Florida's second chances in NCAA Tournament

Florida's Al Horford scored 17 points as the Gators beat Purdue 74-67 en route to their second straight NCAA title in 2007.

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Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:56 p.m.

A closer look at how the Gators have fared in their second games of the NCAA Tournament under coach Billy Donovan:


Site: Key Arena, Seattle.

Result: Florida beat Weber State 82-74 in overtime.

The skinny: Greg Stolt's 26 points were the key to countering Harold “The Show” Arceneaux, who had 32 for Weber State. Florida made 11 3-point shots in the game.


Site: LJVM Coliseum, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Result: Florida beat Illinois, coached by Lon Kruger, 93-76.

The skinny: Mike Miller had 19 points while Brett Nelson and Teddy Dupay had 16 each. Florida reached the Sweet 16 in back-to-back years for the first time in school history.


Site: Superdome, New Orleans.

Result: Temple beat Florida 75-54.

The skinny: Florida's team was depleted by injury and had nothing left against the Owls. The Gators trailed by 20 at the half. Udonis Haslem led the Gators with 16 points.


Site: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa.

Result: Michigan State beat Florida 68-46.

The skinny: The theme going into the game was that Michigan State was too physical for Florida and then it was. Anthony Roberson missed all six shots he took.


Site: Gaylor Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Result: Villanova beat Florida 76-65.

The skinny: Despite 20 points and 12 rebounds from David Lee, the Gators couldn't match Jason Fraser and Randy Foye, who combined for 39 points.


Site: Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville.

Result: Florida beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 82-60.

The skinny: The Gators took a step toward what would be their first national title, as Corey Brewer scored 23 points. Brewer scored those 23 points in only 23 minutes of action.


Site: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans.

Result: Florida beat Purdue 74-67.

The skinny: In what was their toughest game as they tried to repeat, the Gators turned to Al Horford late in the game and he responded with 17 points.


Site: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa.

Result: Florida beat UCLA 73-65.

The skinny: Erving Walker earned the nickname “Big Shot” Erv after this game. His 3-point shot with 1:14 to play was the biggest shot of the game.


Site: CenturyLink Center, Omaha.

Result: Florida beat Norfolk State 84-50.

The skinny: Norfolk State pulled the upset of No. 2 seed Missouri two days earlier, but had nothing left for Florida. The Gators had five players in double figures and led by 28 at the half.

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