Gator News and World Report (2/14/2007)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, February 14, 2007. Orange & Blue winning streak; Florida baseball looking to solidify lineup; UF runs afoul, not aground; Gators Proficient With 3-Pointers; UF basketball team could make history; Players hear Gottfried's pleas for more hustle; Tide has hands full with No. 1 Gators; Gottfried, Tide take on defending champs and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Orange & Blue winning streak
No.1 Florida can match its school record for wins in a row tonight at home against 25th-ranked Alabama.

UF runs afoul, not aground
Scratch having Al Horford and Joakim Noah in foul trouble from the list of ways to beat the Florida men's basketball team.

Gators Proficient With 3-Pointers
College basketball changed forever April 2, 1986. Almost 20 years later, the University of Florida basketball team finally understood why.

UF basketball team could make history
They held off upset bids at Mississippi State and Kentucky, posted road routs at Georgia, South Carolina and Auburn and have smacked the five Southeastern Conference teams to step into the O'Connell Center.

Players hear Gottfried's pleas for more hustle
The days of worrying about players' feelings are over. At this point, Alabama basketball coach Mark Gottfried doesn't care, even if some of his stars are a little insulted.

Tide set to face nation's leader
Up close and personal, Alabama takes its turn tonight against the best college basketball team in the nation. The 25th-ranked Crimson Tide, hardly a team riding momentum despite winning three of its last four, will venture into O'Connell Center tonight to face defending NCAA champ and top-ranked Florida.

Tide has hands full with No. 1 Gators
If Alabama wants to secure a pass to the NCAA tournament, it can beat the No. 1 Florida Gators tonight.

Gottfried, Tide take on defending champs
Alabama already has lost four of its five Southeastern Conference road games this season. That's actually the good news.

Gators' could tie school win record
Alabama coach Mark Gottfried has studied the tape, winding and rewinding, back and forth, over and over. And the Crimson Tide coach has decided something scary.

No. 1 Florida keeps focus on SEC — for now
Given what Florida has accomplished as a basketball team, its dogged pursuit of a Southeastern Conference regular-season championship seems a little like Tiger Woods obsessing over the Reno-Tahoe Open.

UF dominates 3-point line
UF coach Billy Donovan calls it the greatest equalizer in college basketball.

Florida Gator Baseball

Florida baseball looking to solidify lineup
The lines are typically long on opening night at McKethan Stadium. When Florida opened its 2007 baseball season last Friday night, however, there was a huge line in an unusual place at The Mac.

Florida 15, Florida A&M 1
Matt LaPorta, Clayton Pisani and Jon Townsend had three hits each, Kevin Chapman pitched five scoreless innings and Florida hammered Florida A&M 15-1 Tuesday night.

UF freshman factor rattles FAMU in blowout win
UF baseball coach Pat McMahon said his team will rely heavily on freshmen this season.

Florida Lady Gator Softball

Early success primes Gators for Bulls
After a long weekend in Tempe, Ariz., the UF softball team (4-1) is looking forward to playing in-state rival South Florida in a double-header today at Tampa.

Florida Gator Tennis

Despite Snow, Illini Heat Up Courts in 6-1 Victory over Gators
The No. 7 Illinois men's tennis team claimed the Battle in the Blizzard tonight at the Atkins Tennis Center, prevailing over No. 8 Florida 6-1. The Illini (6-1) have yet to relinquish a dual match when winning the doubles point and that fact would not change tonight as they took care of the previously unbeaten Gators (3-1).

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