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Chomping at Bits: Florida men's basketball clinging to NCAA Tournament hopes

As they face Kentucky tonight, the Gators' tournament hopes are in a precarious position.

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Florida hanging on to its NCAA Tournament hopes, facing potential must-win game against Kentucky: The Gators host the No. 22 Wildcats tonight in their home finale. Presently Florida is No. 45 in the RPI and is projected to be one of the last teams into the 68-team tournament by ESPN. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville SunEdgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel; Palm Beach Post)

Gators need immediate improvement on defense: For much of the season, Florida had the stingiest defense in the SEC but the Gators have been experiencing a defensive decline of late. Saturday's 96-91 loss at LSU marked the most points Florida had allowed since a 104-82 loss to Tennessee in 2008. (Garry Smits, Florida Times Union)

Florida women's basketball gets fourth seed for SEC Tournament: It is the first time the Gators have earned a double-bye in the conference tournament since the SEC expanded to 14 teams. Florida will play their first game in the tournament, which starts tomorrow, on Friday afternoon. (Kathy Cafazzo, Florida GatorsGarry Smits, Florida Times Union)

The Gators hope to have a better showing in the tournament this year after an embarrassing 71-49 loss to Auburn had them exiting in the first round during last year's appearance. (Garry Smits, Florida Times Union)

Gators' baseball facing UCF tonight in start of mid-week series: Florida and UCF play in Orlando tonight at 6:30 p.m. and tomorrow in Gainesville at 7:00 p.m. (John Hines, Florida Gators)

Logan Shore named SEC Pitcher of the Week: It's the first time that Shore has been named SEC Pitcher of the Week in his career. Shore had his first career shutout in the Gators' series opener against Miami last week. (John Hines, Florida Gators)

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