article by Dan Lahatte
Football season has come to a close, and though it ended on a sour note in the usually sweet Sugar Bowl, what a season the Gators had. 11 wins, including a beat down of the Seminoles in Tallahassee, sounded like a pipe dream back in August. Hopefully Coach Muschamp and the Orange and Blue can take another step next year and help extend that SEC BCS Championship streak to eight!
But now it’s on to basketball for those Rowdy Reptiles. While all of the attention for the past two months has been on the gridiron (and justifiably so), Coach Donovan and his cagers have put together a 10-2 record, earning the No. 9 ranking in the latest USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
So far this season, the Gators have been paced by a balanced offense and a smothering defense. Senior guard Kenny Boyton leads the team averaging 13.8 points per game, one of four Gators averaging double figures this season.
Overall the Gators hold a 20 points per game win margin, limiting opponents to just 52 points per game.
That was non-conference though and the mighty Gators now enter into the expanded SEC schedule.
The real season begins this Wednesday, Jan. 9 when Florida hosts Georgia (6-7) at the O’Dome. The game, unlike most of the schedule, will likely not be on TV in the Baltimore market, so we will not have a viewing party. The contest can be viewed though on ESPN3.com.
Despite the conference opener not airing on TV, 11 of the Gators’ SEC games will be available on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPNU). In addition, the season-finale at Kentucky on Saturday, Mar. 9 can be seen nationally on CBS.
We would like to schedule at least a handful of viewing parties for both the Stained Glass Pub, as well as Porter’s of Federal Hill. If there are particular games that you are interested in, please contact us through the website.
We look forward to seeing you soon and Go Gators!