NCAA Sweet 16: (7) Florida vs. (3) Marquette

By Adam Silverstein
March 22, 2012

Location: US Airways Center – Phoenix, AZ [Capacity: 18, 422]
Time: 10:17 p.m. (ET)

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Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Buzz Williams
Record: 25-10 Record: 27-7
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Big East
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Odds: Florida +2; O/U 146.5


No. 3-seed Marquette, which has won 15 of their last 18 games dating back to Jan. 11, registered a dominant second-round victory (88-68) over Brigham Young before taking down No. 6-seed Murray State in third-round action to advance to the Sweet 16. The Golden Eagles went 15-5 against Big East opponents in 2011-12 but lost by 17 to Vanderbilt, the only SEC team they played this season.

Forward Jae Crowder, the 2012 Big East Player of the Year, is Marquette’s top weapon, averaging 17.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.0 block in 33.0 minutes per game. He also shots .504 from the field, .353 from three and .732 from the line. Joining him in leading the Golden Eagles is guard Darius Johnson-Odom, who averages 18.5 points and shoots 38.9 percent from downtown. Marquette does not have any other double-digit scorers but features five other players that see at least 19 minutes of action and score at least 6.5 points per game.


» Florida is making its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance all-time and 12th under Donovan. The Gators are 31-12 all time in the event (27-9 under Donovan) with two national titles in three championship game appearances and four trips to the Final Four. The team is making its seventh Sweet 16 appearance and is hoping to earn its sixth-ever and second-straight trip to the Elite Eight.
» Marquette leads the all-time series against Florida 2-0 winning consecutive games in the 1970s. UF, however, is 16-9 against Big East teams under Donovan.
» The Gators are the first team in the history of the NCAA Tournament to score more than 70 points and allow 50 points or fewer in its first two games.
» The Golden Eagles are making their 30th NCAA Tournament appearance all-time and fifth under Williams. Marquette is in the Sweet 16 for the 15th time and is hoping to reach their seventh Elite Eight and first since 2003.
» Florida has made a three in 686 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 1992.
» The Gators have registered a school record and nation-high in three-pointers this season with 342 over 35 games; the 9.8 treys per game is No. 1 in the country.
» All five of UF’s normal starters are averaging 10.3 points per game or more.
» Florida is 18-2 (two losses to Kentucky) this year when posting a positive assist-to-turnover ratio and are just 7-8 when the margin is even or negative.
» The Gators are 238-39 since 1998-99 when recording 15 or more assists in a game and 290-37 since 1988-89 when holding opponents under 70 points.
» UF is 6-6 against the NCAA Tournament field with four losses coming against No. 1 seeds (Kentucky, Syracuse) and one to a No. 2 seed (Ohio State). Conversely, MU is 9-6 against the same field with losses to a No. 1 seed (Syracuse), No. 3 seed (Georgetown), two No. 4 seeds (Louisville) and a No. 5 seed (Vanderbilt) and others.


  1. cline says:

    GO GATORS! I am thinking Young is the key tonight.

  2. John S says:

    We’ve met expectations, now it’s time to make a run. Need toughness from Walker and Boynton. Defense and Rebounds baby.

    Go Gators!

  3. GatorsAlumLA says:

    I’ve got my OGGOA shirt on and I’m ready for tip off. Go Gators!

  4. Ken (CA) says:

    Are there going to be any live chats if we move deeper in the tourney?

    • Yes. I only do them with players though. The two I asked couldn’t do it tonight because the game was too late.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        ah, too bad, both that they couldn’t and that only with players. Great to chat with fellow Gator fans while we are all enjoying the games. Very cut off out here in Pac 12 country.

  5. Ken (CA) says:

    Donovan hasn’t had good games against his mentor, but I would still rather see us against Louisville than MSU if we get past Marquette tonight

  6. John S says:

    Billy is doing a great job. Stay tough fellas.

  7. John S says:

    Boynton and Walker struggled all game, but Walker’s 3 and Boynton’s free throws made it happen. Officials definitely got a little whistle shy in the second half, but we held on. Great job Gators, Great job Billy and Beal you are a stud.

  8. Ken (CA) says:

    well done, guys! I had given up on you in December after Rutgers horrid loss, but you have really grown up, and grown together….

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