Round of 16 mostly sweet to Gators
Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 5:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 5:31 p.m.
Florida's basketball program is playing in its ninth Sweet 16 and its seventh under Billy Donovan. Here is how Florida has played in previous Sweet 16 games:
Who: No. 3 seed Florida Gators (28-7) vs. No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (26-10)
When: 10:07 p.m.
Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Gainesville-area TV: TBS
Gainesville-area radio: 103.7 FM
Syracuse 87, Florida 81
Site: Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, N.J.
The skinny: Florida made it all the way to the third round in its first NCAA Tournament appearance. The Gators were up five on the mighty Orange with 5:10 to play. But on a fast break, Andrew Moten's shot was blocked by Syracuse's Derrick Coleman which led to a three-point play at the other end. Syracuse then took control of the game. Rony Seikaly had 33 points for Syracuse while Vernon Maxwell had 25 for Florida.
Florida 69, Connecticut 60 (OT)
Site: Miami Arena, Miami.
The skinny: The Gators needed a miracle and got it with three seconds to play when Connecticut star Donyell Marshall clanged two free throws with three seconds remaining in the game. Florida then rolled in overtime to reach the Elite Eight for the first time in the school's history. Craig Brown and Dan Cross each had 17 points for UF, and it was a big 3 from Cross that put the game out of reach in OT.
Gonzaga 73, Florida 72
Site: American Airways Arena, Phoenix, Ariz.
The skinny: It was Heartbreak City for the Gators in Billy Donovan's first foray into the tournament. The Gonzaga center went over the back of Brent Wright to tip in a missed shot with 4.4 seconds remaining to give the Zags the lead. Eddie Shannon's half-court shot spun out of the basket, and Florida's season ended. “There are a lot of tears in that locker room,” Donovan said after the game. Greg Stolt led Florida with 16 points while Mike Miller had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Florida 87, Duke, 78
Site: The Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
The skinny: Florida used its bench to overwhelm the Blue Devils and reach the Elite Eight. The Gator bench outscored Duke's 35-6 in the game and were led by Brett Nelson's 15 points. Shane Battier led Duke with 20 points. The Blue Devils were held to 3-of-19 shooting from 3-point range.
Florida 57, Georgetown 53
Site: H.H.H. Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minn.
The skinny: Corey Brewer made the play of the tournament for the Gators when he threw in a shot while being fouled with 27.5 seconds to play. Brewer said he didn't even look at the basket when he let the shot go. He made the three-point play, and Florida held on for the win. Joakim Noah had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for UF.
Florida 65, Butler 57
Site: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis.
The skinny: Florida was in control for most of the second half and made some big free throws down the stretch in an uneventful game. For the game, Florida made 23 of 28 free throws. Taurean Green led Florida with 17 points and made a big 3 just before halftime. The Gators had four players in double figures.
Florida 83, BYU 74 (OT)
Site: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans.
The skinny: Alex Tyus had a career game scoring 19 points and grabbing 17 rebounds, and Florida was able to contain BYU's Jimmer Fredette. Fredette did score 33 points, but he took 29 shots, made only 3 of 15 from behind the arc and had to wear a bandage on his chin in the second half.
Florida 68, Marquette 58
Site: US Airways Center, Phoenix.
The skinny: Bradley Beal put on a show in his next-to-last game for the Gators, as he scored 21 points and made 8 of 10 from the field. Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton each had 11 points for the Gators, who never let Marquette get closer than four points in the game.