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Alabama-Florida “A Monster Game” (In Basketball, Too)

Last offseason most everyone with a pulse predicted Alabama and Florida would square off for the SEC championship.  Everyone just got the sport wrong.

While Bama and Florida failed to live up to expectations on the gridiron, the two schools’ showdown in Gainesville tomorrow could decide the outright SEC regular-season championship.  Both the Tide and the Gators are 11-3 in league play following weekend losses.

“It’s a monster game, not only from the pride factor of being the overall SEC champ,” ESPN’s Dick Vitale told The Birmingham News.  “They’re both coming off losses.  This becomes a real big game from that factor itself.”  Vitale will be part of the ESPN broadcast team.

The game is bigger for Alabama than Florida.  Billy Donovan’s team is already a lock to make the NCAA Tournament.  Anthony Grant’s team is not.

“I still think they’ve got a little work to do.  You never want that (selection) committee to have to make the choice.  You want to be able to throw the knockdown punch.  Alabama certainly would throw a knockout punch by getting a win on the road over Florida.”


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