GAINESVILLE -- There's plenty of nourishment for everyone.
THANK YOU SIR, MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?
The nation's top ranked men's basketball team clinched the Southeastern Conference regular season title without even taking the court Thursday evening.
No. 1 Florida earned a share of the SEC title following its win at Vanderbilt on Tuesday, but with No. 17 Kentucky falling at home to Arkansas the Gators won their third outright league championship (2011, 2013, 2014) in the past four seasons.
By virtue of winning the league title, Billy Donovan's team will be a No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament, have a double-bye and open the quarterfinal round Friday afternoon (March 14; 1 p.m.) in Atlanta (Georgia Dome).
The Gators host the LSU Tigers this Saturday (4 p.m., CBS) with a chance to extend its 20-game winning streak and cut down the nets in front of their home crowd.
According to Florida's resident in-house wordsmith…
We should have more on Hill's status later this afternoon after meeting with Donovan.
BRACKETOLOGY No. 391,736.0
Couple updated mock brackets… The Gators are No. 1 seed in the South Region (Orlando) in Jerry Palm's latest field of 68. Florida also remains the top seed in the South Region in Joe Lunardi's updated bracket.
FREEBIE FLAWS PERSIST
Florida had a nice four-game stretch at the charity stripe before a dreadful performance at the line nearly cost the Gators in Nashville.
UF's 12 attempts against Vandy were a season-low, while shooting 58 percent (7-of-12) from the stripe was its second-worst effort at the line this season.
The Gators, thanks in large part to senior center Patric Young's dramatic improvement at the free throw line, had coupled four-straight games -- including three close road tilts -- over 77 percent.
(at) Tennessee - 77.3 % (17-of-22)
(at) Kentucky 78.8 % (22-of-28)
Auburn 82.1 % (23-of-28)
(at) Ole Miss 78.9 % (15-of-19)
Young, a career 57 percent free throw shooter, is 26 for his last 34 (76 percent) at the charity stripe.
FOOTBALL SCHEDULE UPDATES
Florida and Florida State officially renewed their annual series through 2018, UF announced Thursday.
The two state rivals have played annually since 1958 and their current contract was set to expire after the 2014 season. The Gators will host the Seminoles in 2015 and 2017, while they will travel to Tallahassee in 2016 and 2018.
Meanwhile, Florida also announced an addition to its 2015 schedule, adding a September 12 home game against East Carolina. This made a former Gator Clause blogger quite happy.
* The Curious Case of DFS - Late last week I called Finney-Smith UF's X-factor and following a dismal month he responded with a terrific (and game-saving) effort against the Commodores. DFS (19 points) outscored Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin and Michael Frazier II combined (18 points).
Enjoy the afternoon, everybody.
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