VETTEL: Team Tidbits You May Not Know...

Here's a whole bunch of interesting Florida Gator Hoops tidbits, especially related to their dance in the NCAA so far. I'll bet there's plenty you weren't aware of!

Team Tournament Items

This is Florida's 13th NCAA Tournament ----- The Gators have played four NCAA games in Syracuse, more than any other site.

The Gators are 18-and-12 in the event ----- The first win came over North Carolina State and Jim Valvano in 1987. The last win before South Alabama was over Ohio University last year.

The Gators have had four first-round exits ----- Colorado State ('89), Iowa State ('95), Creighton ('02) and Manhattan ('04) saw to it that UF was one and done.

The Gators have only faced two teams twice ----- Duke ('94, '00) and Michigan State ('00, '03) are the only teams Florida has faced more than once in NCAA play.

The Gators have gone overtime four times ----- Florida is 3-and-0 in single overtime with wins over Connecticut ('94), Weber State ('99) and Butler ('00). Florida lost its only double-over time game to Creighton.

The Gators have lost in every round except one ----- Florida is 2-and-0 in Regional finals, beating Boston College ('94) and Oklahoma State ('00).

The Gators have played in four Florida cities ----- Florida had already played in Miami ('94), Tallahassee ('95) and Tampa ('03). Florida is 4-and-3 in their home state.

Sorry' bout that Lon ----- The Gators scored their most points in an NCAA game (93) against Illinois and former Gator Coach Lon Kruger in '00.

Individual Tournament Items

Udonis Haslem is # 1 ----- Among all Gators in tournament play, U-D has the most points in a game (27 vs. Michigan St), tournament (85 in '00) and career (157).

Andrew DeClercq ----- Had the first double-double in tournament play with 16 points and 13 rebounds against Boston College in the '94 Regional Final. Al Horford has the most recent double-double, posting 14/13 Thursday.

Chris Richard ----- Was the only current Gator with a UF NCAA Tournament single game record. He blocked four shots against Ohio last year. Joakim Noah took that mark with five against South Alabama.

Craig Brown and Anthony Roberson ----- Held the UF record for three-pointers (5) in a single game. It now belongs to Lee Humphrey (6).

Dwayne Schintzius ----- Still holds the UF career record for NCAA blocked shots with nine.

Team 2005-06 Season Items

Wins record is in sight ----- Florida needs a win Saturday to tie the school record of 29 shared by the Gators' Final Four teams. They would then have a chance to break the mark in Minneapolis

Getting the point ----- Despite losing their top three scorers and the 45 points they scored every night, this team has outscored last year's by three points a game.

If not for the Gamecocks ----- Florida scored 69 or more points in 30 games this season. They failed to reach that mark in all three games against South Carolina, averaging just 59.3 in losing two out of three.

Gators in great company ----- With eight straight NCAA bids, Florida joins an elite group of programs that have been in each “big dance” since '99. Kentucky is on only other SEC school in the group, which includes Duke, Michigan State, Kansas, Arizona, Wisconsin, Gonzaga and Texas.

Gators keeping it close ----- Florida's most one-sided loss this year was by just six points, 68-62 at South Carolina. Only one other top 20 team went the entire season without a larger margin of defeat. That team is Pittsburgh.

Individual 2005-06 Season Items

Joakim Noah and Al Horford ----- Have the third and fourth best single season blocked shot totals in UF history with 71 and 62 respectively. The top two seasons belong to Dwayne Schintzius who blocked an astounding 96 shots in '87 and 90 more the next year.

Lee Humphrey ----- Has the third-best single season total for made three-pointers with 97. He needs three more to break Anthony Roberson's record and become the first Gators to knock down 100 in a season. Roberson set the record two years ago, topping the 98 Brett Nelson made in '02.

Taurean Green ----- Needs two assists for the second-best single season total at UF. That would give him 166, still well shy of Ronnie Montgomery who dished out 190 in 1987-88.

Now wasn't that educational!


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