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Big game in Gainesville

Posted on: February 23, 2010 3:31 pm

Billy Donovan doesn't need to beat Tennessee to prove he can edge Bruce Pearl.

The Florida coach has two national championship rings.

His 1-8 record against Pearl is secondary to that.

And yet tonight's tilt with the Vols is still huge because it's the first of a four-game stretch that'll likely determine their NCAA tournament fate. The UT game will be followed by a road game at Georgia (Saturday), a home game against Vanderbilt (March 2) and a road game at Kentucky (March 7). So 3-1 in this stretch is optimistic, 2-2 is reasonable and anything less will likely have the Gators on the verge of NIT reservations for the third consecutive season.

Right now, Florida is 19-8 overall, 8-4 in the SEC.

They're OK.

But they're far from safe with an RPI in the 50s.

So what's important isn't to see whether Donovan can improve to 2-8 against Pearl.

What's important is to see whether Florida can get this four-game stretch off to a good start.
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Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2010 5:44 pm

Big game in Gainesville

If they go 1-3, if the win is against UK (unlikely), does that make a difference?

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