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Florida Gators softball preview for the Auburn series

The No. 2 ranked Florida Gators softball team went a perfect 4-0 last week and run-ruled USF on Wednesday night to start this week off on a high note.

The Gators take their 27-1 record and 19 game winning streak into a tough home series against number 4 ranked Auburn this weekend.

This weekend the Gators will take on an Auburn team who is 27-3 and 2-1 in conference play.

Entering this weekend the SEC has 10 teams ranked in the top 25 and Missouri is just outside of the top 25 this weekend.

How the teams have fared in conference play:

Florida comes...

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No. 12 Florida Gators host No. 5 LSU at McKethan Stadium

The No. 12 Florida Gators (14-8, 0-3 SEC) return home to McKethan Stadium following four consecutive road games. Kevin O’Sullivan’s ballclub plays host this weekend to No. 5 LSU (17-5, 3-0 SEC) this weekend.

The Gators stumbled on the road last weekend, dropping all three games to start the 2017 SEC conference schedule at Auburn. LSU, on the other hand, was on the other end of a sweep, taking all three games at home against Georgia last weekend and shutout Southeastern Louisiana 8-2 on Wednesday night.

Weekend schedule/pitching matchups:

Friday, 7 p.m....

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Florida Gators looking for sweet redemption at Madison Square Garden

The Florida Gators basketball team gets a rare opportunity on Friday as it will take the court at Madison Square Garden for the second time in a single season.

Following Florida’s 84-74 loss to Duke in its first game at The Garden back in early December, it was a question as to whether the Gators would be a strong enough team to return to New York in March for the Sweet 16 or not.

Florida did not play a bad game there the first time, but it didn’t exactly play that well either. Duke picked Florida’s defense apart, finishing with the second-most points scored against the Gators all...

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Catching up with Florida Gators basketball commit Okauru

Coach Mike White and the Florida Gators coaching staff did a great job putting together the 2017 recruiting class. A key member of the class is Raleigh, North Carolina native Michael Okauru. The 6’3 185lb point guard decided to attend Brewster Academy in New Hampshire for his senior season to help elevate his game

A staple in Okauru’s game is pushing the ball in transition and looking to make things happen for his teammates.

“I am an up-tempo guard who likes to push the ball in transition and get my teammates involved," Okauru said. "I just try to do everything that it takes to...

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Feleipe Franks has “come along way” since last O&B game

He’d be one of the first to admit it. When it was his time to get in and play during the 2016 Orange and Blue Debut his head was still spinning. The playbook, the new faces, everything about playing quarterback at this level was still overwhelming to Feleipe Franks.

It showed.

Franks, a highly sought after recruit, threw three interceptions before fining C’yontai Lewis for the game’s final touchdown late in the fourth quarter. It was a disastrous introduction to a fan base that was eagerly anticipating its first glimpse at their freshman quarterback.

“I think it was a case of...

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An offer from UF would be huge for Bonitto: Florida Gators recruiting

Last Saturday was a big day for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 as the coaching staff hosted double-digit prospects on campus for the class.

Defensive end/linebacker Nik Bonitto (6-2, 204, Fort Lauderdale, FL. St. Thomas Aquinas) was one of those on campus and he got to speak to several coaches.

“It went well,” Bonitto said of his Florida visit on Saturday. “We toured the school and then got to watch practice. I got talk to all of the coaches like Coach [Randy] Shannon, Coach [Jim] Mac and Coach [Tim] Skip.”

Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon spoke with Bonitto on...

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What is the Florida Gators quarterback battle like?

Steve Spurrier is in the Florida Gators football offices. He has his own office at the end of the hall in the communications wing and occasionally meets with the football coaches to talk ball, watch film and stay around the team. He isn’t, however, making decisions about personnel; so don’t expect to see Jim McElwain and Doug Nussmeier playing on the quarterback carousel that Spurrier set up with Noah Brindise and Doug Johnson in 1997.

For the first time since they’ve been together in Gainesville Nussmeier and McElwain will have a quarterback under center that they recruited to run...

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Florida Gators impressed Gouraige and his mother on Saturday

This past weekend was a big weekend for the Florida Gators on the recruiting front as several big instate targets were on campus watching the Gators practice on Saturday.

Offensive lineman Richard Gouraige (6-5, 271, Tampa, FL. Cambridge Christian School) was one of those guys on campus and it was a successful visit for the lineman.

“I loved it, it was a great experience,” Gouraige said of his Florida visit. “Talking to Coach [Brad] Davis and Coach Mac made it a great time. We got to sit down with all of the coaches, talk to the players, watch film and then we went to the...

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Sweet 16 preview and more for the Florida Gators: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we're joined by Zach Hughes who helps us recap the Florida Gators basketball team's Sweet 16 berth, plus preview the game against Wisconsin.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre ask Hughes what it's going to take for the Gators to beat Wisconsin and also how the Gators big men are playing lately.

Andrew and Nick also recap the Florida Gators football team's latest practices, plus how the diamond sports did this past weekend on the road.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew...

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Florida Gators need extra innings to beat Stetson

Freshman Kirby McMullen earned his second win of the season and scored the go-ahead run in the 11th Tuesday. It wasn’t pretty, but the Florida Gators (14-8) ended its three-game losing streak with a 9-8 extra inning win over the Stetson Hatters (8-15).

Coming off of a strong start against Florida State Nate Brown drew the rare road start for a freshman. Brown wasn’t sharp early on, giving up a run in the first inning. Brown gave up five hits over 2.1 innings before Nick Horvath took over in the third. Horvath got out of a jam in the third and held Stetson scoreless in the fourth....

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Florida Gators tasked with countering Wisconsin’s experience and size

Playing in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament is a dream most young basketball players aspire to make a reality, but very few get the opportunity to do so. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of the ones who do.

Well, except for the players at Wisconsin over the last four years. For them, making the Sweet 16 is business as usual.

Since 2014, Wisconsin has accumulated more NCAA Tournament wins (13) than any other team. The Badgers have four consecutive Sweet 16 appearances, two Final Four appearances and a National Championship appearance in that time.

Wisconsin brings in...

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Florida Gators early enrollees earning early praise

Enrolling at college early is a sacrifice but it’s a move that is already paying dividends for several new Florida Gators.

They should be enjoying the last few months of high school, getting ready for prom and hanging out with their friends but instead graduated high school early and are cramming in the film room, studying a new playbook and sweating next to a new group of friend out on the practice field in Gainesville.

On Monday Jim McElwain singled out Kemore Gamble and Kadeem Telfort as two freshmen that are taking advantage of the head start they earned themselves over the rest of...

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Jim McElwain using Florida basketball as example for football

Jim McElwain is a basketball nut, something he’s never tried to hide, so you can imagine his excitement during March Madness.

In his first press conference in a week, McElwain opened up talking about how excited he was for Mike White and the Florida Gators basketball team, as well as how well the SEC has done in the tournament.

Mac is a fan, he’s going to watch as much college hoops as he can, but he is also using what White and the men’s basketball team is doing as a teaching tool for his team.

“My hat's off to how our guys are playing. Mike's got those guys playing...

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Gators take the lead for Martin: Florida Gators recruiting

Saturday was a big day for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 as the coaching staff hosted several big targets for the class.

Running back Asa Martin (6-0, 193, Decatur, AL. Austin) was on campus and the visit lived up to his expectations he says.

“Overall, I loved it, it was everything I wanted it to be,” Martin said of how his Florida visit. “I loved it, we were there for most of Friday and all of Saturday. I got to hang out with the coaches, I talked to most all of them. I got to watch them workout and practice some. I hung out with some of the players and some of the...

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Auburn Tigers sweep No. 5 Florida Gators

The Florida Gators’ bats have struggled all season but they’ve been able to count on their pitching staff and their defense through the first five weeks of the 2017 season. The gloves let them down as the Auburn Tigers were able to finish off a sweep of the Gators (13-8, 0-3 SEC) on Sunday afternoon.

Florida committed a season-high three errors on the day, including throwing error by pitcher Frank Rubio that allowed the winning run cross the plate in the bottom of the ninth.

“Frank went the wrong way on a bunt play, he should have went to the first base line because JJ's got to...

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Waggoner picks up a spring break offer: Florida Gators recruiting

A lot of schools around the country are on spring break, which gives more prospects on the Florida Gators recruiting board the chance to see the Gators go through spring practice.

On Saturday, defensive end John Waggoner (6-5, 230, West Des Moines, IA. Dowling Catholic) took advantage of that and visited the Gators.

“It was good,” Waggoner said. “We first toured all of the facilities and looked at the academic center which is really nice. Then we went to watch practice, which was very competitive. After that, I spoke with Coach [Chris] Rumph and Coach [Jim] McElwain and that...

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Leon leads Florida Gators basketball to blowout win

It was all Gators in Orlando, as the Florida Gators basketball team propelled its way into the Sweet 16 with its huge 65-39 win over the Virginia Cavaliers.
It was supposed to be a low scoring squad between these struggling offenses and efficient defenses and for the most it was all Florida on the offensive end. The Cavaliers only had 17 points in the first half which is the lowest it has been held to all season. For the Gators it was Devin Robinson and Justin Leon who helped the Gators first half. KeVaughn Allen remained cold for the time being. Florida concerted on a last second bucket...

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McElwain’s beard and personality impressed Smith on Saturday

The Florida Gators had a rare Saturday practice this weekend and they had several prospects on campus to watch that practice.

Safety C.J. Smith (6-2, 193, West Palm Beach, FL. Oxbridge Academy) was one of those guys on campus and he got to see a lot of things on Saturday.

“It was pretty good, everything went smooth,” Smith said. “We got to tour the facilities, the academic places, talk to the coaches and watch spring practice. They were in full pads and we got to watch a couple of inside runs and a couple of one-on-ones.”

The Gators have hosted Smith before but this was the...

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Getting to know Virginia: Florida Gators basketball

Getting to Know Virginia

The Florida Gators will square off against the Virginia Cavaliers in the round of 32 Saturday night in Orlando. Virginia holds a record of 23-10(11-7). Just like Florida, Virginia was pegged by many as a first round upset favorite. The Cavaliers found themselves in tough position in the first half down 15, but terrific play from London Perrantes and 3pt shooting helped lead the team to a 76-71 win against UNCW.

Florida and Virginia are similar in the fact that both teams identity is found in defense. Virginia leads the nation in scoring defense...

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UF helps itself with Sherwood on Thursday: Florida Gators recruiting

On Thursday, a big target for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 visited campus to see the Gators spring practice.

Safety Jamien Sherwood (6-2, 195, Jensen Beach, FL. High) visited Florida with his coach and got to see a lot of what Florida has to offer.

“It was great, I enjoyed every part of it,” Sherwood said. “When I first got there we went inside the stadium and then met Coach JaJuan [Seider], Coach Kerry [Dixon], Coach [Randy] Shannon, Coach [Chris] Rumph and Coach [Jim] McElwain. Then they took us on a tour and we saw the facilities, the classrooms, and the tutoring...

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Florida Gators open SEC play at Auburn

The No. 5 Florida Gators (13-5) hit the road to kick off Southeastern Conference play this weekend against the Auburn Tigers (14-5) at Plainsman Park.

Florida, picked to finish first in the SEC by the league’s coaches are coming off of a midweek win over instate rival Florida State. Auburn played two midweek games, blanking UAB 4-0 and blasting Jacksonville State 10-1 on Wednesday.

Weekend schedule/Pitching matchups

Friday: (SEC Network +) RHP Alex Faedo (3-0, 1.37 ERA) vs. RHP Keegan Thompson (3-0, 0.64 ERA)
Saturday: (SEC Network +) RHP Brady Singer...

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Robinson leads Florida Gators to tournament win over ETSU

The Florida Gators came into Thursday’s Round of 64 game as the pick to be the first upset of the NCAA Tournament. With chips on their shoulders, the Gators finished the game strong to defeat the East Tennessee State Buccaneers 80-65.

It was Florida’s first NCAA Tournament win since 2014. With the win, the Gators advance to the second round to play the University of Virginia. No. 5 seed UVA just held on to defeat No. 12 seed UNC Wilmington earlier in the day.

“It feels good,” said junior forward Devin Robinson. “Knowing that we lost three or four games and we were picked to be...

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Florida Gators basketball advances past ETSU

Mike White and the University of Florida Gators notched its first NCAA tournament win since 2014 with an impressive 80-65 win over East Tennessee University.

Devin Robinson had two monster dunks and took a charge to give the Gators all the momentum in under a two-minute span. But after the timeout, the Gators returned to bad habits and went 0/8 from three point range until Kasey Hill sunk a last second three to put the Gators up 33-30 as time expired on the shot clock.

To end the half, ETSU, shot 14/29 from the floor and 4/11 from beyond the arc. It was TJ Cramer who led ETSU in score...

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Keys for the Florida Gators to make a NCAA Tournament run

The Florida Gators will be entering the NCAA with a huge chip on their shoulder. Losing three out the last five games, and two of them being to Vanderbilt, is a major reason. Many people are viewing the 4-12 matchup between Florida and ETSU as an upset waiting to happen. The Gators are focused and ready to prove to the doubters wrong. Here are some keys to Florida being able to make a run in the tournament.

Defensive Intensity

Florida has been among one of the best defensive teams in the nation all season. Smothering defense has been the reason for many wins and also...

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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators shutout Florida State

McKethan Stadium was the stage for two top-five teams when the newly ranked No. 1 Florida State Seminoles traveled to Gainesville to take on the No. 5 Florida Gators in the Sunshine State Showdown.

Both teams were coming off of weekend series’ where they triumphed 2-1.

The Gators have had a lot of success over the Noles, winners of eight of the last nine and 13 of the last 16 matchups. That success continued on Tuesday with a 1-0 shutout win. To date the Gators have shutout Florida State in 31 consecutive innings.

Last night it was a check swing single off the bat of Mark Kolozsvary...

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Florida Gators basketball set for an interesting matchup with ETSU

Less than 24 hours separates the Florida Gators from tipping off against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 13-seed Bucs have earned a spot in the tournament for the first time in seven seasons in the first year under head coach Steve Forbes. Florida brings nothing but respect in for its competitive mid-major opponent.

“They’ve got a high-major caliber team and I know they’ll prove that tomorrow, that they’re very worthy of being in the NCAA Tourney, of course,” said Florida head coach Mike White. “They’ve got an SEC staff,...

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Florida Gators baseball blanks No. 1 Seminoles

In the box score it looks like a line drive and that’s how Mark Kolozsvary will remember his go-ahead single in the seventh inning.

The excuse me swing gave the Gators a 1-0 lead that they would hold on to, handing the newly anointed No. 1 team in the country its fourth loss of the season.

The No. 5 Florida Gators were struggling to figure out Florida State starter Andrew Karp. The junior righty had struck out nine batters heading into the seventh and was cruising. Jonathan India got a fastball over the plate, lacing it into the right-center gap for a one-out double before Karp struck...

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Florida Gators are “number one” for Valentine after his visit

Tuesday was a busy day on the Florida Gators campus as the coaching staff hosted several prospects on campus and they were able to watch practice.

One of those guys was running back Lavonte Valentine (6-2, 190, Melbourne, FL. Melbourne Central Catholic) who got to see a lot on Tuesday.

“It was pretty good, I liked everything about it on both the football and track side,” Valentine said of Tuesday’s visit. “They showed me some of the academics too, it was pretty good. The first thing we did was talk to all of the coaches, and then we toured the Swamp. We got to see the new...

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Florida Gators show off Outback Bowl rings

The Florida Gators kicked off spring practice before the University of Florida broke for spring break. When the players returned to campus on Sunday Jim McElwain and the coaching staff had a surprise waiting for the players. During the team meal on Sunday McElwain surprised the players with championship rings.

“Well-deserved,” McElwain said. “Back-to-back SEC champs in the East. That’s something that is no small feat.”

Always thanking God for the opportunities that he has put in my life Back to back SEC East champions i love this team 🐊🏈

Watt planning to see the Florida Gators this spring

The Florida Gators have done an excellent job of upgrading the receiver position since Jim McElwain arrived but they’re still looking for that tall and long receiver.

So far in the 2018 class, the Gators offered several guys that fit that bill including receiver Dominick Watt (6-1, 200, Hollywood, FL. McArthur) who says he speaks to Florida regularly.

“I’m still talking to Florida a lot,” Watt said. “I talk with Coach [Kerry] Dixon, Coach [Jim] McElwain, Coach [JaJuan] Seider and really everybody on the coaching staff. They all hit me up at different times.”

Watt picked up...

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