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Gators showcase improved defense

No. 16 Florida knew its offense wasn't going to be where it was in previous games this season. The loss of two point guards -- Kasey Hill to a high ankle sprain and Scottie Wilbekin to suspension -- kept that from happening. One way to make up for it was a renewed energy on the defensive end. It showed up in Florida's 79-59 win over Middle Tennessee on Thursday in the O'Connell Center.

"Not having a point guard definitely raised our sense of aggressiveness," said sophomore guard Michael Frazier. "We were like a wounded animal. We didn't have all our pieces, so we had to go in there and be aggressive and fight." The wounded animal came out with plenty of fight on the defensive end. Florida kept Middle Tennessee at five points at the midway point of the first half and in single...

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