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Men’s Basketball vs. Vanderbilt. Before these last two seasons, Florida and Vanderbilt had met each other twice a season for every year since 1966. Vandy holds the series edge overall at 64-61, but the Gators are 23-12 under Billy Donovan. The Gators have also won five-of-six against the Commodores.
Three Spring Sports Ranked #1. Men’s basketball became the latest team to sit atop the rankings. Florida achieved that today as they beat Auburn and Ole Miss this past week. The Gators are ranked #1 for the first time since 2007 and this marks the latest in the season Florida has been top-ranked in men’s basketball (excluding final rankings of course). Florida picked up 47 of 67 first-place votes in the AP Poll and 24 of 32 from the Coaches Poll. Men’s basketball joins the SEC Champion men’s swimming and diving team, and softball teams in achieving the top overall ranking. Gymnastics is not far behind and could join them soon.
Kytra Hunter Hits 10 for 4th Time. Kytra Hunter and the Florida gymnastics team have been on an amazing run. Hunter hit a perfect 10 on the vault for the second straight week and was just fractions of a point away from perfection on the floor with a 9.975. The second-ranked Gators beat the No. 2 LSU Tigers 198.125-197.625. Florida’s score was their highest of the season. See the highlights below (h/t GatorZone)
Softball Sweeps, Tennis Splits, LAX Cruises, Women’s Basketball Falls. Despite being shortened due to inclement weather, Florida softball swept two games apiece from Indiana and Troy to move to 16-0 on the season. The final day of the Lipton Invitational hosted by the Gators was canceled because of rain. Florida did not get to play Coastal Carolina or Georgia Southern because of it. The women’s tennis team, ranked 5th in the nation, traveled out west to play St. Mary’s and Stanford. Florida won 4-0 versus #38 St. Mary’s, but were swept by third-ranked Stanford, 7-0. Seventh ranked lacrosse hosted Cincinnati and had no trouble with the Bearcats, defeating them 19-6. And despite Jaterra Bonds 20 points, the women’s basketball team fell at #4 South Carolina 69-55. With men’s swimming and diving picking up the SEC Championship and women’s s&d placing third, it was a pretty good weekend for Gators everywhere. See what head coach Gregg Troy had to say about the SEC title (h/t GatorZone):