville.

Florida Gator Baseball

LaPorta ties homer record
First basaeman Matt LaPorta says the Gators are a work in progress. Coach Pat McMahon agrees.

VMI makes it two in a row in baseball at Florida
VMI scored six runs over the first five innings and then the bullpen did its job as the Keydets earned a second consecutive victory over the University of Florida, topping the Gators 7-4.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Bowden dialed in for 3s
All Depree Bowden needed was a chance. After spending two years as a reserve, Bowden is showcasing her abilities this season for the Gators.

Florida Gator Swimming

Swimmers shine at SECs
A trio of Florida swimmers claimed titles on the final night of the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships to lead the eighth-ranked Florida men to a second-place finish in Lexington, Ky.

Florida Gator Golf

Gators second after Day 1
No. 1 player Billy Horschel hit two balls in the water on No. 8 and couldn't make a putt. No. 2 player Tyson Alexander missed three greens — with chip shots.

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