Found March 23, 2013 on Fox Sports South:
Who would have thought the Gators could beat Northwestern State by 32 and not be the most famous Florida-based team of the NCAA tournament? Of course, the new Cinderella darling is Florida Gulf Coach University, the fast-paced 15-seed that upset Georgetown in its first-ever tournament appearance. Things were a lot more predictable in Austin, where Billy Donovan's Florida squad won going away 79-47 but in pedestrian fashion. In doing so, the Gators shook off the cobwebs and erased the memory of their SEC tournament loss to Ole Miss. But this victory also demonstrated some good and bad traits that Donovan needs to face head-on, if the Gators hope to meet expectations and play in Atlanta in a couple of weeks (the Final Four). Here are three takeaways from Friday's game: 1. Two talented big men are always better than one When Patric Young and Erik Murphy are on the floor together, the Gators are as tough inside as any team in the tournament. Separately, theyre good, pul...

Gators overcome Northwestern St., upset bug

AUSTIN, Texas -- They were aware of what happened late Thursday night when Harvard, the No. 14 seed in the West Region, knocked off No. 3-seed New Mexico. By the time the Gators took the court Friday night, they were aware that No. 13-seed LaSalle upset No. 4-seed Kansas State, a team Florida lost to in the regular season, earlier in the day. And as the Gators opened a huge lead...

Donovan Talks Wednesday

Florida head coach Billy Donovan talks to the national media as his Gators prepare for their first game of the NCAA Tournament against northwestern State. The third seeded Gators are coming off of two straight Elite-Eight appearances and his squad may have something to prove after a very good season but rough finish to the regular season and SEC tournament.

Rosario nets 25 as Florida rolls on to Sweet 16

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Mike Rosario scored 25 points and Florida used an overpowering first half to roll past Minnesota and into the NCAA tournament round of 16 for third consecutive year with a 78-64 win Sunday in the South Regional. The No. 3 seed Gators (28-7) shot a blistering 65 percent in the first half and led by 21 by halftime. The win earns Florida a return trip to the Lone...

Florida Gators 79 – Northwestern State Demons 47: Gators Open NCAA Tournament with Big Win

The Florida Gators overcame a flurry of energy from the Northwestern State Demons to cruise to a 79-47 victory in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Gators advance to the third round where they’ll face the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday, March 24 at 6:10 PM. The Demons gave the Gators all they had for the first 20 minutes, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough...

Video: Florida Gulf Coast Reaches Sweet 16, Celebrates With Chicken Dance

We all just witnessed some serious March Madness history — with the 81-71 win over San Diego State, Florida Gulf Coast University has become the first 15-seed to ever advance to the Sweet Sixteen.They will take on the Florida Gators (can we call them an in-state rival now?), whom FGCU head coach Andy Enfield said his team tried to scrimmage this off-season, but never could make...

Gators geared for familiar style of play

Florida will face a familiar style of team on Friday night to open the NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas. It’s the same tempo and speed the Gators see every day in practice. No. 14 seed Northwestern State wants to push the pace of the game and run the ball up the floor, but that isn’t a shock for Florida. The Gators will be trying to do the same thing.

Tubby, Donovan to meet again for round of 16 berth

Minnesota coach Tubby Smith knows his next opponent all too well. Six years after their last meeting in the Southeastern Conference, when Smith was still at Kentucky, he will coach against Florida's Billy Donovan again - this time in the Lone Star State with a trip to the NCAA tournament's round of 16 on the line. ''I'm pretty familiar with Billy Donovan,'...

Florida starts early on Friday

The Gators hit the practice field at 5:45 on Friday morning. The goal is to give players extra time off their feet before Saturday’s scrimmage, but it also gives the Florida coaches a chance to see how the players respond to that scenario. It’s early in the morning and cold on the practice field. Despite the elements Florida head coach Will Muschamp was happy with his team...

Strong first half propels Gators past Gophers

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Mike Rosario scored 25 points and Florida used an overpowering first half to roll past Minnesota and into the NCAA tournament round of 16 for third consecutive year with a 78-64 win Sunday in the South Regional.

Video: Easley returning with new motivation

Before the Gators pace the gridiron on game day, Dominique Easley’s famed staple rests tucked under his arm in the form of his beloved “Chucky” doll. This year, Easley’s motivation is actually just a bit bigger than Chucky — for now. The rising senior and defensive end says his drive this season lies with his 4-month-old baby boy: Dominique Earl Easley II.

Florida Gators vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers: Not Time to Look Ahead

The Florida Gators made it to the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament with little resistance. They arrive in that round facing a Minnesota Golden Gophers team they can’t look past. The Sweet Sixteen is within reach, but it’s not guaranteed; just ask Gonzaga and St. Louis. Billy Donovan faces a familiar foe in Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith. As you recall, Donovan and Smith...

The Florida Gators Will

The title isn’t a mistake. I didn’t forget to go back and fill in my thoughts once I was done with the post. I really don’t know. You don’t know. The experts don’t know. President Obama doesn’t know. I’m basically trying to tell you that no one knows where the Florida Gators will exit the 2013 NCAA Tournament. We’re all guessing based on what we’ve seen over the...

FOX Sports Florida Girl Jordana Featured in Busted Coverage

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. What do Batman, Billy Donovan, Albert E. Gator and LeBron James all have in common?! Probably more than youd think. But, in this case, theyre all mentioned in FOX Sports Florida Girl Jordanas feature for Busted Coverages FOX Sports Girl of the Week. Each week, Busted Coverage will premiere a feature from each of the FOX Sports Girls and they decided to kick...
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