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Wednesday May 29, 2013 SEC meetings, Schwarz's eye behind the lens, Road to Omaha, more tidbits

SEC men's basketball tournament

The SEC will explore creating a primary site for the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators softball team is already in Oklahoma City. The Florida baseball team is leaving for Bloomington, Ind., later this afternoon.

Both teams have the same goal: to keep playing.

The UF softball team faces Tennessee on Thursday in the Women's College World Series. The Gators are the No. 2 overall seed and swept through the Gainesville regional and super regional.

Meanwhile, the UF baseball team opens NCAA Tournament play on Friday as the No. 3 seed in the Bloomington Regional. The Gators face Austin Peay in the first round.

After three consecutive trips to the College World Series, the Gators are considered an underdog this year but are optimistic about their chances in a regional that features host Indiana, Austin Peay and Valparaiso.

Check out GatorZone.com all week for coverage from both sites. I'll be in Bloomington with the baseball team and colleague Chris Harry is in Oklahoma City to cover the softball team.

Meanwhile, a look at some fresh links covering topics of interest to Florida fans this morning:

--Gators first baseman Taylor Schwarz has a good eye at the plate and behind the lens of a camera writes ESPNW.com.

--Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun offers his five reasons the UF softball team is in the WCWS.

--The SEC spring meetings are in Destin this week and Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun filed this notebook from the meetings Monday, including an item about the league exploring a primary site for men's basketball tournament.

--The SEC is likely sticking to a 6-1-1 format for football scheduling in 2014 and 2015 writes Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post.

--The UF men's golf team is back at the NCAA Championships this week despite a long list of injuries writes Brentley Romine of Golfweek.

--What to watch for on road to Omaha from Sports Illustrated previews NCAA baseball tournament.

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