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UF's strength in numbers

Gators stay confident heading into SEC tourney

By ANTONYA ENGLISH
Published March 1, 2007


GAINESVILLE - We'll see who gets the last laugh. That could be the motto of Florida fans as the Gators head into the SEC tournament next week. A couple of weeks ago, Vanderbilt handed the Gators their first SEC loss of the season, then added salt to the wound by rushing the court. But apparently most of those exuberant fans have no intention of supporting the Commodores in Atlanta. Vanderbilt is among four league schools that couldn't sell its allotment of about 1,200 tickets. So guess who gobbled them up? Yep, good ol' bitter Florida fans. According to David Knight, the SEC director of championship ticket operations, it used to be mostly Kentucky fans who sought out extra tickets from other schools. Lately, Florida has jumped into the mix and according to UF officials, their fans took advantage of the opportunity to buy Vandy's extras. "The seats are divided in the arena among schools, so yes it's a possibility that Florida and Vanderbilt fans will be sitting together if they bought tickets from the school," Knight said. Makes you wonder what'll be going on in that section.

Still in good standing

He hasn't played well of late, but center Joakim Noah is among five finalists for the USBWA's Oscar Robertson Award for the nation's player of the year. Noah joins Kevin Durant (Texas), Greg Oden (Ohio State), Alando Tucker (Wisconsin) and Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina).

Antonya English can be reached at english@sptimes.com.