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Antonya English

Gators close out regular season ranked No. 1

Florida's Will Yeguete (15) and his team celebrate an 84-65 victory against Kentucky, completing an 18-0 run through the SEC.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Florida's Will Yeguete (15) and his team celebrate an 84-65 victory against Kentucky, completing an 18-0 run through the SEC.

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Florida will enter the postseason ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history.

The Gators remained No. 1 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches poll - the final regular season polls of the season.

It is the first time the Gators have been No. 1 at the end of the regular season.

The Gators closed out the regular season with a victory over Kentucky on Saturday, becoming the first SEC team to finish the season 18-0 in conference play. Florida is currently on a 23-game winning streak.

The Gators will open SEC tournament play on Friday, at 1 p.m., against the winner of Thursday's Missouri-Texas A&M game.

The tournament bye will give the Gators nearly a week to prepare, which coach Billy Donovan said the Gators will use to work on getting better, while trying to regroup physically.

“I think this time of year, as a coach between the strength coach and trainer, you’re always evaluating where your team is at physically," Donovan said. "There’s a fine line between your team looking tired and it not being physical fatigue, but it being mental fatigue. We are probably no different than a lot of teams right now. The 2 1/2-hour practices we had back in October, we’re not doing that now. We’re doing a lot of skill development, skill work, execution and working on our defense getting pick-and-roll coverages down where we’re understanding rotations in the press. We’re trying to shore up those areas where we can get better at as a team. This time of year, I never go into the tournament saying ‘OK, we’ve got to practice here on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday because we could be playing on Sunday.’ All we get is one game. We’ve got to worry about the next game if we’re fortunate enough to move on past that."

[Last modified: Monday, March 10, 2014 3:08pm]

    

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