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What happened to the Florida Gators basketball team?

My vacation is almost over, but I had to come out of my self-imposed cave to write a quick blog about the UF men's basketball team. South Alabama 67, Florida 66?

After a loss to Richmond in the Orange Bowl Classic, the Gators responded with a loss to South Alabama at O'Connell Center. Has anyone over the last three seasons been more unlucky than UF coach Billy Donovan? First he couldn't win with Marreese Speights, then he couldn't win with Nick Calathes, now Donovan just can't win in the final weeks of December 2009.

Dan Werner had two points and five fouls against the South Alabama Jaguars. Chandler Parsons, playing despite an injury that requires rest to heal, was 1 of 8 from the field. Point guard Erving Walker was 0-6 from three-point range. Meanwhile, former UF point guard Jai Lucas is on the cover of ESPN.com's college basketball page this morning. Lucas is a bit player for No.2 Texas but his team hasn't lost a game this season.

The Gators don't play another meaningful basketball game until Jan.3, when UF travels to Raleigh, N.C., for a key non-conference away game against N.C. State. In between now and then is a six-day break for Christmas and then a two-game stretch against American (Dec. 28) and Presbyterian (Dec.30). Finding a few scorers between now and Jan.3 should be Donovan's top priority. Consider this: South Alabama shot 28.1 percent from the field in the second half and still defeated Florida at O'Connell Center.

-jo-

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