Gator News and World Report (3/21/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, March 21, 2006. Battle of the (really) bigs; Gators have learned well from losses; Two former Gators honored by NCAA; Florida will host a volleyball championship regional in 2006; UF assistant coach checks out Delaware; Noah still remembers Hoyas snub; Noah still remembers Hoyas snub; Hoyas Are Up Next For Gators; Jilted Noah looking for payback; Things to watch | Florida Gators; Blue Hens interview Florida assistant and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Battle of the (really) bigs
n the Sweet Sixteen the Gators will match size with Georgetown. There is big and awkward and then there is big and athletic.

Gators have learned well from losses
Sometimes runs like this are fueled by buzzer-beaters and late rallies. Sometimes they seem to be lost and are suddenly found. Sometimes it's hard to keep hope alive.

UF assistant coach checks out Delaware
Like the other Florida assistant coaches, Anthony Grant has a full plate this week as the Gators prepare for the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Noah still remembers Hoyas snub
Joakim Noah is a fiery, emotional basketball player anyway, but Florida's sophomore forward will be even more hyped for Friday night's NCAA Tournament game against Georgetown.

Hoyas Are Up Next For Gators
Once again, Georgetown University stands between Billy Donovan and the Final Four. Only this time, the Hoyas are the underdogs.

Jilted Noah looking for payback
UF's Joakim Noah wanted to play at Georgetown, but the Hoyas weren't interested. Now, he gets a chance for revenge in Friday's game.

Gators' Noah primed to punish Hoyas
Florida sophomore Joakim Noah's pile of Georgetown Hoyas paraphernalia is gone. He isn't sure where it wound up — not that he cares.

Blue Hens interview Florida assistant
Another assistant from one of the nation's most successful college basketball programs has entered the picture in the University of Delaware's search for a new men's coach.

Gators face tall task in Hoyas
Ohio State thought it had an answer for 7-foot-2 Georgetown center Roy Hibbert.

Noah's revenge: G'town
Joakim Noah attended summer basketball camp at Georgetown for about seven years. He fell in love with the program, wearing Hoyas gear and dreaming of playing for John Thompson.

Florida's Noah taking bigger bite out of foes
For those who tune into college basketball only during the NCAA tournament, Florida sophomore forward Joakim Noah might seem like a revelation. After all, last season in the Gators' second-round exit, Noah played just two minutes.

Donovan explains past flops
Fans and pundits alike have spent the last six years discussing the reasons for UF's NCAA Tournament woes.

Florida Gator Tracy Caulkins and Megan Neyer

Two former Gators honored by NCAA
Former Florida athletes Tracy Caulkins and Megan Neyer have been named the Division I Most Outstanding Swimmer and Diver, respectively, for the past 25 years in NCAA championship competition, the NCAA announced.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Florida will host a volleyball championship regional in 2006
The University of Florida was awarded one of four 2006 NCAA Volleyball Championship regionals as announced by the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee on Monday.

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Things to watch | Florida Gators
Cornerback Avery Atkins. As a freshman last season, Atkins didn't see any significant playing time until late in the season, when Vernell Brown went down with a broken leg. Atkins responded with four tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception against rival Florida State. Only a sophomore, Atkins is suddenly forced to carry a huge load this year. With Brown graduated and starter Dee Webb heading to the NFL Draft, Atkins and Reggie Lewis are likely to enter the season as Florida's starting cornerbacks.

Florida Gator Baseball

McMahon to face alma mater
Thirty years ago, a young Pat McMahon received his first taste of coaching in the college ranks. When a bout with kidney stones sidelined former Stetson coach Jim Ward, McMahon, then a student assistant for the Hatters, assumed Ward's position for a 10-game stretch, going 7-3.

Florida Gator Tennis

Illinois Faces Florida on Tuesday
The seventh-ranked Illinois men's tennis team (12-3, 3-0) will face another difficult test on Tuesday when it faces 14th-ranked Florida (8-4, 2-2) in Gainesville. The match is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET.

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