Gator News and World Report (3/26/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, March 26, 2006. Brewer's shot cements this team in history; Once more for Final Four; A look at the second half of the round of 16; Be careful what you wish for; New Guard Gives Gators Elite Status; Ex-Gator Helped Mold Current Crop; UF players like Horford make this team special; Gators aren't living in the past; UF can't let 'Cats' clawing put it in fouling mood and more....

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Brewer's shot cements this team in history
he first thing you thought was that he was going where he shouldn't go, two Georgetown players smothering Corey Brewer with the game on the line.

Once more for Final Four
Florida point guard Taurean Green remembered the empty feeling, realizing how much more Villanova wanted to move on in the NCAA Tournament than the Gators.

Maybe this really is 'Nova's year
By almost every measure, the Villanova Wildcats should be trudging back to Philadelphia, wondering how it all went wrong.

A look at the second half of the round of 16
The Big East had two No. 1 seeds playing Friday night in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

Be careful what you wish for
The Florida men's basketball team might not have received much fan support Friday night at the Metrodome, but it had two ardent supporters along press row.

Brewer's no-look heave was a 'prayer' answered
The play wasn't as spectacular as some of his dunks, but it will go down in Florida men's basketball history as something much more important.

3-pointers keep 'Cats purring
The 3-point line will likely determine whether Villanova or Florida advances to the Final Four. The Wildcats love to shoot from long range -- a byproduct of their four-guard lineup -- and have three players with at least 76 3-pointers: Mike Nardi (76), Randy Foye (87) and Allan Ray (106). They are shooting 38.1 percent from 3-point range as a team.

New Guard Gives Gators Elite Status
Corey Brewer sank the game-winner, and he and his teammates sprinted off the floor.

Ex-Gator Helped Mold Current Crop
If Florida beats Villanova today to advance to the Final Four, the Gators owe a thank you to one of the members of the Gators' first Final Four team.

UF players like Horford make this team special
We gravitate to Joakim Noah, surround him, dote upon him, hang upon his every word.

Gators aren't living in the past
Villanova eliminated UF from the tournament last year, but the Gators warn that they are quite a different team. 'I think ['Nova is] in for a rude awakening,' Chris Richard said.

Will bad things come in threes?
The Magic Number is three. That's how many victories the Florida Gators need to win their first national title. But UF coach Billy Donovan thinks the biggest difference in today's regional final against Villanova will be on the three-point arc.

Gators one victory from 'every player's dream'
Taurean Green's father went to the Final Four, and all he brought his son was a lousy T-shirt. The Florida Gators' sophomore point guard hopes to pick up a new one next week in Indianapolis — and grab a national title along with it.

UF can't let 'Cats' clawing put it in fouling mood
The NCAA basketball tournament is so uncommonly devilish that I am moved to present the theory of 6-6-6 as it relates to the Florida Gators.

Wildcats, Gators ready for rematch
A year later, the image is still fresh in Villanova's mind. Star forward Curtis Sumpter crumpled on the floor in pain, his knee ligament shredded, and the Wildcats wondering how they were going to hold on in their second-round game against Florida.

Gators relying on sophs
Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Taurean Green and Corey Brewer all arrived on Florida's campus in the summer of 2004.

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Gamecocks' fifth enough for victory
Host South Carolina (21-3, 4-1 SEC) rallied from a 5-2 deficit with four runs in the fifth, highlighted by a two-out, three-run homer by junior Robbie Grinestaff, to hand Florida (17-10, 2-3 SEC) a 6-5 defeat on Saturday afternoon.

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