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Florida women begin SEC Tournament play today



Florida and Auburn will kick off the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament in the opening game this afternoon at 1 p.m.

The Gators (18-11, 8-8 SEC) are the No. 8 seed, while Auburn (13-16, 5-11) is the No. 9 seed. The winner will meet No. 1 seed Kentucky on Friday at 1 p.m. Today's game will be televised live on FSN, with statewide coverage on SunSports. Audio is also available at

Florida defeated Auburn, 70-56, in Gainesville on Feb. 9 in the only regular-season meeting between the two teams this year.

The Gators are trying to make their first trip to the finals since their lone trip in 1997.

“I think it’s going to be an amazing tournament, I really do,’’ Florida coach Amanda Butler said. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun for the SEC fans of all of our schools, and just women’s basketball fans that are going to show up in Nashville because they love the game. I think you’re going to see tremendous talent, there are going to be historic stories with certain people’s careers potentially ending at the tournament. It’s going to be a big, dramatic thing, I think. But I think it’s going to be fun. It’s part of why you choose to play and coach in this league. You want to be part of something special. You want to test yourself. You want to be in that kind of environment and see what you can do.’’

Butler said the best part about tournament this is this: "The past success or the past lack of success or failures, those don’t have anything to do with what’s going to happen next. We all can determine our own fates.''

More from Butler about Auburn:



[Last modified: Monday, March 5, 2012 4:12pm]


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