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Chris Chiozza, Christian Laettner and the forgotten supporting actors

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Christian Laettner, meet Chris Chiozza. Your contributions to March Madness lore may be 25 years apart, but the memories will go on for far longer. Laettner, who was already well-known, made “The Shot,” in 1992 that kept Duke’s hopes alive for a repeat championship, which they won. Chiozza, a popular figure on the Florida campus, but relatively unknown elsewhere, sent the Gators to the Elite 8 on Friday with “The Shot 2.” One should be careful before making comparisons between…

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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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Dwayne Bacon’s game winner elevates national profile

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Going into Tuesday night’s game with Florida in Gainesville, FSU Coach Leonard Hamilton stressed that the game was more than a rivalry game. He thought the game’s importance could be measured later in the season. “Even though it’s a rivalry game, there are more ramifications that are greater than the rivalry,” he said on Monday. He was talking about playing an ACC-type of team on the road, where a victory would produce invaluable experience and confidence heading into conference play.…

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Gators hang on to beat Cowboys, 72-70

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The Florida Gators built a 10-point lead over the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday, and then hung on for an exciting 72-70 win in the Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. The Gator offense is often criticized much like the football team, but had just enough to edge the Cowboys from the Big 12. After the Cowboys took an early 8-point lead, Florida tied the game at 20 on a Dorian Finney-Smith jumper. The lead see-sawed back…

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College basketball: Gators step on Spiders

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Florida 76, Richmond 56 The Florida Gators rolled to a 76-56 win over the Richmond Spiders Tuesday night at the O’Connell Center. Florida scored the first 8 points of the game and poured it on, leading 40-17 at half. Richmond made their biggest run of the game starting the second half, when they went on a 9-0 run to cut a 25 point deficit to 42-26. The Gators responded with an 11-0 run that put them back in total control…

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