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Overpowering performance shows Gators belong in Sweet 16

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If the Florida Gators play like they did on Saturday, they have a chance to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Florida smothered the beleaguered Virginia Cavaliers, 65-39 in a second round game at the Amway Center in Orlando. This game was expected to be a defensive-oriented contest since neither team was known as offensive juggernauts. Florida has shown the ability to post big wins when they shoot around 50 percent. Three straight 30-point blowouts and a 22-point…

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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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Orlando hosts Florida-flavored NCAA Tournament first round

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For NCAA Tournament organizers, their desire to fill seats at the eight first and second round sites, Orlando should be gold for them. With the Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles and Florida Gulf Coast Eagles coming to the Amway Center in Orlando on Thursday, fans of all three teams will not have far to travel. Florida’s other NCAA Tournament is Miami. The eighth-seeded Hurricanes will open play on Friday in Tulsa against the ninth-seeded Michigan State Spartans. The team traveling…

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Hurricanes smack Cavaliers to become bowl eligible

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Saturday’s game between Virginia and Miami did not finish like it started. The Hurricanes rocked the Cavaliers 34-14, but had to recover after the worst possible start. On Miami’s first play from scrimmage, Quarterback Brad Kaaya was picked off by Micah Kiser at the Miami 18. Five plays later the Cavaliers were in the end zone and had a 7-0 lead. Kaaya was able to shake it off and the Hurricanes led 17-14 at half time. The second half started…

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Syracuse shocks Virginia with huge second half comeback

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Sunday’s Midwest Regional final was one of those games that define March Madness. Just when it looks like one team is cruising to the Final Four, the other makes a miraculous comeback. The Syracuse Orange rode a 29-8 run over the final 9:33 to upset ACC foe Virginia, 68-62 in Chicago to steal the Final Four berth. The tenth-seeded Orange played a nearly flawless second half to overhaul the top-seeded Cavaliers and send them home wondering what happened. Syracuse did…

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ACC goes 4-for-4 in Friday NCAA action

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Four Atlantic Coast Conference teams prevailed in Friday’s regional semi-final action, setting up conference match ups in the regional finals on Sunday. Virginia, the top seed in the Midwest Regional, dominated fourth-seeded Iowa State, 84-71. Notre Dame, the sixth seed in the East Regional, made a stunning comeback in the final seconds to defeat seventh-seeded Wisconsin, 61-56. The Midwest’s Region’s 10th seed, Syracuse, made a late comeback and edged 11th seeded Gonzaga 63-60. North Carolina, the top seed in the…

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ACC trots out 4 more teams in Friday NCAA action

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After coming up empty on Thursday, the ACC will try to get at least one of their teams into the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament. Oregon ended Duke’s season in the West Regional, while Villanova routed Miami in the South Regional. Former ACC stalwart Maryland was sent home by Kansas in the South. The conference has better odds on Friday. Two of the tournament’s top seeds will be in action. Virginia takes on fourth-seeded Iowa State in the Midwest…

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