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No. 10 Florida holds Elston Turner to four points, beats Texas A&M

Jan 17, 2013, 9:21 PM EST

Mike Rosario, Kourtney Roberson

So much for all that Texas A&M talk.

Four days after going into Lexington and earning a win against Kentucky, Texas A&M was set to host a beat up Florida team with a chance to really make a statement to the folks that put together bubble projections.

So what did the Aggies do?

Lost by 21. Of course.

Mike Rosario caught fire early, Florida pulled away late in the first half, and the Gators threw it into cruise control over the last 20 minutes, eventually winning by a final margin of 68-47.

It makes you wonder: who was that Texas A&M team that found their way into Rupp Arena on Saturday afternoon? And what got into Elston Turner that night? Because after lighting up the Wildcats for 40 points, he managed all of four points on 1-10 shooting on Thursday night against Florida.

And it’s not like the Gators are an overwhelming favorite to win the national title, either. They’re a good team, one that defends really well and can be dangerous on the nights that Kenny Boynton and Rosario are hitting their jumpers. But they’re pretty accurately ranked at No. 10.

Beyond that, they are dealing with enough injuries that make you wonder whether or not Will Muschamp is running practices: Erik Murphy has a rib injury; Scottie Wilbekin has a broken finger; Will Yeguete has a knee issue; Casey Prather isn’t even playing while he deals with a high-ankle sprain.

Maybe that gap between Kentucky and the teams at the top of the SEC is bigger than we thought, and that’s a major problem.

Because the Wildcats are probably going to have to win two of the three games they play against Missouri and Florida this season.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. florida727 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    The game wasn’t even as “close” as the final score. The Gators were up by 30 with less than 2 minutes to play. The good news for Florida fans is that the way Billy has them playing defense, they’ll be competitive in every game. Whether they win or not is obviously a different story (see Arizona game for example). But they will put themselves in a position to win pretty much every night. They may not be an “overwhelming” favorite to win it all, but they’ll be in the discussion in about another 45 days or so. Just need to get healthy.

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