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Loss perhaps inevitable, but Gators don't see its benefits
The loss to Vanderbilt wasn't a complete surprise, and Florida refuses to dwell on it.
By ANTONYA ENGLISH
Published February 22, 2007
GAINESVILLE - Okay, let's get real here. The chances of Florida running the table in the SEC were always slim to none. There's a reason only two basketball teams have done it in more than 50 years.
Even Billy Donovan had warned reporters not to waste ink on the subject. So Saturday's 13-point loss at Vanderbilt wasn't a complete stunner.
"We're in a really tough league, and it's hard to run the table for that long," junior center Al Horford said. "So it was going to happen."
But forget all those cliches about how much a team can learn from a loss. The Florida players aren't really buying into that stuff.
"I don't think a loss ever helps," Horford said. "I always feel like as long as we win, we can learn from it. But it was definitely an eye-opener for us. It puts a lot of things in perspective; we can't take things for granted, and we figured that out."
Maybe someone should introduce senior tennis player Jordan Dolberg to the porta-potty. Wednesday, Dolberg was in an Alachua County courtroom where he was ordered to pay a $200 fine for his second offense for urinating in public.
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By the numbers Florida's loss at Vanderbilt on Saturday ended several streaks. Here's a look at some:
3: 17-game winning streaks Florida has had in the past 15 months, the only school in the nation to do so over that span. 65: Games the Gators had gone without losing by double figures, dating to the end of the 2004-05 season. 76: Days since the Gators had lost a game, its last vs. Florida State on Dec. 3, 2006.