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Barring upset at Kentucky, Gators in must-win situation at SEC tournament



Following back-to-back losses in its last two games, Florida's road to the NCAA Tournament now most likely depends on its ability to win at the SEC tournament.

ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi said Wednesday afternoon assuming the Gators don't upset Kentucky in Rupp Arena this weekend, the Gators must win a couple of games in the SEC Tournament, which begins March 11.

Lunardi said the Gators needed only to defeat Georgia last Saturday or Vanderbilt Tuesday night to ensure a spot in the tournament, but having lost both, Florida is now in a must-win situation.

"I just thought if they could have gotten a split of these last two games - and I'm not saying either was easy,'' Lunardi said. "Georgia's playing pretty well now, especially at home, and Vandy's obviously very good. But having lost them both, and you have to presume at this point that they will lose at Kentucky. I'm not saying it's a guarantee but they're going to be underdogs for a reason - they're to have to win a game or two (in the SEC Tournament).''

The Gators were 5-2 heading into last weekend, but barring a huge upset, will enter the SEC Tournament on a three-game losing streak.

Now, the pressure is on again, beginning with Kentucky.

"If (Vanderbilt) was a must-win, then this is huge,'' UF junior forward Chandler Parsons said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:42pm]


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