|FOOTBALL Regular Season|
|Aug 31||vs Toledo||
|Sept 7||AT Miami||TBA|
|Sept 21||vs Tennessee||
|Sept 28||AT Kentucky||TBA|
|Oct 5||vs Arkansas||
|Oct 12||AT LSU||TBA|
|Oct 19||AT Missouri||
|Nov 2||AT Georgia||TBA|
|Nov 9||vs Vanderbilt||
|Nov 16||AT South Carolina||TBA|
|Nov 23||vs Georgia Southern||
|Nov 30||vs Florida State||BA|
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Florida's Billy Donovan is SEC coach of the year and Kentucky's Nerlens Noel is the top freshman and defensive player. The league released the awards and All-SEC teams on Tuesday.
Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has also been named Southeastern Conference player of the year by league coaches
Caldwell-Pope is the SEC's No. 2 scorer with 18.0 points a game. He's one of only 10 Division I players to score in double figures in every game.
Donovan led the Gators to the regular season SEC title for a fourth time.
Noel blocked 106 shots in 24 games before sustaining a season-ending knee injury on Feb. 12. He averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.
Kentucky teammate Kyle Wiltjer is Sixth Man of the Year while Florida's Patric Young earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
Kentucky jumped out to a quick 11-2 lead over the No. 11 Gators Saturday in the final game of the regular season, but Florida went to the press and solidified their shooting accuracy on a 7-0 run to get back in the contest.
Florida got their first lead of the game late in the first half, and entered halftime tied at 31-all.
The Wildcats came out fierce and fresh to start the second, but Willie Cauley-Stein picked up his fourth foul early, sending him to the bench and allowing Florida to drive to the basket with more ease.
The result was the Gators going on a 19-5 run to take their biggest lead of the game, seven points, which they held for several minutes as Kentucky began to get fatigued.
With 5:00 left on the clock, Archie Goodwin breathed life into the Wildcats, sparking a 7-0 run to knot it up with less than four minutes left in regulation.
As streaky as Florida was playing in front of a rowdy Rupp Arena, senior Erik Murphy played very well, finishing with 17 points and adding 10 rebounds.
As the clock began to wind down, the Gators appeared to get overwhelmed, turning the ball over possession after possession and were scoreless for the final 7:33 of play. A sound defensive effort kept Florida in the game, and Kentucky's offensive attack at bay.
With less than a minute left and nursing a one-point lead, Goodwin was sent to the line and made one-of-two FTs.
Errant shooting, lack of rebounding, and mistakes came back to haunt Florida once again as the Gators turned the ball over with 10.8 seconds left. The Wildcats' best free throw shooter Julius Mays made both, sealing the victory in Lexington for the home team.
The Gators clinched at least a share of the SEC regular season championship on Saturday when they defeteated Alabama, but won the title outright with the 66-40 rout of Vanderbilt Wednesday night. The 2012-13 conference title is Florida's second in the last three years.
The victory came on Senior Night as Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy, and Mike Rosario were all honored beforehand in a pre-game celebration.
Boyton is second on the Gators all-time leading scorer list, and has an outside shot of overtaking Ronnie Williams as the leader, but Florida would likely need to go deep into the NCAA Tournament. Boynton would also need to drastically improve on the 12.7 points per game he was averaging entering Wednesday's contest.
Against the Commordores, Boynton was Florida's leading scorer with 15 points, while Murphy added 10, and Patric Young chipped in 14. The third Gators senior, Rosario, had a disappointing five points.
The victory earned the Gators the No. 1 seed heading into next week's SEC Tournament and capped off a perfect season (15-0) at the O'Connell Center.
The Gators were at full strength Saturday afternoon defeating Alabama 64-52 as Wil Yeguete returned from surgery to remove pieces of floating cartilage in his right knee, Michael Frazier II was back after suffering a head injury against Arkansas last week, and Casey Prather who left Tuesday's game after taking a knee to the face which required five stitches.
No. 8 Florida, who went 4-3 in the previous seven games entering the Alabama contest, also needed some help from Kenny Boynton, who has been in a bit of a slump as of late, scoring only two points against the Volunteers.
Boynton answered the critics by becoming the Gators' second all-time leading scorer, surpassing Andrew Moten, scoring 13 in the contest. The senior guard trails the all-time school leader Ronnie Williams by over 100 points with two regular season games, the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tourney remaining in his final year.
Erik Murphy lead Florida with 15 points and Prather added 10 points and nine rebounds (most of which came in the second half), and Scottie Wilbekin chipped in with 11.
Fueled by Prather, who had a bandage on his laceration, the Gators went on a 15-0 run late in the second half to pull away from the Tide and remain unbeaten at home.
Florida outscored Alabama 23-5 over the final 10 minutes and was 22 of 26 from the charity stripe, but the Gators' three-point woes continue - making only 2 of 13 from behind the arc.
Next up, the Gators will host Vanderbilt on Wednesday at 8:00pm. Catch the action on 620 WDAE.
The Gators received some good news after they lost to Tennessee on Tuesday, as Prather, Yeguete and Frazier were all cleared for practice Thursday.
This is the first time the Gators have been at full strength since February 5th when Junior forward Will Yeguete left the game early, eventually undergoing surgery to remove pieces of floating cartilage in his right knee. The absence of key players have taken a toll on the #8 ranked Gators as they have gone 4-3 in the last seven games.
In the loss to the Volunteers, the Gators could have used the SEC's top 3-point shooter Michael Frazier II who is shooting 49% from behind the arc.
Junior forward Casey Prather left Tuesdays game after taking a knee to the face which required five stitches, but was medically cleared to play Wednesday.
The Gators looks like they will have their complete 8-man rotation for their upcoming game against Alabama.
Tune into our sister station 1250 WHNZ and listen live as Florida (22-5, 12-3) takes on Alabama (19-9, 11-4) on Saturday in Gainesville.
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