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Tuesday December 17, 2013 Jimmy V Classic, Elam's big night, Beal's return, Bruno back in NY, more tidbits

Updated: 12:38pm, December 17

Former Gators and Bucs running back Earnest Graham on becoming a head coach.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – There’s a big game in the Big Apple tonight.

Actually, two of them at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic doubleheader.

The first game matches Cincinnati against Pittsburgh, followed by the No. 16 Gators facing No. 15 Memphis in the nightcap.

For real-time updates during the Florida-Memphis game, you can follow @GatorZoneMBK and @GatorZoneChris on Twitter. The game is also live on ESPN.

For more on the Gators men’s basketball team and other Gator-related sports news, here are some fresh links from around the web: writer Jeff Borzello offers a viewer’s guide for NYC showdown between Gators and Tigers.

--For more of what makes the Jimmy V Classic a meaningful event, here is a column by Dick Vitale of

--Gators assistant coach Rashon Burno returns to where his journey began writes Kevin Brockway of The Gainesville Sun.

 --Florida head coach Billy Donovan told reporters Monday that he doesn’t expect Damontre Harris to suit up for Gators writes Rob Dauster of

--Will Florida’s 1-3-1 zone cause Memphis problems? That is the question asks.

--Former Gators safety Matt Elam capped his news-making week with a big game Monday night writes Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.

--Another former Gator, hoopster Bradley Beal, made a memorable return to the Wizards on Monday night at MSG.

--Former Gators offensive lineman Ian Silberman is transferring to Louisville writes Robbie Andreu of The Gainesville Sun.

--In light of recent transfers,’s Ed Aschoff writes Gators can absorb the departures.

--Film breakdown from of Trent Richardson’s TD against Tennessee with former Gators offensive lineman Xavier Nixon helping out on play.

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