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Thursday January 31, 2013Charting the Gators: Margin calls

Billy D NOT EVEN CLOSE

In the big picture, the Florida Gators have done nothing yet. If you don’t believe it, just ask Coach Billy Donovan.

The Gators (17-2, 7-0), ranked fourth in the nation, have a measly one-game lead in the Southeastern Conference race heading into Saturday's home game against second-place Ole Miss (17-3, 6-1). But after yet another blowout victory Wednesday night, a 75-36 pummelling of South Carolina, UF’s domination of the SEC and its average victory margin of 28.2 points against conference foes are getting a lot of attention for a number of reasons; because the Gators look really good; because the league looks really bad; take your pick.

Whatever the case, Florida is running roughshod on the SEC in these early goings of the 2013 conference campaign. How roughshod? Here’s a snapshot of how this UF team compares -- or doesn’t, actually -- through seven games to the SEC’s six national champions during the shot-clock era.

 
Team         Year       W-L      Margin      Avg.        Closest game or losses
Arkansas    1994      5-2        +100         +10.0       Lost 66-64 at Alabama; Lost 72-71 at Mississippi State
Kentucky    1996      7-0        +153         +21.8       Won 82-77 at Georgia
Kentucky    1998      7-0         +68          +9.7         Won 70-67 in OT vs Arkansas
Florida        2006      5-2         +58          +8.3         Lost 80-76 at Tennessee; Lost 68-67 at South Carolina 
Florida        2007      7-0        +104         +14.8       Won 70-67 at Mississippi State
Kentucky    2012      7-0         +99          +14.1       Won 65-62 at Tennessee

Florida       2013      7-0        +198        +28.2        Won 64-47 at Georgia   

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