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With Florida basketball up by 16 points at home against No. 11 Auburn at halftime. head coach Todd Golden sent a simple message to his team at halftime.
“It’s time to grow up,” Golden said.
The Florida Gators (16-7. 6-4 SEC) stretched their 16-point lead to as many as 29 points in the second half and never let up in a 81-65 win over the Tigers at the O’Connell Center.
“Just start to finish, our best effort of the season,” Golden said.
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Florida had let second-half leads slip away in losses to Wake Forest, Kentucky and Texas A&M and failed to hold a 21-point, second half lead in an eventual 102-98 overtime win at home against Georgia.
“That’s something that we needed as a team,” Florida guard Walter Clayton Jr. said. “Obviously we know what we’re capable of, we kept on getting off to big leads and we let our confidence let up. As a team, the mentality of our team was to step on their neck, just kind of put them in the ground.”
Defense fuels UF to win
Florida played its best defensive game in SEC play, holding Auburn to 42.1 percent shooting from the floor and 17.6 percent shooting (3-17) from 3-point range.
The 65 points was the fewest UF allowed in SEC player and fewest since beating Grambing State.
“We made them miss,” Golden said. “They’re a team that hasn’t shot it great all the time on the road, I think that kind of went into our favor today, but again, you know, they’re a top-5 team in the country depending on where you look analytically, so for us to be able to control the game, get a 29-point lead in the second half, obviously it bled a little bit late but it was never in question. I thought it was a really big growth experience for a team.”
UF center Micah Handlogten set an early tone with his interior defense with 3 steals and a blocked shot in the first half and finished the game with a season-high 4 blocked shots.
“He was awesome,” Golden said. “We’ve been challenging him to play with more physicality, and transparently he wasn’t good enough against A&M that way. Today I thought he accepted that challenge and really delivered.”
As a team, Florida finished with 10 steals and six blocks.
“Definitely say it’s up there,” Florida guard Zyon Pullin said of UF’s defensive performance. “I think that’s something we’re still trying to lock in on. And I think that’s something we’re gonna need to rely on, our defense if the offense is not falling.”
Gators stay physical, make FTs down the stretch
After Auburn made 50 trips to the free throw line in a home win earlier in the week against Alabama, Florida was able to both play through contact and keep Auburn from taking the game over at the line. UF mixed it up well on the boards, holding a slim 43-41 rebounding margin.
The seven day layoff helped UF in that regard, as opposed to Auburn playing on Wednesday night. Florida also finished the game off at the free-throw line, going 20 of 26 (76.9 percent), compared to 14 of 26 (53.8 percent) for Auburn.
“Definitely something getting used to, that physicality, especially from a team like that,” Pullin said. “But you know just keep playing through it was the biggest thing. We knew they were gonna be a physical team. It’s kind of what they kind of pride themselves on, just staying the course and not getting caught up in it.”
Florida Bills Moving: Surplus Lines to Get Second Homes; Cancels Barred After Storms
Florida legislation that could perhaps make life a little easier for insurance agents and for snowbirds and others with second homes passed major hurdles this week, moving them closer to approval by the full Legislature.
But an effort to allow the state-created Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to take on more condominium coverage in the midst of an extra-hard market has been left out of bills, thanks to opposition from Citizens officials.
Senate Bill 1716 and House Bill 1503 would allow surplus lines carriers to take out policies from Citizens on homes that are not primary residences. SB 1716, by Sen. Jim Boyd, was approved by the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee on Tuesday. HB 1503 sailed through the House Commerce Committee and is now awaiting a floor vote.
The bills address a long-standing concern among some lawmakers that Citizens, with its below-market rates in many cases, should not be writing vacation homes and second homes for out-of-state residents. Boyd told the Tampa Bay Times that the plan would help reduce the number of policies and exposure held by Citizens, which remains the largest property insurer in the state with about 1.2 million policies in force.
But others worried that surplus lines coverage would not have the backing of the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association in case of insolvency. HB 1503 would require surplus lines insurers to have an A.M. Best financial strength rating of “A-” or better and that residential policies be managed by a Florida broker. The measure also would modify the 2022 requirement that Citizens’ policyholders also must purchase flood insurance. If the bill becomes law, those insureds would have to buy flood coverage for a dwelling loss, not for contents.
The Florida Surplus Lines Association has said it supports the bills, as does Baldwin Risk Partners, the Times reported.
Also this week, what have been called “the agents’ bills,” SB 1104, and HB 1149, would bar cancellation or non-renewals of residential policies until 90 days after storm repairs have been completed. That would give some relief to insurance agents that have said they are often besieged by policyholders who have seen policies canceled while their homes are not fully restored after a hurricane, forcing agents to scramble to find new coverage.
HB 1149, by Rep. Adam Botana and Rep. Hillary Cassel, also would grant the state insurance commissioner the authority to bar insurers from canceling or nonrenewing policies in ZIP codes that have been hit by flooding after a hurricane, for up to 270 days.
“Such an order would apply regardless of whether flood is a covered peril under a personal residential or commercial residential property insurance policy in force at the time of loss,” a staff analysis of the bill explains.
The Florida Association of Insurance Agents and the Professional Insurance Agents of Florida have supported the bills, while the FSLA has raised concerns. “Many national carriers and large brokers believe (the change) will negatively impact capacity,” the FSLA said in a statement.
A bill that passed a House committee early in the session, HB 625, would have allowed Citizens to write condominiums that include rental properties, something now barred by law. But that bill has seen little action and an effort to include the language in SB 1716 and HB 1503 has not been successful, lobbyists have said.
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Florida sergeant arrested after allegedly writing nearly a dozen inappropriate letters to teen inmate
A police sergeant working at a Florida juvenile detention center is now behind bars herself after she allegedly wrote nearly a dozen inappropriate letters to a 16-year-old inmate.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that Sgt. Katelyn Gomez, 27, is charged with one count of solicitation of a child to engage in an act that constitutes sexual battery by a person in familial or custodial authority.
Gomez was hired by the sheriff’s office on Jan. 5 and worked as a sergeant at the Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Clearwater.
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Gomez’s alleged relationship with the teenage inmate was uncovered when detectives responded to a call from the detention facility reporting approximately ten inappropriate letters found in his bed.
While investigating the letters, detectives learned they were written by Gomez.
“The letters explicitly described what would take place during their first sexual encounter and described an ongoing relationship which had developed while the victim was incarcerated,” the sheriff’s office said, adding that a photo of Gomez was also found in the boy’s cell.
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When she was interviewed by detectives, Gomez allegedly admitted to writing the letters and said she and the boy began developing a relationship when they met several weeks ago.
The sheriff’s office said she had been assigned to the boy’s pod for the past three weeks.
Gomez had been instructed to not be alone with an inmate, but staff at the facility told the sheriff’s office she was alone with the boy “several times.”
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Gomez also told detectives that “she fantasized about having a sexual relationship with the victim and planned to build a life with him once he was released,” according to the PCSO.
She was booked into the Pinellas County Jail.
Florida Gators vs. Missouri Tigers: How to watch NCAA Basketball online, TV channel, live stream info, start time
Only one more half stands between Florida and the win they were favored to collect coming into this evening. They have jumped out to a quick 37-28 lead against Missouri.
If Florida keeps playing like this, they’ll bump their record up to 20-8 in no time. On the other hand, Missouri will have to make due with an 8-20 record unless they turn things around (and fast).
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Current Records: Missouri 8-19, Florida 19-8
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Florida is 7-2 against the Tigers since March of 2016, and they’ll have a chance to extend that success on Wednesday. Both teams will face off in an SEC battle at 6:30 p.m. ET at Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The timing is sure in Florida’s favor as the squad sits on six straight wins at home while the Tigers have not had much luck on the away from home, with eight straight road losses.
Winning is just a little bit easier when you work as a team to rack up 11 more assists than your opponent, a fact Florida proved on Saturday. They came out on top against the Commodores by a score of 77-64.
Multiple players turned in solid performances to lead Florida to victory, but perhaps none more so than Will Richard, who scored 21 points along with two steals. Richard continues to roll, besting his previous point total in each of the last four games he’s played. The team also got some help courtesy of Walter Clayton Jr., who scored 19 points.
Meanwhile, things could have been worse for the Tigers, but they could have been a whole lot better as they took a 88-73 loss to the Razorbacks on Saturday.
The losing side was boosted by Sean East II, who scored 33 points. As a matter of fact, that’s the most points he has scored all season.
Missouri struggled to work together and finished the game with only six assists. They are winless (0-4) when they just don’t pass the ball.
The Gators are on a roll lately: they’ve won eight of their last ten matchups, which provided a nice bump to their 19-8 record this season. As for the Tigers, they have been struggling recently as they’ve lost 17 of their last 18 matches, which put a noticeable dent in their 8-19 record this season.
Wednesday’s matchup is shaping up to be a scrappy match: Florida have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 43.9 rebounds per game (they’re ranked first in rebounds per game overall). It’s a different story for Missouri, though, as they’ve been averaging only 31.3 rebounds per game. Given Florida’s sizable advantage in that area, the Tigers will need to find a way to close that gap.
Looking ahead, Florida is the favorite in this one, as the experts expect to see them win by 13 points. Bettors picking them against the spread have some confidence (to put it mildly), as the team is sitting on a three-game streak of failing to cover when playing as the favorites at home.
Florida is a big 13-point favorite against Missouri, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 13-point spread, and stayed right there.
The over/under is 154 points.
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Florida has won 7 out of their last 9 games against Missouri.
- Jan 20, 2024 – Florida 79 vs. Missouri 67
- Jan 14, 2023 – Florida 73 vs. Missouri 64
- Feb 02, 2022 – Florida 66 vs. Missouri 65
- Mar 03, 2021 – Missouri 72 vs. Florida 70
- Jan 11, 2020 – Missouri 91 vs. Florida 75
- Feb 23, 2019 – Florida 64 vs. Missouri 60
- Jan 06, 2018 – Florida 77 vs. Missouri 75
- Feb 02, 2017 – Florida 93 vs. Missouri 54
- Mar 05, 2016 – Florida 82 vs. Missouri 72
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