VETTEL: Updated Gator NCAA Hoops Tidbits

Here's even more tidbits and trivia on the Gator's recent run to the Sweet Sixteen as they take on Georgetown next week.

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 19-and-12 in the event ----- The first win came over North Carolina State and Jim Valvano in 1987.

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 are in their fifth Sweet 16 ----- The Gators lost in the third round in '87 and '99 and reached the Final Four in '94 and '00.

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 has posted a 5-and-3 record in the Sunshine State.  

This is Florida's second trip to Minnesota ----- The Gators fell to the Golden Gophers 74-to-66 in the 1993 N-I-T first round.

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.

Joakim Noah ----- Set the Gator NCAA Tournament single game record when he blocked five shots against South Alabama. He almost matched that with four blocks in the Wisconsin-Milwaukee game.

Lee Humphrey ----- Now holds the UF record for three-pointers in a single game after dropping six bombs on South Alabama.

Joakim Noah and Dwayne Schintzius ----- Share the UF career record for NCAA blocked shots with nine.  

Team 2005-06 Season Items

Wins record is in sight ----- Florida has tied the school record of 29 wins shared by the Gators' Final Four teams. They can be the first Gators to win 30 in a season with a victory Friday in Minneapolis. The other two teams lost eight games, but this team can not lose more than seven.

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 32 of 35 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 the 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 75 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 tied the best single season total for made three-pointers with 99. He needs one more to break the tie with Anthony Roberson 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 now has the second-best single season assist total at UF with 170. He is still well shy of Ronnie Montgomery who dished out 190 in 1987-88.

Bill Donovan ----- Now has 222 wins in his ten years with the Gators. He is just 13 away from tying Norm Sloan for the most in UF history. Sloan coached the Gators for 15 years, posting a 235-and-194 record. Donovan by comparison has just 98 losses at UF. Sloan averaged 15.7 wins a season, Donovan 22.2.

Now wasn't that educational!

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