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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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Florida, Florida State falling in final day “Bracketology”

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When the field of 68 NCAA tournament teams is announced on Sunday there is certain to be a surprise and a snub or two. What does the “Bracketology,” say about which bubble teams will make it and who will remain at home? We know the names of the four Florida teams that will be called, but where will they go to open the tournament and what seed will they receive? If Joe Lunardi, the foremost expert in tournament projections is…

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High-flying ‘Noles, road warrior Gators offer entertaining basketball

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While their bowl games are still about three weeks away, the athletic departments at both Florida and Florida State each have other quality products to showcase. Each of their men’s basketball teams have something to prove in 2016-17. At the top of the to-do list is making the NCAA Tournament, something that has eluded both. Florida has missed the Big Dance the last two seasons while Florida State is enduring a four-year drought. The Gators have been ranked in the…

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Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger put Gator basketball on the map

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Lon Kruger and the NCAA Tournament are synonymous. No other coach in Division I history has taken more programs to the NCAA Tournament than the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners. Only Texas Tech’s Tubby Smith has equaled Kruger’s record of leading five different schools into the tournament. On Saturday, Kruger will lead his Sooners into the national semi-finals against the Villanova Wildcats. It will be Oklahoma’s first appearance since 2002 and fifth overall. Kruger is making his second appearance…

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