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Can Gators display the patience needed to take down Wisconsin?

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As the Florida Gators prepare to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in Friday night’s Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden, an old saying applies to Florida players, coaches and fans: Patience is a virtue. But that is what is required to play against the well-coached, disciplined Badger team. On defense, eighth-seeded Wisconsin plays tough and aggressively, hoping to force undisciplined teams into taking quick shots. On offense, they are not afraid to run the shot clock down to the last…

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Devin Robinson, others step up to help Gators avoid upset

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Listening to the “experts,” the Florida Gators sounded like underdogs to East Tennessee State heading into Thursday’s NCAA Tournament first round game at the Amway Center in Orlando. Despite being a 10-point favorite with odds makers, several pundits had the fourth-seeded Gators on “upset alert” against the 13th seed Buccaneers. To be sure, the pressure is on the higher seed in games like these. Double-digit seeds have low expectations. Since 1985, 13th seeds have beaten fourth seeds 26 times. With…

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College basketball roundup: Miami upset

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Northeastern 78, Miami 77 Quincy Ford made a jumper as time expired leading the Northeastern Huskies to a 78-77 upset win over the No. 15 Miami Hurricanes on Friday. The loss was the first by Miami after four season-opening wins, including two over ranked teams. Miami was favored by 16 points. Northeastern jumped out to a quick 17-8 lead and pushed the lead to 11 at the midway point of the first half. Miami closed the gap to 35-30 at…

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