Gator News And World Report (3/20/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, March 20, 2005. Villanova survived a real-life close call; Upsets give Gators wake-up call; UF's early scare nothing like Villanova's; UF's first practice in pads is big hit; Florida on guard against Villanova trio; In '85, upstart Villanova was NCAA's supernova; Gator baseball falls to Ole Miss; Gators, Wildcats all about survival; Do Gators have abilty to March on? and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Villanova survived a real-life close call
Florida's second-round opponent in the NCAA Tournament almost didn't make it here.

Florida-Villanova game moved to 2:15
Although it was reported that Florida will play the second game Sunday in the NCAA Regional at Nashville, CBS made a late change Friday night.

Upsets give Gators wake-up call
After seeing favorites Kansas, Syracuse fall, UF players realize they were fortunate to survive.

UF's early scare nothing like Villanova's
Gators' opponent today nearly involved in airplane crash in January.

Harrowing Plane Ride Brought 'Nova Closer
Fifth-seeded Villanova almost didn't survive to make the NCAA Tournament, where the Wildcats will face fourth-seeded Florida today in the second round.

No. 5 Villanova vs. No. 4 Florida (24-7)
TIP-OFF: 2:15 p.m.; Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Florida on guard against Villanova trio
Florida guard Matt Walsh isn't worried about his own shot anymore. And he doesn't seem concerned about teammate Anthony Roberson's most recent offensive struggles, either.

In '85, upstart Villanova was NCAA's supernova
He spent a dozen years in the NBA. He played alongside Larry Bird with the Boston Celtics. He played alongside Alonzo Mourning with the Miami Heat.

Plane scare shows 'Cats value of life
The phrases are used so often, thrown around like cliches every day of the NCAA Tournament. Another team survives. Another team lives to see another day. Another team refuses to die.

Gators, Wildcats all about survival
UF and Villanova blew big leads before escaping through the first round of the NCAA tournament, but both want to come out 'fearless' in today's game.

Meltdowns part of tournament lore
When his team needs a big shot, Louisville's Larry O'Bannon heads to his back yard.

For Gators, lesson learned
When the members of the Florida basketball team walked off the court here Friday afternoon, with a 67-62 escape over Ohio University, feelings ranged from disappointment to relief. Despite a win that advanced the Gators into today's NCAA tournament second-round matchup against Villanova, the emotion missing was joy.

Do Gators have abilty to March on?
If you're looking for an explanation to Friday's defensive collapse, don't ask Florida's defensive guru.

'Nova set for a shot at elusive Sweet 16 berth
Today, the Villanova Wildcats will reach for a prize that has eluded their grasp since 1988 - a spot in the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16.

Wildcats no strangers to at least one Gator
Sitting in the Florida locker room yesterday at the Gaylord Entertainment Center, Matt Walsh was ticking off the names of the Philly guys who had been his teammates on the AAU circuit.

Florida, Villanova expect offenses to improve
Florida Coach Billy Donovan called his team's first-round scare ''a near-death experience.'' Villanova Coach Jay Wright was proud that his team also fought through a shaky second half.

Lee air ball a good miss for Florida
It may have been the most celebrated air ball since North Carolina State's Dereck Whittenburg's desperation clunker ended up in teammate Lorenzo Charles' mitts for a buzzer-beating dunk.

Lee's Gator legacy still not settled
By now, there should have been an inventory of fond memories. Too many to count and too vivid to forget.

Florida is relaxed, ready for Villanova
You know that University of Florida men's basketball team that nearly folded in the second half against Ohio University?

Florida Gator Football

Second day of practice
End-around reverses, quarterback sneaks and flat out effort riddled the University of Florida practice field on Saturday.

UF's first practice in pads is big hit
"Circle of Life" licks give Gators a taste of Meyer's tough approach.

WR Jackson predicts team will go unbeaten
After scoring four touchdowns in game-situation drills on Saturday, Florida's Chad Jackson predicted the Gators would do great things in 2005

Kickin' back: Life 'really good' for Gainesville's newest idol
When he took over as Florida football coach on Dec. 7, Urban Meyer said he had three priorities in his life: his children, his wife and football - in that order. For the past 103 days, Meyer has been concentrating on the latter. Spring practice is under way and Meyer is preparing to make his mark on the Gators football program. Meyer spent a few moments with Times staff writer Antonya English to talk about family, his ideal evening and what might have been his other profession.

Florida Gator Baseball

Gator baseball falls to Ole Miss
All-American Stephen Head pitched and batted host Mississippi to a 10-4 victory against Florida on Saturday.

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