Gators Nip Badgers 84-83 In OT Thriller

Badgers top No. 1 Villanova Saturday March 18th

The Badgers on Friday, March 24th face the No. 4 seed Florida Gators in the Sweet Sixteen.

The fourth-seeded Gators will play SC on Sunday in an all-Southeastern Conference matchup for a spot in the Final Four. Some critics may howl again about how this was a down year for the Big Ten.

While there were celebrations in the Florida locker room, Wisconsin's was one of devastation. Both teams are very solid on the defensive end, although the Badgers think they can improve on the defense they've shown during the tournament so far. There's just no reason that Wisconsin should have been an 8 seed.

- Sunday will mark the fifth time that a No. 4 seed and a No. 7 seed match up in a regional final.

Hayes and Koenig were no different. Now Florida and Carolina are on three-game tournament rolls, knocking down higher-ranked opponents in the process.

Koenig was the hero in Wisconsin's first game against Virginia Tech.

After Hayes made his two free throws, Chiozza hit a shot that will be talked about for the rest of his life. The most popular professional team in the state versus the alleged most popular college team. Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. But Chiozza took the inbound pass, raced the length of the court, and launched a 3-pointer for the game-winner.

Florida's buzzer-beating overtime victory over Wisconsin early Saturday morning at Madison Square Garden ensures that the SEC will have at least one representative in Glendale, Ariz. Memo: they want another shot at Florida.

White said last week he would have felt much better heading into the NCAA Tournament if the Gators were riding the momentum of a win streak.

Everyone leaves in tears, either because they're cutting down the nets at the Final Four or because their season - their career - just came to an end.

When the Cavaliers do get set, they can be an intimidating crew.

The showdown with Florida was made possible with that thrilling win over No. 1 Villanova.

As tremendous as Chiozza's play appeared on television, as with most things having to do with Florida, you need to hear how the team's legendary radio play-by-play man Mick Hubert called the shot. They split their regular-season meetings, SC winning 57-53 in Columbia, Florida prevailing 81-66 in Gainesville. Not the number, but the region.

That's the Baylor/South Carolina game, and then the Wisconsin/Florida matchup.

But all of that is water under the bridge at this point as the Gamecocks are still dancing and are doing so with what has become a juggernaut of an offensive unit. Frank Martin deserves a big round of applause for the job he's done in Columbia over the last few seasons.

Now the Gators are confident as they prepare to take on tougher competition. No other program had reached four consecutive Sweet 16s.

"I told him that it was good", Happ said. "KeVaughn is going to have every opportunity and we're going to urge him to be aggressive". And we have to mention Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes, who led the Badgers with 22 points and had six rebounds.



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