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Determination pays for Gators

Experience, tenacity will make Florida a formidable foe in March

Updated: February 17, 2014, 12:37 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Something had to give Saturday night at Rupp Arena.

Kentucky came into its game against Florida with a 22-game home win streak and an overall 81-2 home record under John Calipari.

Florida arrived at Rupp with a 16-game win streak, but the Gators had not won in Lexington since 2007.

What made the difference for Florida, as it pulled away for a 69-59 win and a school record-tying 17th straight win?

The Gators have a tough winner's mentality. The seniors ...

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