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Florida Gators have chance to avenge losses this season in Final Fou
BY JESSE SIMONTON
MIAMI HERALD WRITER
GAINESVILLE --Florida’s trip to Texas could give the Gators two chances at revenge.
The Gators, the most complete team remaining in the tournament and winners of 30 consecutive games, will take on seventh-seeded Connecticut — the last team to beat UF — on Saturday at 6:09 p.m. in AT&T Stadium at the Final Four.
UConn (30-8) upset Michigan State 60-54 in a slobberknocker Sunday afternoon in New York City, setting up a rematch and the first opportunity for the Gators to right their (very few) wrongs this season.
UF lost to Connecticut 65-64 on Dec. 2 in Storrs, Conn., as Huskies senior All-American point guard Shabazz Napier — who scored 26 points — drilled a fadeaway at the buzzer.
The Gators (36-2) will have the opportunity to avenge the loss at full strength this time after South Regional Most Outstanding Player Scottie Wilbekin — UF’s catalyst on both ends of the floor — watched the final three minutes from the bench with a high-ankle sprain. The Gators were forced to play without a point guard, as freshman Kasey Hill missed the contest with an ankle injury.
Wisconsin upends Arizona Gators, Badgers enter NC Final 4
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – First yet again this season, the Florida Gators want more. Much more.
Try a national championship.
Scottie Wilbekin scored 23 points and Florida became the first team to advance to the Final Four with a 62-52 win Saturday night over the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers in the South Region final.
The Gators reached their fifth Final Four after losing at this point in each of the past three NCAA tournaments. This time, they came in as the country’s top-ranked team and the overall No. 1 seed.
In Anaheim, California, Frank Kaminsky carried Wisconsin to the Final Four with 28 points, including six in overtime, as the Badgers defeated Arizona 64-63 in a physical West Region final.
Final Fours With Just One No. 1 Seed (Florida's 3rd)
#1 Indiana State, #2 Michigan State,
#2 DePaul, #9 Pennsylvania
This year marks the 14th time the Final Four will feature exactly one No. 1 seed (Florida). Here's a look at how the previous lone No. 1s fared, including seven who won the national championship.
Gators look to avenge their last loss -- four months ago -- against UConn in Final Four
By Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel
8:14 p.m. EDT,March 30, 2014
GAINESVILLE — It took a buzzer beater by Shabazz Napierand a late-game injury to Scottie Wilbekin for the Connecticut Huskiesto slip by theFlorida Gators the last time the two teams met.
UConn will seek for more good fortune against the nation's hottest team, while the Gators look to settle a score with the surging Huskies when the teams meet again Saturday during the Final Four.
Since that dramatic 65-64 loss at UConn on Dec. 2, UF (36-2) has reeled off 30 straight wins, with Wilbekin leading the way.
Fearsome foursome headed to Texas
Waiting for the Gators at Jerry Jones' billion-dollar stadium on Saturday will be Connecticut, back near the top of the bracket under Kevin Ollie after being barred a year ago for academic problems.
Wisconsin and coach Bo Ryan will be there, too, finally in the Final Four after so many near-misses. Bo knows the Final Four -- even if his father won't be there to join him this time.
Facing the Badgersin the other national semifinal will be all those Kentucky kids, once written off as too young and inexperienced to play for a title before they head off to the NBA.
This Final Four contains no upstarts or mid-major party crashers, just big boys with big chips on their shoulders.
Reality is, Billy Donovan has Florida in favorite role
MEMPHIS — As the final seconds evaporated Saturday at FedEx Forum, a stoic Billy Donovan made a slow walk toward Dayton's Archie Miller – a man at the very top of his profession extending his hand to one of the sport's rising coaches.
Donovan, 48, was about Miller's age when he first reached the Final Four with Florida in 2000. Since then, the perception of Donovan has changed dramatically as he has evolved and cemented his status as one of the nation's most preeminent coaches.
GAME REPORT:Florida ousts Cinderella Dayton
MR. CLUTCH:Wilbekin hits a big one
Thanks, Pel. Great quote.
Agree. Awesome quote. Its so simple....why hadn't someone thought of that before?
Thanks Growl, appreciate you posting these links, great job!
Thank you, Coach Donovan. Words can not express how thankful we are for how far you have brought the Gator basketball program in the nearly last 20 years!