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Chomping at Bits: Are the Gators college basketball's great team for 2013?

Bruce Pearl thinks there are no great teams in college basketball this year. Florida says hi.


Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find. Got a link we should check out? Email us at, subject line CAB.

No great teams? But what about Florida? It's getting harder to argue against Florida's demolition team being great. (Bruce Pearl, ESPN via John Gasaway)

Gators have profile of champions: I dunno how much I trust someone who just started accounting for efficiency, though. (Peter Tiernan of, CBS Sports)

Three Gators recruits on 247Sports All-American Team: They're Vernon Hargreaves and Alex Anzalone on the first team and Kelvin Taylor on the second, and I guessed all three and their teams with the clue that there were two first-teamers and one second-teamer before ever clicking this link. (247Sports)

They don't play for us: A good reminder that college athletes are humans. (Celebrity Hot Tub)

The NCAA completely and totally bungled the Miami case: This is what happens when the NCAA decides it has to investigate and lawyer things. (Dave Hyde, South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Vols land big-time WR: MarQuez North, a Florida target who was never really a Florida prospect, shocked a few folks Wednesday by opting for Tennessee over North Carolina. In other news, Tennessee will have a talented wide receiver on its roster for the billionth straight year, a streak dating back to a pterodactyl named Phillip. (Brad Shepard, Rocky Top Talk)

The saddest GIF you will ever see: And it involves Tayshaun Prince. Really. (Ben Swanson, SB Nation)

A defense of Boston sports media: Remember the magazine piece I linked Tuesday? Its author got gutted on the radio yesterday. (Kirk Minihane,

UConn is rebranding: I'm linking this only because, as I learned from this article, UConn had different logos for football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and baseball up until this year, and I liked all of them. I found this strange and neat. (Andrew Porter, The UConn Blog)

Can Carmelo change his spots? I enjoyed this medium-length read. (Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated)

Stephen Soderberg is a great interview: If you read all of this and don't take anything at all from it, I question your ability to read. (Mary Kaye Schilling, Vulture)

The best game of Tag ever: If you haven't already read about a decades-long game of Tag played by four friends, do so ASAP. (Russell Adams, The Wall Street Journal)

Patric Young invents the block-sist: And this (it's at the 0:18 mark) came after a turnover on the other end rooted in his surprise at the ball hitting him in the hands. He's our beautiful enigma.

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