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  • February 9, 2018 7:10 AM +04

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. DAngelo Russell Jersey . -- Floridas seniors, those four guys who fell just short of the Final Four the last three years, talked about cutting down the nets after clinching the Southeastern Conferences regular-season championship. It was a brief conversation. And a unanimous decision. The top-ranked Gators chose not to break out the scissors. If they keep playing like they did against LSU on Saturday, they might end up with an even bigger celebration. Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, and Florida used a season-high 13 3-pointers to overwhelm the Tigers 79-61 and extend its school-record winning streak to 21 games. "Everybody on the team didnt feel comfortable cutting them down right now because we knew we have more of a journey to go," guard Casey Prather said. Prather and Michael Frazier II added 14 points apiece for the Gators, who also won their 31st straight at home. This one was never in doubt. Florida (27-2, 16-0 SEC) scored the first eight points of the game, opened up a double-digit lead with consecutive 3-pointers from DeVon Walker and Finney-Smith and put the game away early in the second half with a flurry of points in the paint. Prather made three consecutive driving finger rolls after the break. Patric Young had a dunk and then a left-handed hook shot. And Prather followed with a dunk and another driving layup that put Florida up 62-38 with about 11 minutes remaining. About the only thing left to see was whether Florida would cut down the nets. The Gators clinched the title Thursday night with Kentuckys loss to Arkansas, and many expected they would ceremoniously celebrate in front of a sellout crowd Saturday. It was never going to happen. Prather, Young and fellow seniors Scottie Wilbekin and Will Yeguete chose not to cut down the nets. "We felt it was given to us when Kentucky lost," Wilbekin said. "I was sitting on my couch watching TV. I didnt do anything." Coach Billy Donovan wouldnt have let them do it anyway, especially not with what happened in 2007. That team, the defending national champion led by Joakim Noah and Al Horford, cut down home nets after winning the SEC title and then lost its next two games. "I regret that," Donovan said. Although Donovan believes his senior-laden team can handle distractions, he figures its best to stay focused on the goals within reach. "You want to be playing well this time of year," Donovan said. "When you get to this point in time of the season, you dont want to play like youre trying to protect something, when youre back on your heels, We dont want to lose being No. 1 and we dont want to lose at home and we want to keep the streak going. "Once you get into trying to avoid things and trying to prevent things from happening, I think inevitably you get tight, you get frozen and you dont play. The biggest thing for us that Ive been trying to explain for our guys is there are things out there for us to chase. What are we going to chase? What are we going to go after?" Florida looked every bit like a championship-calibre team against LSU -- and in dominant fashion. The Gators had been in a number of nail-biters in recent weeks, winning their previous seven games by 10 points or less. They either trailed or were tied at halftime in each of those. This one was the complete opposite. The Gators never trailed. They led 41-25 at halftime and didnt even have a second-half lull. "It says a lot about the team," LSU coach Johnny Jones said. "They sit there and theyve already clinched the championship and for guys to come out and play as motivated and as hard as they did tonight. ... I think when you have a senior team like they are and guys are able to make plays like that and are used to winning, some great things can happen for you." Johnny OBryant III led the Tigers (17-11, 8-8) with 18 points. Jordan Mickey added 14 points and 10 rebounds for LSU, which lost its seventh straight on the road. There was little LSU could do to stop Florida, which just got hot from the 3-point line. The Gators made 13 of 23 from behind the arc. It was just the fourth time this season that they reached double digits in 3s. "I was happy our guys shot the ball with confidence and it was good to see the ball go in the basket for those guys," Donovan said. Trevor Booker Jersey . -- Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, shot a 2-under 69 on Tuesday to finish first in stroke-play qualifying at the Womens U. Sean Kilpatrick Jersey . Al Horford said all he had to do was make the catch near the basket and then shoot a soft jumper.Following two major trades in the CFL last week, TSNs Jan Staniszewski breaks down how each player will fit in with their new team and what each general manager had to say about their move. January 15th, 2015 Ottawa – acquires international receiver Maurice Price Calgary – acquires international linebacker Jasper Simmons and international receiver Dan Buckner What the GM had to say Marcel Desjardins, Ottawa Redblacks: “Maurice Price gives us a legitimate downfield threat, he will probably play wide receiver but with a new offensive coordinator in Jason Maas there is a slight chance that he could be moved to the slot.” John Hufnagel, Calgary Stampeders: “It wasn’t an easy decision but the emergence and presence of other playmaking receivers on our roster allowed us to make this trade and acquire two potentially valuable assets. “ The Skinny For Ottawa - Maurice Price will be the playmaker and downfield threat that Henry Burris needed last season. Price caught 12 touchdowns in just three seasons with the Stampeders and has two years left on his contract. He will likely replace Wallace Miles, who is set to become a free agent on February 10th. Miles turned down two different contracts late last season. Simmons will likely be replaced at outside linebacker by either Damaso Munoz or David Hinds, with Justin Cudworth and Charles Clay potentially also in the mix. For Calgary - Simmons was the Redblacks nominee for the Most Outstanding Player and Defensive Player of the year award in 2014. He will battle for playing time with outside linebacker Deron Mayo and middle linebacker Juwan Simpson in Calgary. DeMarre Carroll Jersey. Simmons will be in tough to win a full-time position but he will give John Hufnagel great depth and a very good special teams player. Dan Buckner might get lost in the Stampeders very deep receiving corps. January 16th, 2015 Montreal – acquires international slotback Fred Stamps Edmonton – acquires international wide receiver Kenny Stafford What the GM had to say Jim Popp, Montreal Alouettes: “We did our due diligence with Fred. I spoke with current Als special teams coach Kavis Reed who coached him just two seasons ago and our current quarterback Jonathan Crompton. They both had great things to say about him and his character… We think Fred has two or three good years left.” The Skinny For Montreal – The Alouettes get a former four-year CFL All-Star to replace Duron Carter, who is certainly set to sign in the NFL, and/or a replacement in the slot for SJ Green, who many think will test free agency on February 10th. Jim Popp had this to say about long-time Alouette SJ Green; “If SJ wants be here, he will. We offered him a contract that would make him the highest paid player in the CFL that wasn’t a quarterback.” For Edmonton - The Eskimos clear some salary cap space with the move of Stamps, who was making in the neighborhood of $150,000. Stafford is making less than half of that and is only 25-years-old. He will battle for a spot on the team in training camp. 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