|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|
It was a dogfight all night in Knoxville as the Volunteers of Tennessee shocked the #8 Florida Gators with a 64-58 win. The Vols led by the red hot 6’5 junior guard Jordan McRae with 27 points as Tennessee wins their sixth straight as Billy Donovan’s group falls for the fifth time this season.
McRae who came in averaging 28.5 points per game in his last two games showcased his skills on a short handed Gators team. Florida was without Michael Frazier II who suffered a concussion in Saturday night’s game against Arkansas. The Gators were also without Will Yeguete for a sixth straight game, leaving Donovan with an eight-man squad for the contest.
Florida jumped out to an early lead on the road starting the game on a 10-2 run, the lead would not last long as Jordon McRae went to work. McRae scored 17 of the Vols 35 first half points, including at one point scoring eight straight points for the Vols. McRae didn’t slow down in the second half as he continued to pour it on the Gators.
The Gators simply didn’t match up well in the paint as the aggressive Vols dominated the boards with 40 to the Gators 29, including 13 offensive rebounds. Tennessee’s three point lead only needed time in the second half to grow up to a lead of eight as Tennessee hands the Gators a tough loss on the road.
Mike Rosario led the Gators with 16 points. Patric Young finished with 15 for Florida, and Kenny Boynton with a rough night scoring only 2 points on 1-7 shooting. The Gators fall to 5-5 on the season when they score less than 70 points in a game (17-0 when scoring 70+). Florida has lost two of its last three games.
The Gators (22-5, 12-3 SEC) will look to rebound at home on Saturday afternoon against Alabama. You can hear the game on 1250am WHNZ beginning at 11:25am.
Florida got revenge against Arkansas Saturday but might not necessarily have enjoyed it as much as they'd like.
That's because Michael Frazier III, the former Plant High star, had to leave with a concussion.
"I don't know when he'll be back," said Gator head coach Billy Donovan. Apparently Frazier knocked his head against the knee of teammate Scottie Wilbekin.
Donovan said Frazier was "knocked out on the floor" by the incident.
Until Will Yeguete returns -- he's already missed five games due to a knee injury -- the Gators have just six healthy regulars.
Facing the possibility of becoming the No. 1 team in the country, the Gators' fell from third to seventh in the NCAA rankings after losing to Arkansas 80-69 earlier in the month.
Florida was prepared for the Razorbacks in Gainesville Saturday evening, jumping out to a 7-0 lead and never looking back.
At the O'Connell Center, the Gators were without Wil Yeguete who was injured in the first matchup and recently had arthoscopic knee surgery and lost their best perimeter shot, Michael Frazier II, in Saturday's contest after the SEC's leading three-point shooter sustained a concussion in a loose ball scramble in the second half.
With the win, the Gators move to 22-4 (12-2 SEC) on the season, but their No. 5 ranking could be in jeopardy following a loss at Missouri Tuesday night.
Mike Rosario lead Florida with 15 points, while Patric Young was just behind him with 14 points and seven rebounds as the Gators outscored the Razorbacks 42-18 in the paint.
Next up, Florida will play Tennessee in Knoxville Tuesday night, with just four games remaining before the SEC Tournament, which begins March 13.
Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy is cleared of marijuana possession after the State Attorney's Office in Gainesville Friday revealed there was a lack of evidence.
Purifoy was a passenger in a car that was pulled over around midnight Feb. 3. According to police there was a bag of marijuana in the car. But it could not be proven to whom the pot belonged.
GAINESVILLE, FL (University of Florida Communications) - University of Florida 2008 and 2012 swimming Olympian Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) and two-time All American and 2012 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Winner and Dick Howser Trophy recipient Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) will be honored as recipients of the 2012 Ben Hill Griffin Award for their overall contributions to the Gator athletics program and Gainesville community last year. The 2011 winner as well, Zunino becomes the first Gator baseball player to receive the Ben Hill Griffin Award twice.
Established by Gator Boosters, Inc., and the University of Florida Athletic Association, the award honors the top male and female student-athlete at the University of Florida and is named after Ben Hill Griffin and his family, who have been long-time avid supporters and fans of Gator athletics. The Ben Hill Griffin award is based primarily on athletic achievement; academic achievement and extra-curricular involvement are also considered.
A nine-time All-American in the pool, a 2011 World Champion and the 2012 SEC Female Swimmer of the Year, Beisel led the Gators to a 10th-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships last season, winning the 200-yard backstroke individual national championship. She became one of five swimmers in the country ever to swim the 200 back under 1:50.00, joining fellow Gator and current UF volunteer assistant coach Gemma Spofforth and swimmers Elizabeth Pelton, Natalie Coughlin and Kate Fesenko.
Beisel additionally notched a team-best four All-SEC honors at the 2012 SEC Championships, where she broke her own SEC Championships record in the 400 IM, when she touched in 3:58.35 - the first sub-four minute effort of her career. The Gator Olympian picked up three SEC titles last year, bringing her career tally to five overall.
Beisel first represented the Red, White and Blue in the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she placed fourth overall in the 400m IM, touching in at 4:31.78, while taking fifth in the in the 200m back with a 2:08.16. In 2012, Beisel returned to
Beisel was also successful in the classroom for the Orange and Blue, as she was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large First Team during her sophomore season.
Zunino left his mark on the Florida baseball program, both on and off the field. He is currently among the 18 non-roster invitees to the Seattle Mariners spring training camp after being selected with the No. 3 overall pick in last June's Major League Baseball Draft, the highest selection in school history.
The recipient of the 2012 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the Dick Howser Trophy and the Johnny Bench Award, Zunino batted .373 (41-for-110) with 35 RBI, 29 runs, 10 homers and 10 doubles in 29 games for the Everett (Wash.) AquaSox, the Class A short-season affiliate of the Mariners, before hitting .333 (17-for-51) with eight RBI, six runs, four doubles and three homers in 15 games for the Jackson (Tenn.) Generals of the Double-A Southern League. Playing for Peoria of the Arizona Fall League, Zunino was a key cog in the Javelinas' run to the league title and was named to the
Zunino was Florida's "Triple Crown" winner last season in helping the Gators to their third-consecutive NCAA College World Series appearance, leading the team in batting average (.322), RBI (67) and homers (19). The Cape Coral, FL native paced the
According to the final 2012 NCAA statistics, Zunino was first nationally in sacrifice flies, third in doubles, fourth in round-trippers, fifth in total bases, ninth in doubles per game, 10th in RBI and 11th in slugging percentage. A two-time, first-team All-SEC recipient and two-time member of the league's All-Defensive Team, the three-year starter registered a .994 fielding percentage in his final campaign, with three errors in 510 chances, and threw out 20 runners who attempted to steal on him.
Zunino became the first Gator catcher to be voted as a first-team All-American twice. He batted .327 in 193 career games, including 188 starts. His total of 17 sacrifice flies matches Mario Linares' (1988-91) for the most by a UF player, he ranks fourth on the school's all-time list in both doubles (58) and homers (47), occupies sixth in slugging percentage (.620) and RBI (175) and rates seventh in total bases (425). Zunino also totaled 224 hits, scored 159 runs, drew 72 walks and was 24-of-30 on stolen-base attempts. His sterling fielding percentage of .995 is second on the school's career chart, as well as his 1,340 putouts. He committed just eight errors in 1,473 total chances. The Gators posted a 147-56 (.724) record over his three seasons, the top three-year performance in the program's existence.
Zunino contributed to the Gainesville community and beyond, assisting with the annual Climb for Cancer event, coupled with visits to the Shands Hospital pediatric care unit and to local elementary schools to mentor local Gainesville community children. He was also involved with the Friends of Jaclyn organization, as the Gator baseball team has adopted a 'teammate.' Friends of Jaclyn matches children who have brain tumors with high school and college athletic teams to provide support for the child and spread awareness of brain tumors throughout the community. UF Baseball added Nick Gehlman in 2010 to mentor through the Friends of Jaclyn mission.
Beisel and Zunino will be honored with the Ben Hill Griffin Award at the 2013 Hall of Fame Banquet, to be held on Friday April 5, in the Holloway Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.