Gator News and World Report (3/19/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, March 19, 2006. G'town-OSU winner next up for Gators; This may be the sweetest Sweet 16; Moss happy to contribute, happier to win; Brewer wears out UWM and the net; Most wins in school history; Razorbacks even series; Women's swim team 10th at NCAAs; Sweet rout to 16; Carefree Gators march on; Gators are good, but how good?; Gators stifle Panthers' 2 stars;

Florida Gator Basketball

G'town-OSU winner next up for Gators
As the final seconds ticked away and the Gators' first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2000 became a certainty, Joakim Noah turned to teammates Taurean Green and Corey Brewer and pumped his fist onto his chest.

This may be the sweetest Sweet 16
He needed it.The players needed it.The Gator Nation needed it.They all got it.In convincing fashion, Florida's basketball team threw off the shackles of NCAA struggles the past five years and moved on to the Sweet 16.

Moss happy to contribute, happier to win
Senior Florida forward Adrian Moss began the year opting out of the cover of the media guide because he feared it was bad luck.

Brewer wears out UWM and the net
It was a plan born from defense rather than offense, but it was offense that was the result.

Most wins in school history
Taurean Green has a winter coat."I haven't broken it out in two years," said the Florida guard.

Sweet rout to 16
The sign the young Florida fan held above his head was cheap, just a white poster board scribbled with blue writing.

Brewer in brief daze after charge
Corey Brewer hit the court hard, and things started to turn fuzzy.

UF Lets Truth Be Known
After August running sessions that drove strong young men to tears, Joakim Noah knew.

Gators' Success Worth The Sacrifice
Florida C Joakim Noah joked a few weeks ago that his grandfather, who lives in the African nation of Cameroon, would perform a voodoo ritual sacrifice of two chickens to help the Gators in the SEC Tournament.

Florida advances to NCAA's Sweet 16
n the final minute, Florida Coach Billy Donovan decided to pull Adrian Moss, his team's lone senior.

Carefree Gators march on
Shrugging off recent NCAA Tournament woes, Florida moved into the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000 with a dominating victory against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Stopper shines as shooter
Corey Brewer, the SEC's co-Defensive Player of the Year, was on the mark from long range and had a team-high 23 points.

Sweet redemption for Gators
Out cold early, on fire a little later, Corey Brewer was unconscious — literally and figuratively.

Gators are good, but how good?
Now, of course, the question changes. The Florida Gators, for the first time since they played in the NCAA Tournament title game six years ago, have a place among college basketball's Sweet 16 membership. They got there Saturday afternoon in Veterans Memorial Arena on the wings of a decidedly un-veteran team — four sophomores and a junior make up the starting lineup — with a thoroughly convincing 82-60 rout of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Gators stifle Panthers' 2 stars
Since Thursday evening, when the first footage of Wisconsin-Milwaukee flashed in front of the Gators, Florida focused on stopping Boo Davis and Joah Tucker.

Donovan deserves praise for building Florida's program
Billy Donovan is getting a raw deal. Not as head coach at Florida; that's a great gig, at least since he took over the program. Instead, he's receiving criticism that isn't warranted and is being held to expectations that do not take into account what he has accomplished.

Gators put end to postseason woes
Florida overwhelmed Wisconsin-Milwaukee 82-60 on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Arena to make it back to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000.

UF feels 16 again
Florida senior Adrian Moss has been through the disappointment. He has experienced the anguish of perennial failure. Early-round flameouts in the NCAA Tournament had become a yearly event for the fifth-year Gator.

Donovan, Florida are growing up
Maturity. That's the difference between this Florida basketball team and the last five that never got to dance past the first musical set.

This one was all about Billy
It was a barrier, whether Billy Donovan liked it or not. And he didn't. At some point, Donovan needed to break through the thickening wall that was the NCAA Tournament's first weekend.

No keeping Brewer down
Florida sophomore guard Corey Brewer was sitting on the Gators' bench looking straight ahead.

Moss sparks Gator run
At the beginning of the season, Florida's players talked about how this season was for Adrian Moss -- the lone senior on the team.

Gators still dancin'
The stakes just got higher. Florida forward Joakim Noah said late in the regular season that his grandfather, Zacharie Noah of Cameroon, had sacrificed a chicken to help the team win a game.

Florida Gator Baseball

Razorbacks even series
Shoddy Florida fielding and excellent Arkansas defense doomed the Gators as they fell 3-2 Saturday to the Razorbacks at McKethan Stadium.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators calm, collected at NCAA tournament
Sha Brooks was lounging on a couch in Florida's locker room prior to Friday's practice at the McKale Center. Her legs were thrown up and head back in a relaxing pose.

New Mexico 83, Florida 59
Florida traveled all the way from the swamp to the desert only to get blown out by New Mexico's best night of basketball this season.

Florida Gator Swimming

Women's swim team 10th at NCAAs
The Florida women's swimming and diving team captured 10th place at the 2006 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

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