University of Miami Hurricanes head basketball coach Jim Larranaga hopes he can awaken the echoes Thursday in the building that launched him to national prominence just six seasons ago.
In the span of just a few months, Florida has gone from football central to the center of the basketball world with the Miami Heat on a historic 26-game winning streak and the Miami Hurricanes, Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles, and Florida Gators all making the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
In the NCAA Tournament, the first part of the Final 4 was set when the 3rd ranked Florida Gators lost to 8th ranked Butler in overtime, 74-71.
The Florida Gators came into Thursday night’s game with a simple plan: wear out BYU star Jimmer Fredette. The Gators did just that on their way to a thrilling 83-74 win in overtime over the BYU Cougars.
As the Noles basketball team battle for a trip to the Elite Eight, FSU’s two youngest players this year had just been born when FSU last made it to the NCAA’s Sweet 16 in 1993.