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  • Wilbekin helps lift Gators to win over UCLA, back to Elite 8

    Wilbekin helps lift Gators to win over UCLA, back to Elite 8
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Every time the Florida Gators had a little breathing room, the UCLA Bruins reeled them in and would not go away. It went this way over and over during Thursday night's Sweet 16 matchup until Gators' point guard Scottie Wilbekin...
  • UF freshman Hill sparks Gators off the bench again

    UF freshman Hill sparks Gators off the bench again
    UF senior Scottie Wilbekin has not taken a backseat to any point guard during the Gators' run to another Elite Eight. But Wilbekin has been more than happy to share the ride with freshman back-up Kasey Hill. The 6-foot-2 Wilbekin is the Gators' leader...
  • Gators cruise past UCLA for 29th win in row

    Gators cruise past UCLA for 29th win in row MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Guard Michael Frazier II shot like his old self, guard Scottie Wilbekin made big plays in crunch time, and freshman point guard Kasey Hill handed out a career-high 10 assists. It all...
  • Florida tops UCLA to reach 4th straight Elite 8

    Florida tops UCLA to reach 4th straight Elite 8
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Top-seeded Florida won its 29th consecutive game, holding off fourth-seeded UCLA 79-68 Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament's South Regional semifinals at FedExForum. Florida (35-2) will play 11th-seeded Dayton, which defeated...
  • Gators' Finney-Smith embraces sixth man position

    Gators' Finney-Smith embraces sixth man position
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UF sixth man Dorian Finney-Smith arrived at the NCAA Tournament last week with a bounce in his step and his ever-present smile wider than ever. Finney-Smith realized a dream reaching college basketball's biggest stage for the...
  • Billy Donovan has become UF's version of John Wooden after beating UCLA, reaching another Elite 8

    Billy Donovan has become UF's version of John Wooden after beating UCLA, reaching another Elite 8
    MEMPHIS — Somewhere up there in hoops heaven, after the Florida Gators once again defeated his former program in the NCAA Sweet 16 Thursday night, the late, great John Wooden must have looked down in bewilderment at the alternative basketball...
  • NCAA tournament: Florida eliminates UCLA once again, 79-68

    NCAA tournament: Florida eliminates UCLA once again, 79-68
    Top-ranked and No. 1-seeded Florida is going to its fourth consecutive Elite Eight in the NCAA basketball tournament. UCLA is going home to Westwood for the fourth time since 2006 after meeting the Gators in the NCAA tournament, this time getting beat,...
  • Billy Donovan signed to coach Gators through 2019

    Billy Donovan signed to coach Gators through 2019
    Billy Donovan signed a three-year contract extension in February expected to keep him coaching the Gators through the 2018-19 season. Donovan agreed to the contract last June and signed it in February, according to a UF spokesman. The deal will pay...
  • Losses are still tough for Florida's Billy Donovan

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One of the toughest lessons Billy Donovan had to learn as a coach was how to let go once the clock ran out. Losing wore on Donovan as a young coach. Eventually, he would realize that obsessively analyzing every detail of what went...
  • Bruins not studying up on Florida history

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Florida defeated UCLA in the 2011 NCAA tournament, eliminating the Bruins in the second round. Still, it was a Sweet 16 moment for current UCLA freshman guard Bryce Alford — his birthday was a couple of months earlier....
  • Gators coach Billy Donovan hopes to avert another NCAA Tournament disappointment

    Gators coach Billy Donovan hopes to avert another NCAA Tournament disappointment
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One of the toughest lessons Billy Donovan had to learn as a coach was how to let go once the clock ran out. Losing wore on Donovan as a young coach. Eventually, he would realize obsessively analyzing every detail of what went...
  • Preview: UCLA vs. Florida

    Top-seeded Florida looks to knock No. 4 seed UCLA out of the NCAA tournament for the fourth time since 2006 on Thursday when the teams meet in the South regional semifinals in Memphis. The Gators have won 28 straight games to reach the Sweet 16 for the...