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Chomping at Bits: Florida's big win by the numbers; Gators great Neal Walk dies at 67

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Florida got one of its biggest wins in a while over the weekend, while one of the biggest Gators ever passed away.

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Florida's win over Mississippi, by the numbers: A great success rate through the air is a novelty for the Gators after the last five years of struggles — and pulverizing the Rebels in the first half is an incredible feat. (David Wunderlich, Team Speed Kills)

Florida legend Neal Walk dies at 67: No other player did more in the early days of Florida basketball to put the Gators on the map, and though Walk's NBA career existed almost entirely within the shadow of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's, his was a life well-lived, with decades spent playing and working for the Suns. While his residence in Phoenix kept him distant from Gainesville, and likely helped him stay out of most Gators fans' memories even as the team surged to prominence under Billy Donovan, his collegiate career is arguably the best of any Florida player without a national title to his name, and I can't imagine any other Gator's passing being written up in the paper of record. Rest in peace, Neal Walk. (Paul Coro, The Arizona Republic | Bruce Weber, The New York Times | Chris Harry, GatorZone)

Florida's done pretty well for itself this year, I guess:

Breaking down first-half finale: What a drive it was. (Landon Watnick, Inside the Gators — $)

Mizzou landmark dealing with temporary move: Shakespeare's is somewhere I'm going when I eventually make the trip to Columbia. (Kevin Modelski, Campus Rush)

The murky world of car-title loans in Virginia: Shady, shady. (Michael Pope, WAMU)

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