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Noi finished with 22 points, outscoring the Gators all by himself for most of the first half, and TCU held on to win 55-50 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday.
Mississippi State shot 53.1 percent from the floor and made 10 of 17 beyond the arc. Florida shot 42.4 percent from the field and made just 10 of 31 shots from deep.
Florida led by 16 points with 9:13 remaining against Arkansas (10-4, 1-1), only to see that lead shrink to 53-51 with under a minute remaining. Allen, originally from Arkansas, hit four free throws in the final 12 seconds to secure the win for the Gators and finished 11 of 12 from the line.
The Gators, Aggies, Both Lost Last Week In SEC Showdowns The Florida Gators had everything set up for them last week to defeat the LSU...
The University of Florida Gators will host Tennessee at “The Swamp,” Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in a game to be seen nationally on CBS. Meanwhile, Saturday night it was decided that the big showdown between Florida State and Miami would be rescheduled for October 7th when both teams were set for a bye week.
Florida might have solved its long-running quarterback problem with the addition of Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire. That move became official last week, and as a graduate transfer, Zaire will be immediately eligible. Zaire is no lock to be the Gators starter when they open against Michigan in Arlington, Texas, at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, if coach Jim McElwain and the Gators really felt good about redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks, then Zaire probably would not be going to school in Gainesville.
Maybe this wasn't Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan's best team. It is, however, his first national championship team. A year after the Gators went two games and out at the College World Series with a team seeded No. 1 and loaded with high draft picks, they won five of six in Omaha and completed a sweep of Southeastern Conference rival LSU in the finals with a 6-1 victory Tuesday night. The Gators scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull away and now, for the first time in the program's 103-year history, the championship trophy will be with the team when it travels back to Gainesville.
Florida got a dominant performance from Brady Singer, a big defensive play when LSU was threatening and just enough offense. Now, after a 4-3 win in Game 1 of the College World Series on Monday night, the Gators are one win from their first national championship in baseball. But with LSU all-time wins leader Jared Poche' starting on Tuesday and first-round draft pick Alex Lange available if there's a Game 3, the Tigers believe this best-of-three series matching Southeastern Conference rivals is just getting started.
The matchup for the College World Series finals certainly bolsters the case for those who say the best baseball in the land is played in the Southeastern Conference. To get to the best-of-three finals starting Monday night, LSU (52-18) beat an Oregon State team, which had the highest winning percentage of any program in four decades, twice in two days. Florida (50-19) became the fourth team in CWS history to shut out an opponent twice with a pair of 3-0 wins over TCU wrapped around a 9-2 loss to the Horned Frogs.
Many college football experts say that the University of Florida Gators will have their best quarterback since Tim Tebow. It happened this week when former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire announced he was headed to Gainesville to join the Gators for the 2017 season. Florida officials can't comment on prospective student-athletes until they enroll in school and attend class. Summer B session begins Monday, so the Gators will make things official sometime early this week.
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