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03/22/2019 07:00 PM
Fate of Gators' Sweet 16 dreams depend on defensive showdown with No. 2 seed Michigan

Florida coach Mike White was blunt assessing his squad’s shortcomings ahead of its NCAA Tournament second-round matchup.

After almost blowing an 18-point second-half lead in Thursday’s opener against Nevada and getting comfortable with gutting out win-or-go-home games, the No. 10 seed Gators won’t...

03/21/2019 10:10 PM
Gators survive Nevada rally, earn 70-61 victory in first round of NCAA Tournament

What would Florida’s roller-coaster season be without a nerve-racking finish in the NCAA Tournament?

The Gators nearly sped past Mountain West favorite Nevada in Thursday’s first round with a dominant defensive performance inside a packed Wells Fargo Arena, but a near-collapse kept the Wolf Pack...

03/19/2019 08:15 PM
Surging Gators enter NCAA Tournament chasing a deep postseason run

Sitting at 12-11 and facing the distinct possibility of a losing season, the Florida Gators had little hope and two left feet.

Six weeks later, coach Mike White’s squad has found its stride and looks to make a run in the NCAA Tournament, beginning Thursday in Des Moines against Nevada.

“Weird year,”...

03/19/2019 04:05 PM
UF freshman CB Chris Steele forced to grow up quickly for Gators

UF cornerback Chris Steele has lined up with the Gators’ starting defense while Marco Wilson recovers from an ACL tear.

Each day, the team’s veteran receivers have reminded Steele he still is a first-year freshman. But those growing pains should pay off next season for the highest-rated member...

03/17/2019 09:00 PM
Gators receive No. 10 seed, to face No. 7 seed Nevada in Iowa to open NCAA Tournament

The Florida Gators’ late surge propelled them into the NCAA Tournament.

UF (19-15) is a No. 10 seed and will face No. 7 seed Nevada (29-4) on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. The game is scheduled to tip off at 6:50 p.m. and will air on TNT.

The Gators seemed unlikely to make any postseason tournament...

03/16/2019 05:10 PM
Florida surrenders late 3, falls to No. 22 Auburn in SEC Tournament semifinal

The Florida Gators pulled off back-to-back upsets during the SEC Tournament, but this time a late bucket was a dagger they couldn’t overcome.

Jared Harper hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left as No. 22 Auburn held off UF 65-62 Saturday to reach the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship...

03/15/2019 05:35 PM
Gators hit 3 with second left to upset No. 9 LSU 76-73 in SEC Tournament

The Florida Gators finally figured out how to avoid overtime against LSU.

Andrew Nembhard hit a 3-pointer with a second left, and Florida rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to upset the ninth-ranked Tigers 76-73 Friday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals.


03/14/2019 03:40 PM
Gators end skid, beat Arkansas 66-50 in SEC Tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Florida ended its slump just in time to rescue its hopes of making the NCAA Tournament.

Keyontae Johnson scored a career-high 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds Thursday as No. 8 seed Florida snapped a three-game skid by defeating No. 9 seed Arkansas 66-50 in the Southeastern...

03/12/2019 07:35 PM
Dan Mullen's Gators open spring football practice looking to build on 10-win season

UF’s’ first season under Dan Mullen ended with a flourish and a four-game win streak.

The Gators began Year 2 Tuesday looking like a team coming off a 10-win season and well familiar with their head coach’s high expectations.

Last spring was a another story.

“A lot different,” Mullen said. “I think...

03/12/2019 07:00 PM
Gators look to end three-game skid, boost NCAA résumé in SEC Tournament

The Florida Gators arrive in Nashville this week for the SEC Tournament out of tune and in search of some rhythm in time for the Big Dance.

Coach Mike White’s squad is on a three-game skid and and clinging perilously to the NCAA Tournament bubble.

One win — at noon Thursday against Arkansas — likely...

03/11/2019 07:00 PM
Dan Mullen gives Gators Jabari Zuniga, Lamical Perine 'a lot of credit' for delaying NFL jump

Former Gators’ pass rusher Jachai Polite has gone from a surefire first-round pick to a possible cautionary tale.

UF coach Dan Mullen is pulling for Polite to rebound from a poor performance at the NFL Scouting Combine with a strong Pro Day March 27 in the Swamp.

“Hopefully he’s ready for that,”...

03/11/2019 01:30 PM
UF coach Dan Mullen says Gators' QB competition will be wide open

Feleipe Franks proved last season he can handle the Florida Gators’ starting quarterback job.

This spring Franks will have to prove he can keep it.

Franks appeared to have a stranglehold on the starting job following a strong finish to the 2018 season, culminating with lopsided wins at Florida...

03/09/2019 06:50 PM
Gators can't hold off No. 6 Kentucky, fall 66-57 in SEC finale

Gary B. Graves

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Florida Gators looked poised to collect an upset and salvage its push to earn an NCAA Tournament at-large bid.

But free throws were the saving grace for No. 6 Kentucky before it finally strung baskets together.

Tyler Herro made his share of both, and that combination...

03/07/2019 04:10 PM
Gators, Miami football season opener in Orlando officially moved up one week

Orlando will help college football celebrate its 150th anniversary.

The Florida Gators' football season opener against the Miami Hurricanes at Orlando's Camping World Stadium has officially been moved one week earlier to coincide with the College Football 150th Anniversary Organization's special...

03/06/2019 09:05 PM
UF can't pull off another upset of No. 10 LSU, Gators fall 79-78 in OT

GAINESVILLE — Tremont Waters dribbled the length of the court for the tying basket with 3 seconds remaining in regulation and then hit a 3-pointer early in overtime, helping No. 10 LSU escape with a 79-78 victory at Florida on Wednesday night.

The Gators had a chance to win it with 7.8 second left...

03/02/2019 10:00 PM
Gators fall 61-55 at home to struggling Georgia

The Florida Gators donned throwback uniforms from the 1994 Final Four team, looking the part of a team ready for an NCAA Tournament run.

But on Saturday night against the struggling Georgia Bulldogs, UF did not look worthy of even a ticket to the Big Dance as March Madness arrived with a thud in...

03/01/2019 06:00 PM
Red-hot Gators look to handle newfound success

The Florida Gators have proved themselves able to overcome endless frustration.

Coach Mike White’s squad now must continue to show it can handle newfound success.

The Gators’ season-long five-game winning streak has positioned them to close the regular season with a flourish and enter the postseason...

02/27/2019 09:45 AM
Gators spring practice schedule released, four open to public

The Florida Gators will open spring practices to the general public on March 12, 14, 23 and 27, the school announced.

Coach Dan Mullen also will open practice March 16 to season ticket holders, April 4 to Alachua County First Responders and Law Enforcement, and April 9 to UF faculty and staff.


02/28/2019 12:45 AM
Gators win at Vandy 71-55 for 5th straight victory

Mike White finally knows what it's like to leave Memorial Gym with a victory.

The Florida coach had lost his first nine trips to the Southeastern Conference's oldest gym as a player at Mississippi, then an assistant coach and even his first three with the Gators. He had company with nobody on the...

02/28/2019 11:30 AM
ESPN lobbies to move Gators, Miami football season opening date in Orlando

The Florida Gators versus Miami Hurricanes 2019 season opener could be moved up a week to Aug. 24 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of college football.

Florida Citrus Sports released a statement  Thursday confirming ESPN, Camping World Kickoff officials and the two schools discussed moving the...

02/26/2019 04:55 PM
Surging Gators focus on task at hand, try to block out NCAA Tournament chatter

UF coach Mike White does not want to talk about it.

He thinks about it, sure.

After all, NCAA Tournament chatter is almost impossible to avoid, especially now. March Madness is just days away and his team riding a season-long four-game win streak.

But White reminds the Gators (16-11, 8-6 SEC) every...

02/24/2019 06:05 PM
UF baseball snaps out of slump to earn series win over Miami

Florida’s offense was almost non-existent during two mid-week losses to South Florida and North Florida. The Gators totaled two runs during the games and struck out a combined 24 times.

On Wednesday night, coach Kevin O’Sullivan seemed perplexed by his team’s struggles at the plate.

“What’s been...

02/23/2019 06:40 PM
Gators edge Missouri, continue push for NCAA Tournament bid

Florida’s free-throw shooting buoyed the team during an otherwise poor offensive showing against Missouri.

The Gators (16-11, 8-6 SEC) rallied to defeat the visiting Tigers (12-14, 3-11 SEC) 64-60 Saturday, earning their fourth consecutive win and bolstering the late push for an NCAA Tournament...

02/22/2019 05:40 PM
Bubble Watch: Gators regroup, bolster hopes for NCAA Tournament bid

RALEIGH, N.C. — Florida coach Mike White spent the first three months of the season watching his Gators burn through just about any cushion they had in building a viable NCAA Tournament resume.

Now, with roughly three weeks until Selection Sunday, his team is coming off a big win positioned to...

02/20/2019 10:35 PM
Gators rally for signature 82-77 road win over No. 13 LSU in OT

When Florida's KeVaughn Allen pulled up for an open 3 early in the second half at LSU, he'd been limited to just three shots and had not scored a point.

Allen's fourth shot went down — a moment LSU coach Will Wade called “the biggest play of the game.”

“He saw the first one go in and it was over...

2019 Football Schedule

8/31 Miami (Orl) TBD
9/07 UT Martin TBD
9/28 Towson TBD
10/12 @LSU TBD
10/19 @ SO CAR TBD
11/30 FSU TBD

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