Fastbreak: Late surge can’t save Florida’s season-worst shooting effort in loss to Vanderbilt

Just three days after breaking out in a major way for the first time this season, Florida Gators basketball broke down.

Florida (13-7, 5-3 SEC) suffered an game-ending injury moments into the contest and posted its worst shooting percentage on the season, playing awful basketball for 39 of Tuesday night’s 40-minute game before ultimately falling 60-59 to the Vanderbilt Commodores (12-8, 4-4 SEC) at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tennessee.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s embarrassing loss with eight quick-hitters:

It was over when: Commodores guard Wade Baldwin IV made two free throws with seven seconds remaining to push the hosts up four points and put the game out of reach. The Gators actually trailed by eight with a minute to play but somehow made shots over the final 55 seconds that they were unable to the rest of the contest. UF went 5-for-7 from the field with 11 straight points from freshman guard KeVaughn Allen (including a trio of three-pointers) over the final 55 seconds of the game.

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Will Muschamp hires Gators linebacker, strength assistant Mike Peterson away from Florida

New South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp is finally done building his staff, which is filled with former Florida Gators ties, the last of which also being a former UF player.

Former Gators linebacker Mike Peterson, who has been working in Florida’s weight room since joining the program under Muschamp, has been hired away from his alma mater to serve as outside linebackers coach at South Carolina.

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Florida Gators in the NFL, 2015-16 season: Three players advance to Super Bowl 50

The 2015-16 NFL season is nearly over, and it will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 7 with Super Bowl 50, in which the Florida Gators will be represented by three players on one of the two remaining teams.

Overall, six former Florida players were on the rosters of teams that played in the Conference Championship Round over the weekend. That’s down from 11 in the Divisional Round and 18 that started the postseason on NFL rosters during the Wild Card Round.

Below is a look at the Gators moving on to Super Bowl 50 and those that fell in the Conference Championships. Teams and players in blue have advanced to Super Bowl 50.

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators pummel Auburn in first half on way to dominant 95-63 win

Those waiting for a breakout game for Florida Gators basketball got just that Saturday night as head coach Mike White’s team pummeled the Auburn Tigers early and often on the way to a dominant 95-63 victory at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

The Gators (13-6, 5-2 SEC) moved into second place in the Southeastern Conference by piling on the Tigers (9-9, 3-4 SEC) early with a season-high 53 points in the first half. Auburn was unable to recover as head coach Bruce Pearl dropped his sixth straight game against UF dating back to 2010.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Saturday’s important victory with eight quick-hitters:

It was over when: Though Florida’s massive early lead gave it every advantage over Auburn in the second half, the Tigers still had an opportunity to slowly cut into their large deficit. Instead, the Gators’ lead ballooned to 28 points on a 7-0 run early in the latter part of the game, and UF even increased it to 29 points with 12 minutes to play. Try as it might, AU could not get within 23 over the duration of the contest and ultimately lost by 32 points, which was Florida’s largest margin in the entire game.

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Five Florida Gators to participate in college all-star games, including Senior Bowl

A total of five former Florida Gators have agreed to participate in postseason collegiate all-star games, including the ever-popular Senior Bowl.

Linebacker Antonio Morrison (No. 53), Florida’s leading tackler in 2015, and tight end Jake McGee (No. 83) will both play on the South Team in the Senior Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 30 (2:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network).

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Florida Gators to hold 2016 Orange & Blue Debut spring football game on a Friday night

Updated on Friday at 10:30 a.m.: Florida has announced that the 2016 Orange & Blue Debut will be held on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. No additional details were released by the Gators. 

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Spring football on a Friday night in Gainesville, Florida? That’s what the Florida Gators are reportedly considering as multiple outlets on Wednesday reported that the program is looking to hold the 2016 Orange & Blue Debut on Friday night, April 8.

According to the Associated Press and The Gainesville Sun, plans are not finalized at this time. The Sun notes that Florida will need approval from the Southeastern Conference in order to make the move.

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators hang on to escape Mississippi State 81-78

Tuesday was yet another up and down night for Florida Gators, which fell behind by double digits to the worst team in the Southeastern Conference only to hold on for an 81-78 victory at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Florida (12-6, 4-2 SEC) somehow found a way to hit free throws when it mattered, capitalizing on its hot three-point shooting and overcoming a propensity for turnovers that plagued it throughout the game. The win kept Mississippi State (7-10, 0-5 SEC) at the bottom of the league, which made it a wonder how the Bulldogs were even in the game with the Gators in the first place.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s win with eight quick-hitters:

It was over when: Redshirt sophomore center John Egbunu came through in the clutch for the second time this season, hitting four-straight free throws to overcome a pair of one-point deficits for Florida in the final minute of the game. Aside from Egbunu’s made free throws, UF went just 2-for-8 from the charity stripe over the final six minutes of the game, leaving a ton of points at the line that would not have put a win in nearly as much jeopardy. Egbunu finished with 16 points, grabbing seven rebounds and hitting 8-of-12 attempts from the line.

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Florida CB Jalen Tabor calls lack of student-athlete pay a ‘modern form of slavery’

Florida Gators sophomore cornerback Jalen Tabor is one of the best players on his team. Over the course of his two years in Gainesville, Florida, he’s also been one of the most outspoken.

That was certainly the case Tuesday when, after learning that the Southeastern Conference earned a record $527.4 million in the 2014-15 season due to monies from the College Football Playoff and SEC Network, Tabor wrote the following on Twitter:

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