Gators on losing end Tuesday, look to bounce back on Wednesday


Welcome to a humpday edition of Gators News, and unfortunately, today’s update is not nearly as triumphant as we have become accustomed to as Gators fans. There were two sports in action yesterday — women’s golf and men’s basketball — whose results were what was hoped, but life does go on. The good news is that today’s athletics participants stand a good chance of coming away victoriously.

Women’s golf

The women’s golf team finished the final day of the Moon Golf Invitation with an 8-over par 872 to finish in a two-way tie for 11th in the field of 18 on Tuesday. The Lady Gators were tied for sixth place entering Day 3 but simply could not find any footing despite sophomore Annabell Fuller’s 5-under second round to finish in sole possession of 10th place.

UF returns to the links on Sunday when they look to claim their sixth consecutive title at the Gators Invitational in Gainesville, Florida.

Men’s basketball

The men’s basketball team came out rusty last night against the No. 24 Arkansas Razorbacks on the road and dropped their first game after a 13-day layoff due to COVID, 75-64, as well as their second-straight loss overall. Florida mounted a second-half comeback that saw them take the lead with just under five minutes remaining, but they could not pull off the victory.

UF returns home on Saturday to host their rivals the Georgia Bulldogs, with tipoff slated for 3:30 p.m. EST and will be broadcast on the SEC Network+ as well as the Gators Sports Network.

Swimming and diving

Today, both the women’s No. 4 swim team will participate in the 2021 Southeastern Conference Championships in Athens, Georgia. The four-day event starts on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. EST with time trials, followed by the 200-medley relay and the 800 free relay at 5:00 p.m. EST.

The No. 5 men’s diving team, as well as the women’s squad, will also be participating in the 2021 SEC Championships, though this four-day event is held in Columbia, Missouri. UF will have five divers competing throughout the championships: two men and three women.


Finally, the No. 6 softball squad is scheduled to take the field today at home against the Jacksonville Dolphins with first pitch slated for 6 p.m. EST. SEC Player of the Week Charla Echols looks to continue her torrid start to the season in this mid-week one-off matchup. The game will be streamed via the SEC and can also be listened to live on ESPN 98.1FM/850AM WRUF.

Around the Swamp

Florida football adds McNeese State to 2023 schedule: The game will mark the first-ever matchup between the Gators and the Cowboys.
Florida Football Recruiting: 4-star QB target talks Gators, decision timeline: As it stands now, Florida has offers out to 12 different quarterbacks in the 2022 class but five have already committed elsewhere.
Gators basketball holds tight to their position in Lunardi’s latest bracket: A win over Arkansas would constitute a Quadrant 1 victory, and it would go a long way in improving Florida’s stagnating NCAA Tournament stock.
Here’s where the Gators land in Sports Illustrated’s latest bracket watch: NCAA Tournament bracket fever is currently gripping the nation as college basketball crescendoes into the month of March despite a virus that keeps trying to play spoiler.
Gators football to start practice on Thursday, planning live streams for fans: The 2021 Gators football team will be practicing as a unit for the first time on Thursday.

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