Top 25 basketball roundup: Florida’s outlook: Rocky after loss

first_imgThe Gators (25-5, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) continued a troubling trend for the defending national champions, who have lost three of four after a 17-game winning streak. “I don’t think people should look at us for slow starts. I don’t understand why Tennessee and Vanderbilt don’t get credit,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “When teams are playing against a team that’s won so much, teams are going to come out ready to play.” The Vols (21-9, 9-6) dominated Florida until the Gators started making a run late in the second half. Tennessee had a 17-0 run in the first half and were ahead by as many as 27in the second half. No. 12 Pittsburgh 80, West Virginia 66: The host Panthers (25-5, 12-3) remained in contention for the host Big East regular-season title. BYU 62, No. 25 Air Force 58: Austin Ainge scored 14 points as the visiting Cougars (22-7, 12-3) clinched at least a share of the Mountain West Conference title. Chris Lofton scored 21points, and host Tennessee pulled away from No. 5 Florida in the first half and held on for an 86-76 victory Tuesday night. “When we play at home, we’re hard to beat,” Lofton said. “It’s the crowd. You’re at your home gym and everybody is with you. I feel like we come out and play hard at home.” center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more