Gator News and World Report (3/18/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, March 18, 2006. Sweet or sour?; Gators In Search Of Sweetness; Panthers Say UF Win No Sure Thing; UF ready for Milwaukee's best; Humphrey has range to help take Gators deep; Florida's foe knows value of teamwork; Gators have no reason not to advance to Sweet 16; Gators pose serious threat; Seniors key Gators; Utes score high, Gators go higher and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Sweet or sour?
Here they are again, staring the Sweet 16 squarely in the face. They've been here before, three times since that run to the 2000 Final Four.

Gators In Search Of Sweetness
Adrian Moss, who jokes he has played basketball at the University of Florida since wooly mammoths roamed Gainesville, described the breadth of his experience in an interview a few months ago.

Panthers Say UF Win No Sure Thing
Though the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has a lower seed than Florida, the Panthers - who made the Sweet 16 last season and start five seniors - probably wouldn't consider a win against the Gators an upset.

UF ready for Milwaukee's best
The Gators can clear a psychological hurdle today by winning a second-round tourney game for the first time since 2000. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which starts five seniors, is undaunted.

Florida's foe knows value of teamwork
The NCAA Tournament bracket lists Wisconsin-Milwaukee as Florida's second-round opponent today in Veterans Memorial Arena.

Humphrey has range to help take Gators deep
Boo Davis doesn't scare easily. But the tattoo-covered, Chicago-bred Davis, Wisconsin-Milwaukee's senior shooting guard and top defender, also isn't foolish.

It's easy to see anything can happen in Madness
It's Madness all right, a battle for young minds. You turned on the TV and there was Montana coach Larry Krystkowiak talking about his team, a No. 12 seed, upsetting Nevada, a No. 5 seed.

Gators have no reason not to advance to Sweet 16
If you are a fan of the NBA, all you need is two-to-three seasons. That's about the amount of time it will take to see Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Corey Brewer and possibly Taurean Green playing for pay. You see, those four are the cornerstones of Florida basketball. They are the studs. They are the super sophomores, the athletes who leave Billy Donovan going gaga on a regular basis.

Gators' eyes on now
Al Horford let out a nervous chuckle. Less than an hour after the third-seeded Gators defeated No. 14 South Alabama and advanced to a second round of the NCAA tournament meeting, a reporter asked Horford about looking past No. 11 Wisconsin-Milwaukee because of its low seeding.

Gators pose serious threat
What you've seen of the Florida Gators is not a mirage. Yes, the Gators really do have a 6-foot-11 player who can push the ball up court with ease. And the Gators have at least three shooters who can hit three-pointers both spotting up and in transition. Florida's post players? They could run circles around Oklahoma's feared duo.

Finding the D
It was described as a talk, not a tongue-lashing. Still, Florida coach Billy Donovan wanted to get his point across.

UWM proves mid-major value
It might have been the moment when you could tell the experience level of the Wisconsin-Milwaukee team that faces Florida today with a Sweet 16 berth on the line.

Boo Davis overcomes meningitis
Chris Hill remembers the day, Boo Davis' first appearance at a 2004 practice for Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

T-shirts: A matter of comfort
Corey Brewer does because of his physique. J.J. Reddick's is a cut-off. Lee Humphrey did when he had to but not any more. Adam Morrison doesn't. Neither does anybody on the Georgia team.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Women's basketball: Gators hope to capitalize on experience
Together, the four seniors on the Florida women's basketball team have been through it all. They were together when the Gators made the NCAA Tournament in 2004, beating New Mexico in front of 16,029 frenzied Lobos fans in Albuquerque, N.M., in the opening round.

Seniors key Gators
When Florida's women's team takes the court at Tucson, Ariz., tonight in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, it will be proof how time flies.

UF already weathered one storm
Only two days into their stay in Tucson and the Florida Gators were already declaring themselves survivors.

Ex-Gators assistant succeeding at Tulsa
Everything has been happening in a hurry for Charlene Thomas-Swinson since she left Florida as an assistant last year to take the head coaching job at Tulsa.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

Utes score high, Gators go higher
By not counting a fall Friday, the Utah gymnastics team accomplished half of what it set out to do against the No. 3 ranked Florida Gators. But the first solid effort of the season wasn't quite enough for the No. 2 Utes to beat the Gators, who finished with a season-best 197.325 to Utah's 196.675.

Regular season ends on high note for UF
The No. 3 Florida gymnastics team (16-2, 4-2) ended its regular season Friday night at the O'Connell center just as it had hoped: by beating No. 2 Utah and turning in its best performance of the season.

Florida Gator Baseball

Gators hand Arkansas ace rare loss
Friday night's Arkansas-Florida baseball game was supposed to be about the return to the Gator lineup of the Southeastern Conference's biggest bat. It turned out to be a showcase of two of the conference's top arms.

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