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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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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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Huge upset highlights opening night; Gators win, USF falls

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The Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes cruised to opening night wins in college basketball, but a huge upset is making news around the country. Florida overcame Navy’s stubborn defense to post a big win on the road, while Miami rolled over Texas Rio Grande Valley. Western Illinois 69, Wisconsin 67 Wisconsin was the national runner-up in last season’s NCAA tournament, losing a close game to the champion Duke Blue Devils. But on Friday night, the Badgers fell to the Western…

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