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.
Florida had a signature road win in its grasp, leading by six points with a minute left.
Norfolk State became the biggest Cinderella at the NCAA Tournament ball Friday night by upsetting second-seed Missouri. The Spartans will be rewarded by facing a tournament-tested Florida Gators team Sunday.