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Chomping at Bits: Florida men's basketball is energized at home, inconsistent on the road

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The Gators seem to play with a different energy and enthusiasm in the O'Connell Center.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

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Florida is a "different animal" at home: The Gators appear to bring a different level of energy and effort when playing in Gainesville. Florida is at home for both of this week's games (tonight against Ole Miss and Saturday versus Alabama) but will be on the road for three of the next four after that (next Tuesday at Georgia, February 20th at South Carolina, and February 27th at LSU). While the Gators have had some strong defensive performances on the road this season, their performances away from home have been inconsistent. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando SentinelIan Cohen, Independent Florida Alligator)

Gators projected to make NCAA Tournament: Presently as a No. 7 seed, according to a bracket from ESPN's Joe Lunardi. (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post)

Softball preparing for season opening tournament: The Gators begin their season this weekend with the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament. First up for the No. 1 Gators is Illinois State on Friday, followed by a Saturday match-up against No. 2 Michigan. (Matt Brannon, Independent Florida Alligator)

Bridget Sloan leading by example: Sloan, the third-winningest athlete in Florida gymnastics history, is approachable and beloved by her teammates, who admire her leadership and competitive spirit. She is also only the seventh collegiate gymnast to ever win all four events during her career. (Alejandro Lopez, Independent Florida Alligator)

Former Florida quarterback (and wide receivers coach) Chris Leak named head coach at Edgewater High: Leak will take over as head coach of the Eagles after spending the past year working in football development and youth outreach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Alicia DelGallo, Orlando SentinelAlex Martin Smith, SEC Country)

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