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Sunday, February 6, 2011
Florida's win proves a worthy nightcap

By Eamonn Brennan

Chandler Parsons
Chandler Parsons' versatile play -- 17 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists -- was critical in Florida's win.
This Saturday saved the best for last.

We got some entertaining hoops early in the day. We got some important bubble implications, too. But none of this afternoon's games held a candle to what came this evening, both on the East Coast, in Florida's 70-68 win over Kentucky, and on the West Coast, where Arizona beat Cal in a triple-overtime classic -- final score: 107-105 -- that most of the nation (and most of California, if the complaints on Twitter are any indication) didn't get to see.

But the "College GameDay" matchup in Gainesville, Fla., was the feature presentation of the day, and it didn't disappoint. Florida and Kentucky played a tight, closely contested slugfest for 40 minutes. Florida built a lead. Kentucky battled back. In the end, Billy Donovan's team outlasted the Wildcats after Brandon Knight's 3-point attempt with two seconds on the clock fell short and Kenny Boynton grabbed the rebound as the clock wound to zeros. The Gators got another huge win over a ranked team, held serve on their home court and -- perhaps most importantly -- put themselves in the SEC East driver's seat as we enter the conference season stretch run. Great game, great environment, huge win.

How did Florida make it happen? To the bullets!