With strands of net behind their ears, Florida seniors Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete and Patric Young stopped at midcourt and kissed the floor.
It may come as a surprise to non-college basketball fans, but the number one team in the country is from the Sunshine State as head coach Billy Donovan has the Florida Gators poised again to “chase greatness.”
Michael Frazier II scored 17 points, Scottie Wilbekin added 13 and No. 6 Florida handled Tennessee 67-41 on Saturday for its 11th consecutive win.
Like the three other teams in the Orange Bowl Classic, Fresno State found the rims at the BB&T Center to be unforgiving.
Will Yeguete led a strong rebounding effort Saturday by the 16th-ranked Florida Gators, who pulled away in the second half to beat Fresno State 66-49 in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Florida coach Billy Donovan was looking for energy, and he found it from someone who didn’t have a lot to give.
The Florida Gators came within one victory of making it to the Final Four this year. Monday, the team found out it got a big piece back for next season that will make the squad a favorite to reach next year’s big dance.
Florida coach Billy Donovan likes it when his team can run up and down the court. In their opening game of the NCAA tournament, not even the nation’s highest-scoring team could keep up with the Gators.
BJ Young missed an open 3-pointer 10 seconds into the game, setting the tone for a long night for Arkansas.
Eighth-ranked Florida was beaten at its own game by Kansas State. The Wildcats kept chasing down loose balls, kept taking away passing lanes on defense and generally made life miserable for Mike Rosario and the rest of the Gators.