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Monday January 14, 2013 Billy D's injury concerns, UF women push Vols to brink, Spikes' fumble dance, plus more tidbits

UF women's basketball

The UF women's basketball team put up a good fight in an overtime loss to the No. 9 Vols on Sunday.

This is a big week for the Gators men’s basketball team.

Florida travels Thursday to Texas A&M – coming off a road win at Kentucky behind Elston Turner’s 40 points Saturday – and then returns home Saturday to face Missouri.

It will be the Gators’ first games against the two newest members of the SEC since they joined the league.

The Gators rolled to a win at LSU on Saturday despite being down to six players in the rotation due to injuries. Florida’s injury concerns are expected to carry into this week, too.’s Chris Harry will have up an update this afternoon when he returns from head coach Billy Donovan’s Monday press conference.

Meanwhile, to help you catch up – and me, too, after a few days away – here are some fresh links from around the Internet covering topics of interest to Florida fans:

--In case you missed it, here is Chris Harry’s story from Baton Rouge after Florida’s 74-52 win over the Tigers.

--With the Aggies up next for Florida, a look back at Texas A&M’s big road win at Kentucky via

--As for football,’s Michael DiRocco raises some questions for the Gators when they head into spring practice in a few weeks.

--The Gators women’s basketball team pushed Tennessee to the brink on Sunday before falling writes Dan Fleser of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

--For more on Tennessee’s 78-75 win over the Florida women, click here for a story by Jim Harvin in the Gainesville Sun. bloggers Andrea Adelson and Ed Aschoff debate which school had a better year: Florida or Florida State. You can read and vote at this link.

--Florida’s track and field teams opened the season strong at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener over the weekend writes

--Former Gators LB Brandon Spikes getting some pub over his fumble dance in yesterday’s win over the Texans in the NFL Playoffs.

--The UF gymnastics team was upset at home by LSU on Friday, a lesson that should motivate the team according to head coach Rhonda Faehn. Here is more from the Independent Florida Alligator.

--Speaking of gymnastics, Florida freshman and former World Champion Bridget Sloan featured by

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