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Florida falls in Knoxville

The Gators made the trip to Knoxville undermanned. With a six-man rotation and a couple other inexperienced freshmen off the bench, Tuesday was already set as a challenge for No. 8 Florida. The two freshmen totaled 10 minutes while the Gators elected to go mostly with a six-man rotation. Three players were on the court for over 35 minutes as the Gators lost 64-58 to Tennessee.

"I'm proud of our guys in terms of competitively staying in games against teams that are clearly deeper and more talented than we are," Florida head coach Billy Donovan said on his postgame radio show. "There are positives there. We just have to make plays to get ourselves over that hump." The hump came in the second half when fatigue started to set in. With freshman guard Michael Frazier out...

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