Final Four Gameday – 2014 NCAA Tournament – Arlington, TX: (1) Florida Gators vs. (7) UConn

Location: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX [Capacity: 77,122]
Time: 6:09 p.m. EDT

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(1) FLORIDA GATORS (7) CONNECTICUT HUSKIES
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Kevin Ollie
Record: 36-2 Record: 30-8
Conference: Southeastern Conference: American
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Odds: Florida -6 | O/U: 127

HISTORY, STATS AND STREAKS

» Florida is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history, holding a 10-0 record overall with that seed winning the national title the previous time it held the ranking entering the tournament (2007).
» The Gators won the outright 2014 SEC regular-season title for the second-straight year and third time in the last four seasons. UF then went on to win the 2014 SEC Tournament Championship for the first time since 2007.
» The Huskies earned the right to play in the Final Four by defeating (4) Michigan State 60-54 in the Elite Eight on Sunday.
» Florida has played 58 games in 19 NCAA Tournament appearances, holding a 42-16 all-time in the event. The Gators have played 46 of those 58 games under Donovan, going 35-11 in those contests over 15 NCAA Tournaments.
» UF is 3-1 in Final Four games all-time, 3-0 under Donovan with national title game appearances in 2000, 2006-07. The Gators, which are making their first appearance in the Final Four since 2007, have not played for the national championship since.
» Florida is 1-1 all-time against UConn, 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament (1994) and 0-1 under Donovan. The Gators fell to the Huskies 65-64 earlier this season, dropping a road contest in Stoors, CT on Dec. 2, 2013.
» UF has not lost since that defeat and enters Saturday’s Final Four on a program-record 30-game winning streak with victories in 35 of its last 36 games.
» Florida is the fourth team since 1979 to enter the Final Four with a win streak of 30+ games. None of the previous three teams went on to win the national title (via ESPN).
» UConn could become just the eighth team to beat the No. 1 overall seed in the Final Four. Five of the previous seven teams to accomplish that feat went on to win the national championship (via ESPN).
» UF is the third team in NCAA Tournament history to enter the Final Four with four tournament wins by double figures while simultaneously holding its opponents under 70 points per game.
» The Gators are 86-9 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season when holding an opponent under 71 points in a game.
» UF is 15-2 this season in single-digit decisions after going 0-6 in such contests during the 2012-13 campaign. Florida is also 1-0 in overtime games.
» The Gators are 9-0 in neutral-site games this season.
» Florida is 25-5 playing as the top team in the country.
» The Gators won 30+ games prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and set a school record for most wins in a single season by defeating Dayton in the Elite Eight and advancing to the Final Four (36).


2014 NCAA TOURNAMENT – FINAL FOUR

SCOUTING REPORT

In an effort to provide an additional perspective on the Florida-UConn match-up, OnlyGators.com reached out to former Gators team manager Kyle Gilreath, who runs an interesting basketball blog Words on the Bounce and is an assistant basketball coach at Fort Myers High School. Gilreath compiled a scouting report similar to what UF uses to prepare for an opponent, which you can access via the link below.

Florida-UConn Final Four Scouting Report (.PDF)

GOOD LUCK WISHES FROM FORMER GATORS

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DON’T MISS THESE POSTS (MUST-READS IN ITALICS)

» Story – March 30: Gators get chance for revenge in rematch with Huskies (revisiting the Dec. 2, 2013 road game)

» Story – March 31: Florida is likeliest champion entering Final Four

» Feature – April 1: Often overlooked, point guard Kasey Hill coming on at perfect time

» Feature – April 2: Guard Michael Frazier II improving team by stepping up game

» Notebook – April 2: Gators prepare for Final Four as themes surround showdown

» Notebook – April 3: Coaches and players discuss build-up to Final Four

» Compilation – April 3: National media no longer sleeping on Gators

» Notebook – April 4: Expectations, maturity, confidence fuel Florida

PROGRAM RECORDS SET, EXTENDED THIS SEASON

» Wins in a single season (overall): 36
» Record to start a season (overall): 36-2
» Regular-season record (SEC): 18-0
» Winning streak (overall): 30 games
» Regular-season wins: 29
» SEC regular-season wins (single season): 18
» SEC road wins (consecutive): 9
» Home wins (overall, consecutive): 32
» Home wins (SEC, consecutive): 18

ESPN: FINAL FOUR GAME PREDICTIONS / THE EDGE


CBS: JIM NANTZ INTERVIEWS BILLY DONOVAN

CLIMBING THE CHARTS

Seniors center Patric Young and point guard Scottie Wilbekin are steadily inching their way up many of Florida’s all-time lists.

Wins at an SEC school
1. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) – 875
2. Billy Donovan (Florida) – 451

Most Wins by a Senior Class
1. Casey Prather / Scottie Wilbekin / Will Yeguete / Patric Young (2014) – 120

Games Played
1. Walter Hodge – 151
2. Patric Young – 148
3. Kenny Boynton – 145
4. Erving Walker – 144
5. Scottie Wilbekin – 142
5. Chandler Parsons / Alex Tyus – 142

Games Started
8. Ronnie Williams – 109
9. Eddie Shannon – 107
10. Patric Young – 106
10. Alex Tyus / Corey Brewer – 106

Scoring
26. Andrew DeClercq, 1,309
27. Greg Stolt 1,303
28. Matt Walsh – 1,301
29. Vernon Delancy – 1,291
30. Patric Young – 1,288

Blocked Shots
4. Andrew DeClercq – 176
5. Dwayne Davis – 160
6. Patric Young – 159

Field Goal Percentage (minimum 500 attempts)
6. Ronnie Williams – .585
7. Udonis Haslem – .584
8. David Lee – .581
9. Patric Young – .578
10. Casey Prather – .569

Dunks (unofficial statistic)
3. David Lee – 155
4. Alex Tyus – 146
5. Patric Young – 141

Personal Fouls
3. Ronnie Williams – 372
4. Malcom Cesare – 361
5. Patric Young – 358

Minutes Played
7. Eddie Shannon – 3,676
8. Patric Young – 3,612

Assists
4. Nick Calahtes – 452
5. Vernon Delancy – 427
6. Greg Williams – 423
7. Scottie Wilbekin – 418

Steals
4. Dwayne Davis – 178
5. Corey Brewer – 176
6. Scottie Wilbekin – 165

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2 Responses to “Final Four Gameday – 2014 NCAA Tournament – Arlington, TX: (1) Florida Gators vs. (7) UConn”

  1. Daniel M. says:

    Scouting report “keys to win” read pretty much the same as what the Gators have been doing all along. I’m liking that.

  2. SW FL Joe says:

    Talent>Chemistry

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