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Chomping at Bits: Florida men's basketball falls to Kentucky, Gators' tournament hopes derailed

Florida dropped its home finale to Kentucky last night. It was a major blow to the Gators' slim tournament hopes.

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Florida's tournament hopes take huge hit with 88-79 loss to Kentucky: In their home finale, the Gators struggled with free-throw shooting and had another poor defensive performance. Florida has now lost five of its last six games and will likely be out of most NCAA Tournament bracket projections. The Gators would need a win at Missouri on Saturday and at the very least a deep run into the SEC Tournament to have a chance of making the dance (Chris Harry, Florida GatorsAlex Maminakis, Independent Florida Alligator; Kevin Brockway, Gainesville SunEdgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

How former Gators did at the NFL Scouting Combine: Eight former Gators participated in the week long event. (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post)

Florida baseball defeats UCF 9-5: Florida will return home tonight for the second leg of the home-and-home series with the Knights. The Gators have been on the road for their last five games. (John Hines, Florida GatorsGainesville Sun)

Three Gators recognized with SEC postseason awards: Florida women's basketball players Ronni Williams, Simone Westbrook, and Eleanna Christinaki were recognized yesterday when the SEC announced its 2016 postseason awards. Williams was named to the All-SEC second team, Westbrook was named to the All-Defensive Team, and Christinaki became the sixth Gator in nine years to be named to the All-Freshman Team.  (Kathy Cafazzo, Florida Gators)

The 2001 Florida Gators are a great "what-if" team: And that what-if is 'what if Earnest Graham had stayed healthy'? Florida's two losses came without Graham on the field. An interesting read on how that season could have played out, and how it could have affected Florida's head coaching position. (David Wunderlich, Team Speed Kills)

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