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Tennessee loss drops Gators to No. 19 in AP poll



The loss to Tennessee on the road this past Saturday caused the Gators to drop six spots in the Associated Press poll to No. 19. It's the Gators' lowest ranking this season.

Florida will return to the court on Tuesday night, hosting Georgia at 7 p.m. at the O'Connell Center.

Gator coach Billy Donovan held two practices on Sunday in the hopes of getting his team's attention following the Tennessee loss.

"I think in any situation where you do not play like you wanted to, you lose, I find that really, really good teams and really, really good
players have an ability to be really self-reflective on themselves and what they need to do to get better,'' Donovan said. "I thought our guys were that way. We had a chance to watch a good amount of film (Sunday) morning from the game, and we had a chance to work on some things that I didn’t think we did very, very well in the game. And then we came back (Sunday) afternoon and started to get into preparation not only for ourselves, but the preparation for Georgia.''

Donovan said the Gators lacked intensity in the loss for unknown reasons, but he believes they'll bounce back for Tuesday night's game. Freshman guard Bradley Beal said the intense Sunday practices were just what the Gators needed.

"Everybody's worn out, beaten up, because it was a very physical and intense practice,'' Beal said. "It can only help us. We know that Georgia's going to come out and everybody has this lingo about us being soft or a not physical basketball team. We're going to use this as motivation and prepare ourselves for Georgia tomorrow."



[Last modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 2:12pm]


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