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South Carolina Baseball. After yesterday’s losses to Kentucky and Mississippi State, two of the SEC’s biggest powers this season will face off once again. Florida and South Carolina played a three game series in Columbia earlier this season with the Gators taking two out of three. Now UF is hoping to eliminate the Gamecocks from the SEC tournament and in turn keep its hopes of sweeping the SEC Championship alive. First pitch is likely at 2:30 pm.
Billy Donovan Spoke to NBA Teams. And that’s all he’s going to say about that. I don’t blame him. He’s a pretty hot commodity around coaching with how he’s built the Florida program basically from the ground up. There will always be that “what-if” if Billy D doesn’t test the NBA waters. But he’s on a roll right now and I’m not sure going to a struggling NBA franchise is the answer at this point. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)
Damontre Harris No Longer at UF. I know he was technically at the University of Florida and on the men’s basketball team at one point, but let’s be honest: Damontre Harris never really had much of an impact in Gainesville due to his immaturity and stupidity. Florida’s basketball team this past year was downright stingy on defense. Imagine how much better it would have been with a rim protector like Harris on that back line. The Gators have done a good job replacing him, however, with Michigan transfer Jon Horford this year and USF transfer John Egbunu next year. I just can’t help but think “what if”. (Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports)
Baseball Locked into National Seed? No matter what happens in Hoover today, Florida is likely to get a top-8 national seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. That would mean they would host a Regional and a Super Regional (should they make it that far). That’s good news for an extremely young team. (Kendall Rogers, Perfect Game)
Olivia Janowicz Advances in NCAA Tournament. In the opening round of the singles edition of the NCAA Tournament, Florida’s Olivia Janowicz advanced to the round of 32 by defeating Santa Clara’s Katie Le in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2. Janowicz now faces Oklahoma State’s Viktoriya Lushkova. (GatorZone)
Women’s Golf Improves at NCAA Championship. Florida’s golf team rebounded with a 13 stroke improvement in day two of the NCAA Championship. It seems like such an improvement would help the Gators jump a couple of spots, but they remained tied for 16th after two rounds of play. (GatorZone)