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It’s Kentucky vs UConn In Title Game As Florida Falls To Huskies

gfx-hoops-round-up2UConn 63 – Florida 53

1. Florida’s 30-game winning streak snapped.  Guard Scottie Wilbekin struggles with cramping issues.

2. Wilbekin: “Some of it was them and some of us, just … I can’t give you an answer.”

3. Florida raced out to a 16-4 lead.  ”Then, almost in the blink of an eye, two things changed the direction of the game by 180 degrees: the Basketball Gods and the Connecticut guards.”

4. UConn coach Kevin Ollie: “Even when we’re down 16-4…I knew we were going to get back in the game.”

5. Florida coach Billy Donovan and Scottie Wilbekin discuss the loss.

Kentucky 74 – Wisconsin 73

6. Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison does it again.  Hits three-pointer with 5.7 seconds left to send Kentucky to national championship game.

7. John Calipari: “When we huddled I said, ‘We’re going at Aaron, boys. Anybody got a problem with that?” 

8. Calipari and Harrison discuss the game-winning shot.

9. Kentucky has gone from unranked at the end of the regular season to one game away from winning it all.

10. Dan Wetzel: “These guys are either winning the national title or killing someone while trying – maybe their coach, maybe their fans, maybe their own parents.”

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Final Four Florida; Kentucky Gets Its Shot

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 62 –  Dayton 52

1. Florida final-four bound.  Gators get 23 points, three assists and three steals from Scottie Wilbekin; named South Regional’s Most Outstanding Player.

2. Gators break through after three straight Elite 8 losses.  Coach Billy Donovan: “I think those experiences maybe helped us be a better team this year than maybe we would have been if we’d gotten to a couple of Final Fours earlier with these guys.”

3. Pat Forde: “The ghosts of Butler, Louisville and Michigan had been exorcised.”

4. The SEC is now 10-1 in the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky vs Michigan. 5:05 ET.  Kentucky a 2 1/2 point favorite

5. A Kentucky victory would make UK  the first team with an all-freshmen starting lineup since Michigan in 1993 to make the Final Four.

6. Mike DeCourcy on John Calipari’s NCAA Tournament success: “Since 2004, when he was at Memphis, he has coached in nine tournaments. He has yet to lose to a seed lower than No. 3.”

7. Calipari on Willie Cauley-Stein’s ankle injury: “He’s still in a boot. He’s doubtful.”

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Florida Advances To Elite Eight; Tennessee & Kentucky Get Their Chance Tonight

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 79 – UCLA 68

1. 29th straight win sends Florida to its fourth straight Elite 8.  Michael Frazier II leads the Gators with 19 points and Scottie Wilbekin scores 10 of his 13 points in the second half.

2. Florida center Patric Young: “We’ve got a chance to be the best team in Florida history.”

3. Up next for Florida – the Dayton Flyers. “This is something completely different (for Florida) in the Elite Eight — a Cinderella.”

Tennessee vs Michigan

4. Focus for Tennessee- stopping guard Nick Stauskas.  Coach Cuonzo Martin: “At 6-6, he can really shoot the ball and can put the ball on the floor.”

5. Michigan’s focus is on stopping Jarnell Stokes.  Michigan’s Mitch McGary: “He’s a fridge on wheels.”

6. Martin was a teammate of Glen Robinson at Purdue.  Robinson’s son starts for the Wolverines.

Kentucky vs Louisville

7. Difference maker in the game tonight?  The referees.

8. Both these teams have changed a lot since they last met in December.  ”Kentucky versus Louisville on Dec. 28, 2013 might as well have been Kentucky versus Louisville on Dec. 28, 1913.”

9. Coaches Calipari and Pitino.  “You’ve got two of the most dominant personalities in the history of the sport, and they’re volatile.”

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UF Point Guard Wilbekin Suspended Indifinetly By Gators

mrsec-breaking-newsFor the second time in nine months, starting Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin has been suspended.  The Gator athletic department announced today that the senior-to-be has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Wilbekin missed three games last November over another unspecified violation of team rules.

Wilbekin averaged 9.1 points and 5.0 assists per contest last season while averaging more than 31 minutes per game.

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SEC Headlines 4/2/13

headlines-tue1. Alabama right guard Anthony Steen is trying to develop into a leader for the Crimson Tide.

2. Alabama returned to practice Monday following spring break. It wasn’t a great practice.

3. Andrew Gribble and Don Kausler discuss Alabama’s return to practice following spring break.

4. Auburn’s LaDarius Owens is feeling more comfortable now that he’s playing linebacker again.

5. Justin Garrett is more comfortable, too. He’s playing the “Star” position for Auburn.

6. Those comments about Nick Saban? Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says they were only a joke.

7. Columnist Kevin Scarbinsky reminds Bielema he’s not in the Big Ten anymore.

8. Florida has plenty of competition at running back as the Gators try to replace Mike Gillislee.

9. Florida’s basketball team is losing key contributors but returning guard Scottie Wilbekin believes the Gators will be deep.

10. One key player in that depth could be center Patric Young, who hasn’t decided if he will return for his senior year.

11. The return of linebacker D.T. Shackelford has provided a big boost for the Ole Miss defense.

12. Here some notes following Ole Miss’ Monday night practice.

13. Mississippi State finalized its 2014 non-conference schedule by adding Tennessee-Martin.

14. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will throw out the first pitch at Sunday’s Texas Rangers game.

15. Chris Conley’s presence should help Georgia replace some departing wide receivers.

16. Center Willie Cauley-Stein will return to Kentucky. ESPN’s Chad Ford believes forward Alex Poythress should return, too.

17. Tennessee’s maturity will be tested as it returns to football practice following spring practice.


18. The Pac-12′s head of officials has been investigated for comments he made about Arizona coach Sean Miller.

19. That head of official, Ed Rush, must be fired, writes Gary Parrish.

20. Southern California has hired coach Andy Enfield away from Florida Gulf Coast.

21. Former Georgia, Kentucky and Minnesota coach Tubby Smith has been hired at Texas Tech.

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SEC Headlines – 6/14/11 Part One

1.  Florida’s Patric Young and Scottie Wilbekin are trying to make Team USA’s U19 team.

2.  Wilbekin might make two international trips this summer.

3.  So Prince William — England’s Prince William — had a football scholarship offer to Auburn?

4.  Massive sports marketing group IMG is diving into the football recruiting fray.

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Young Likes The Looks Of Gator Guards

Florida frontcourter Patric Young has some positive things to say about the depth and talent that Billy Donovan has built up in the Gators’ backcourt:

“We have so many guards with this team, it’s possible that we could have one of the best backcourts in the (SEC) or maybe in the country possibly.  We have fast guys.

We’re going to be a really good pressing team possibly.  We’re going to run the floor a lot more, maybe go four fuards, one big man for something like that.  But it’s up to Coach Donovan, whatever he sees works best for this team.  It’s going to be completely different from the team last year, I’ll tell you that.  Maybe a lot more threes, a lot more shooting.”

The Gators’ backcourt will feature Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton (last year’s starters), Scottie Wilbekin, Rutgers transfer Mike Rosario and true freshman Brad Beal, who was the Gatorade national player of the year in high school this past season.

Other teams will have a hard time matching UF’s guards in terms of talent and depth.  And that should bode well for next March.

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SEC Headlines – 6/7/11 Part One

1.  Is the NCAA taking the fun out of football?

2.  Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin will compete for a roster spot on Team USA’s Under-19 World Championship Team later this month.

3.  Alabama has the SEC’s most experienced offensive line… and Auburn has the least experienced.

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SEC Headlines – 5/19/11

1.  Florida basketballer Scottie Wilbekin will tour Macedonia and Kosovo this summer as a member of the Athletes in Action team.

2.  Kentucky lost out on Trevor Lacey, but at least one report has the Cats landing ex-Wake Forest big man Tony Woods (and all the bad pub that will come with his signing).

3.  This writer says signee Trevor Lacey shouldn’t be made into the savior of Alabama basketball.

4.  Crimson Tide officials say they lost about $400,000 on this year’s Capital One Bowl trip.

5.  Bama’s Trent Richardson and South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore are workout warriors.  (They ain’t too bad on the field, either.)

6.  Mississippi State announced today that it’s one step closer to expanding Davis-Wade Stadium.

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Continued Depth Will Be A Key As Gators Host Morehead State

The team that Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan envisions looks a lot like the one he used in Thursday's 50-point win over North Carolina A&T. Granted, true freshmen Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete, Patric Young and Casey Prather probably won't combine for 41 points, 24 rebounds and 12 assists on a regular basis, but they must contribute something more than a couple of minutes off the bench for Florida to have the kind of season many expect.

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