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Friday January 25, 2013Charting the Gators: High-mileage big men

Updated: 9:34am, January 26

Pat on Plane

The eighth-ranked Florida basketball team boarded another chartered jet Friday for its game this weekend at Mississippi State. For the Gators, this is the 11th time they've taken to the road this season -- seven times by air, four by bus -- which is is easily the most in the Southeastern Conference. UF hasn't logged the most miles in the league, but the Gators didn't bite a big chunk of miles with one long haul to Maui either, like MSU and Ole Miss did. Florida has jetted to Tucson, Ariz., Kansas City, Mo., New Haven, Conn., and with this trip to Starkville will be the only SEC team to play four of its first six league games on the road (at LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia and Mississippi State). Don't forget those in-state bus rides to Mayport, Tampa, Tallahassee and Sunrise, also. They count.

By season's end (with visits to Arkansas, Auburn, Missouri, Tennessee and Nashville to come, the Gators will fly more than 23,000 miles. That's about the equivalent of flying from Gainesville to Texas -- heading east. The long way. And that, of course, doesn't include the NCAA Tournament.

Here's how Florida's travel stacks up against the rest of the SEC, with miles projected through games scheduled for Saturday.

Mileage source: DistanceBetweenCities.com (data assumes road trips of 220 miles or less are driven) 

SCHOOL                          TRIPS        AIR MILES      ROAD MILES         TOTAL

Mississippi State                  7                14,230                  468                  14,698

Florida                               *11                11,518               2,740                  14,258

LSU                                      6                11,268                      0                  11,268

Ole Miss                               4                  9,600                  462                  10,062

South Carolina                     5                  8,306                      0                    8,306

Missouri                               5                  7,974                  250                    8,224

Vanderbilt                            6                  7,924                       0                   7,924

Alabama                              6                  7,162                  170                    7,332

Arkansas                             6                  6,630                   380                   7,010

Tennessee                           6                 6,302                   340                    6.642

Auburn                                6                  6,186                     0                      6,186

Georgia                               5                 5,630                    140                    5,770

Texas A&M                          6                 5,274                    194                    5,468

Kentucky                             7                 3,824                    502                    4,326

Worth noting
*Includes season-opening trip to Naval Station Mayport to face Georgetown on USS Bataan. The game was cancelled at halftime, but the travel was not.  
-- Both Ole Miss and Mississippi State took 8,000-mile trips to Hawaii for tournaments. MSU also went to Providence and Loyola-Chicago
-- South Carolina played in a tournament at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
-- LSU played at Boise State, Cal-Irvine and Marquette.
-- Tennessee played in a tournament at Bayamon, Puerto Rico.


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