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Gators advance to semifinals

Florida head coach Billy Donovan challenged his team to respond. They closed the Southeastern Conference regular season with a loss at Kentucky, and Donovan wanted his team to get back to the level of play it was at early in conference play. Friday afternoon was a positive step in that direction. No. 13 Florida secured a blowout 80-58 win over LSU to advance to the tournament semifinals.

"Coach has been on us about that, so obviously you want to come out and play with a lot of energy," Erik Murphy said on the postgame television broadcast. "He has been on us all week to play aggressive and smart. I think we did a good job of that today." The challenge was laid out this week in practice. Donovan knew it was the first extended period of practice for the Gators with the entire team...

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