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Bait & Bits: Big Day in Florida Gators Sports, Volleyball, and Cross Country

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University of Arkansas-Little Rock Head Coach Steve Shields. The Trojans Head Coach Steve Shields leads the Sun-Belt with 92 career conference wins and is second with a .554 winning percentage in conference play. Shields, in his 11th season, is UALR’s all-time wins leader at 164. In 18 years, UF Head Coach Billy Donovan has 416 wins at Florida and 451 career wins.

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Volleyball Swept by Missouri. In the first ever volleyball meeting between two top-10 teams in the O’Connell Center, the seventh-ranked Missouri Tigers swept the No. 5 Florida Gators, 3-0. The Tigers stay perfect on the season at 30-0 and the Gators drop to 23-3, with two-out-of-three loses coming at the hands of Mizzou. The only other loss on the season for UF was against then-number one-ranked Penn State. Over 5,000 fans came out to support the Orange and Blue at the O’Dome.

Men’s Cross Country Advances in NCAA Tournament. For the second time in three years, Florida’s Men’s Cross Country advanced to the NCAA Championships, finishing second as a team. Senior Mark Parrish and junior Jimmy Clark finished first and second respectively, while junior Eddie Garcia finished ninth overall as all three received USTFCCCA All-South Region honors. Parrish became the Gators’ second ever NCAA South Region National Champion with a personal best of 29.44.24 in the 10k. Women’s Cross Country finished fourth overall, with Cory McGee and Agata Strausa picking up USTFCCCA All-South Region honors. The UF women’s team won’t know their fate until Sunday when at-large teams find out if they made it to the NCAA Tournament.

Busy Day in Florida Sports. The sixth-ranked Gators’ soccer team kicks off the action against the Jacksonville Dolphins in the opening round of the NCAA Championships. Florida, the SEC’s regular season champions, comes in as the No. 2 seed in the region and Jacksonville earned the Atlantic Sun’s automatic bid. The match starts at 2 pm at James G. Pressly Stadium on the UF campus.

No. 11 Florida basketball continues the day at 4:30 pm in the O’Connell Center. The Gators play the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans. Both teams are coming off losses with Florida losing at Wisconsin Tuesday and UALR dropping their season-opener at North Florida Monday. Florida beat North Florida in their season-opener last Friday, 77-69. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Florida.

In the nightcap, Florida football takes on the eleventh-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC. South Carolina can still win the SEC East by winning out and having Missouri lose one of their last two games. Meanwhile, Florida comes in on the schnide as losers of four straight games. Without a win against the Gamecocks or the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles, the Gators streak of 23 consecutive bowl games would end. The game can be seen on ESPN2. Get all the pregame information you need here.

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