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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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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 roundup: Gators come up short at Michigan State

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Going into their game with No. 1 Michigan State on Saturday, the Florida Gators knew their effort and execution would need to be at midseason level to have a chance for the upset. Making a fair amount of shots would help, too. Florida put forth a strong effort and committed only eight turnovers against a good Spartan defense. Unfortunately, far too few shots fell for the Gators, allowing Michigan State to escape with a 58-52 victory in East Lansing, Mich.…

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