How Florida matches up with Purdue

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The Boilermakers are far from the tallest team Florida has played this season. Carl Landry is the inside presence and goes 6-foot-7. But he is one of those players who imposes his will on you. I talked to...

Nevada forward not overly impressive

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We tend to get provincial covering the SEC so Friday was a chance to see a highly touted player from another part of the country - Nevada's 6-foot-11 forward Nick Fazekas.I had been warned by a Nevada beat writer...

Horford is coming around

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I'm watching practice at the New Orleans Arena, but mostly I'm watching Al Horford. After suffering another ankle tweak against Arkansas on Sunday, Horford is one of the big questions for the Gators. But I can tell...

Tourney not buzzing yet in New Orleans

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The first time you walk into the site for an NCAA Tournament first round is still exhilarating. You have no idea how long the ride will last, which is part of the thrill. The city has little buzz...

Ah, The Big Easy

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It wasn't until I started walking down Bourbon Street that it hit me howlong it has been since I've been to New Orleans. The media that coversFlorida used to be here all the time. I made trips here...

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

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On a radio show I was on the other day, someone was making fun of Joakim Noah's looks, which bugs me for a lot of reasons. I went all sensitive on the dude and told him there is more to a...

Breaking down UF’s bracket

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The No. 1 seed overall and a top seed for the first time in school history, the target on their backs won't be anything unusual for these Florida Gators. I was talking to one of UF's assistants during the SEC Tournament and...

Dancing with the stars

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Florida's best in the NCAA Tournament POINTS Player Gms. Pts. Udonis Haslem 12 157 Brett Nelson 11 121 Vernon Maxwell 5 118 Mike Miller 9 112 Corey Brewer 8 103 Joakim Noah 7 97 REBOUNDS Player Gms. Rebs. Al Horford 8 69 Mike Miller 9 68 Udonis Haslem 12 60 Joakim Noah 7...

It’s a family affair

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I think she's crazy. But she was right. At halftime of Florida's semifinal win, my wife packed my daughter in the car and headed for Atlanta, figuring that if Mississippi rallied she could turn around north of Lake City. That wasn't necessary. So she...

SEC All-stars vs. Gators?

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Think CBS was rooting for Florida today? This was hardly the semifinal they were looking for today. And an ole Miss-Mississippi State final? The ratings would be somewhere below re-runs of "The Tony Danza Show." On the ride home...

Multi-tasking in Atlanta

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You look forward to this tournament for weeks and then you find yourself missing out on some of the biggest plays. Such is life in the multi-tasking world of sports journalism. On Thursday, 10 minutes into Kentucky-Alabama, I get a...

Looking back on day one

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Like it often is, the first day of the SEC Tournament had some dog games, but the day was rescued by the fascinating theatre of a game that went past midnight. LSU-Tennessee was a gem not just because it went to overtime...

My Favorite Event

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Of all of the events I have covered in a very fortunate career as a sportswriter, this is my favorite " the SEC Tournament. I know, you're thinking I've lost my mind. This isn't even the biggest tournament in March....