Gameday – 2014 NCAA Tournament – Orlando, FL: (1) Florida Gators vs. (9) Pittsburgh Panthers

Location: Amway Center – Orlando, FL [Capacity: 20,000]
Time: 12:15 p.m. EDT

TV: CBS (Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner, Kristine Leahy)
SiriusXM: 85/190 | Radio: [Westwood One]
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Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Jamie Dixon
Record: 33-2 Record: 26-9
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Atlantic Coast
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Odds: Florida -5.5 | O/U: 124


» Florida is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history, holding a 7-0 record with that seed and 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 Panthers earned the right to play in the Round of 32 by defeating (8) Colorado 77-48 in the Round of 64 on Thursday.
» Florida has played 55 games in 19 NCAA Tournament appearances, holding a 39-16 all-time in the event. The Gators have played 43 of those 55 games under Donovan, going 32-11 in those contests over 15 NCAA Tournaments.
» UF is 9-4 in Round of 32 games and has now been knocked out in its second NCAA Tournament game since 2005. Florida has advanced to play two games in the tournament in 14 of its 19 appearances. In its last six NCAA Tournament appearances, the Gators have won back-to-back national championships (2006-07) and advanced to three-straight Elite Eights (2011-13).
» Florida is 2-4 all-time against Pittsburgh, but the Gators and Panthers have never squared off since Donovan took over the former team.
» UF enters Saturday’s third-round game on a program-record 27-game winning streak with victories in 32 of its last 33 games.
» The Gators are 84-9 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.
» Florida is 6-0 in neutral-site games this season.
» The Gators are 23-5 playing as the top team in the country.
» Florida won 30+ games prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and can set a school record for most wins in a season by winning three more games and advancing to the Final Four.

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Florida Gators basketball releases complete 2011-12 non-conference schedule

Florida Gators basketball announced the team’s 2011-12 non-conference schedule on Wednesday. Florida will face six opponents who took part in the 2011 NCAA Tournament while also participating in four events scattered throughout the country – the Global Sports Shootout, Florida Citrus Sports Shootout, BIG EAST/SEC Challenge and Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

“We’ve made it a practice to play a difficult non-conference schedule, and this is perhaps the toughest one yet,” head coach Billy Donovan said in an official school release. “That’s something that really helps prepare us for the NCAA Tournament. We’re also looking forward to playing games in front of our great fans from several different areas of Florida, and we host some exciting matchups on our home court, as well.”

Below is the official 2011-12 non-conference schedule:

Date/TimeGator BaitResult
11/13 at 9:30 pm (CBSSN)vs. Navy (Md.)W 59-41
11/16 at 8:00 pm (SECN+)vs. N.C. A&TW 104-54
11/21 at 2:30 pm (ESPN3)at St. Joseph'sW 74-63
11/22 at TBA (TBA)vs. TBA (Ct.)L 70-85
11/25 at 3:00 pm (SECN)vs. Vermont (Ct.)W 86-62
11/27 at 6:30 pm (SECN)vs. FGCUW 70-50
12/1 at 7:00 pm (SECN)vs. RichmondW 76-56
12/8 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at MiamiL 55-66
12/12 at 6:00 pm (ESPN2)at Michigan StateL 52-58
12/19 at 4:00 pm (FS1)vs. Okla. StateW 72-70
12/22 at 7:00 pm (SECN+)vs. JacksonvilleW 89-65
12/29 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)vs. Florida StateL 71-73
1/2 at 8:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. GeorgiaW 77-63
1/6 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2)at TennesseeL 69-83
1/9 at 1:30 pm (CBS)vs. LSuW 68-62
1/12 at 7:00 pm (SECN)at Texas A&ML 68-71
1/16 at 8:00 pm (ESPN2)at Ole MissW 80-71
1/19 at 7:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. Miss. StateW 81-78
1/23 at 8:00 pm (SECN)vs. AuburnW 95-63
1/26 at 9:00 pm (ESPNU)at VanderbiltL 59-60
1/30 at 12:00 pm (ESPN)vs. West VirginiaW 88-71
2/3 at 7:00 pm (SECN)vs. ArkansasW 87-83
2/6 at 4:00 pm (CBS)at KentuckyL 61-80
2/9 at 9:00 pm (ESPNU)vs. Ole MissSEC
2/13 at 5:30 pm (SECN)vs. AlabamaSEC
2/16 at 9:00 pm (ESPN/U)at GeorgiaSEC
2/20 at 12:00 pm (SECN)at So. CarolinaSEC
2/23 at 7:00 pm (ESPN/2)vs. VanderbiltSEC
2/27 at TBD (ESPN/2)at LSUSEC
3/1 at 7:00 pm (ESPN)vs. KentuckySEC
3/5 at 7:30 pm (SECN)at MissouriSEC


» Donovan’s son, Billy Donovan, Jr., is a guard for Catholic University.
» Ohio State won the Big Ten Championship in 2010-11.
» Florida will play four games in the state of Florida but not in Gainesville.
» As OGGOA first reported on April 28, the Gators’ participation in the GSS is part of a five-team “tournament” featuring a collection of games played at different arenas.
» Florida will play in the FCSS for the second-straight season; UF lost to Central Florida in the series’ inaugural game at the Amway Arena last season.
» Twelve teams each from the Big East and SEC will each compete in the BIG EAST/SEC Challenge from Dec. 1-3.
» Transfer guard Mike Rosario will square-off against the team he left, Rutgers.
» It is the fourth-straight year the Gators will play a non-conference opponent on Jan. 3 (3-0) and second-straight year they will play one on New Years Eve day.

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