Gator News and World Report (2/17/2007)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, February 17, 2007. Very cool win; Give Donovan his due as SEC's top coach; Vandy gets 2nd shot at No. 1 UF; A perfect night for Sinclair; Speights given his shot at UF; Patience Keys UF's Win Streak; Freshman Speights helping UF basketball win; Gators drop 'unprepared' Hurricanes; Hit Us With Your Best Shot, Gators Seem to Say and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Give Donovan his due as SEC's top coach
Two coaches from Mississippi have done it — Rob Barnes and Rod Evans. Tubby Smith has done it five times if you count both of them. Mark Gottfried? Sure.

Vandy gets 2nd shot at No. 1 UF
After reviewing the Alabama game tape, Florida coach Billy Donovan weighed his team's poor start with how the players in opposing jerseys began the game.

Speights given his shot at UF
His minutes are low, but the freshman big man provides plenty of points in that time.

Patience Keys UF's Win Streak
University of Florida forward Corey Brewer isn't sure whether the 2006 national champs could have pulled off the comeback the current Gators engineered Wednesday.

Freshman Speights helping UF basketball win
The secret, Florida freshman center Marreese Speights says, is simply to stay ready. "I don't know when Coach [Billy] Donovan is going to call my name," Speights said. "I just try to bring energy and do what I can to help the team win."

UF not perfect, but they could be
Florida coach Billy Donovan knows where there's perfection, a microscope is sure to follow. Donovan expected a wart or two to be exposed along the top-ranked Gators' steady march toward college basketball history.

Hit Us With Your Best Shot, Gators Seem to Say
After reviewing the Alabama game tape, Florida coach Billy Donovan weighed his team's poor start with how the players in opposing jerseys began the game.

Florida at Vanderbilt
TIME: 1 p.m. RADIO: 540 AM (WFLF). RECORDS: Florida 24-2 overall, 11-0 in SEC; Vanderbilt 17-8, 7-4.

Florida next No. 1 target for Vanderbilt
Already tied with Kentucky in the SEC Eastern Division standings, Vanderbilt would like to force a tie with the Wildcats in another category today.

Florida Gator Football

Armwood Standout Davis Gets 900 On SAT
Armwood senior defensive lineman Torrey Davis said on National Signing Day that he knew it would happen. Now, it appears he's a man of his word.

Florida Gator Baseball

Very cool win
The Florida Gators have often used Gainesville's heat and humidity as a home-field advantage. Interestingly, Florida's baseball team found a new weather ally on Friday night at McKethan Stadium — the frigid cold.

Florida 7, Miami 2
Jon Townsend went two-for-four, with two RBIs and a home run in Florida's 7-2 win over Miami on Friday.

Florida capitalizes on UM's mistakes
An errant throw home, a booted ground ball and dropped pop fly. These led the litany of No. 5 Miami's baseball sins Friday night at McKethan Stadium.

Gators drop 'unprepared' Hurricanes
U-M had five errors, including a costly one by ace Scott Maine. `We did just about everything wrong,' Canes coach Jim Morris said.

UM goes cold against Florida
Jim Morris has seen colder weather in 14 years at Miami, but he might never have witnessed his baseball club play at such a low level.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

A perfect night for Sinclair
A record-setting Friday night helped propel the Florida gymnastics team to its best start since 1985. The No. 1 Gators topped visiting Kentucky 197.875-194.8 thanks in part to the perfect 10 Melanie Sinclair scored on the uneven bars.

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