#1 Florida Falls Out of the Tournament

When the Final Four match-ups were first revealed, the UConn vs Florida game seemed to heavily favor the gators. Many were ready to write them in for the championship game simply based on regular season accolades. In addition, Florida was in the middle of a 30 game winning streak. The Gators were off to a hot start as they held UConn to only two baskets during the first eleven minutes of the game. However, the Huskies remained optimistic and trusted their game plan. UConn managed to storm back from a 12-point first-half deficit. By half time they had the lead, and at that point it was evident that the UConn Huskies were not going to be what everyone expected them to be from the beginning.

The Huskies rallied behind their leader at the guard position Shabazz Napier, who finished the game with 12 points(While shooting 50% from the field), 6 assists and 4 steals. The 7th seeded Huskies upset the overall number one seed Gators 63-53 and  earn themselves a shot at a fourth national championship since 1999 on Monday night against Kentucky. The Huskies proved to be the Gators’ kryptonite by defeating them on both meetings this season. The Huskies’ lob-sided win in the Final Four over Gators is sad way to end the year for Florida seniors, but its clear that they have edged themselves in the history of their program with their success in the regular season.



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