You Got To Love It baby
There is something about college basketball in March that brings out the best in some PLAYERS. The Sweet 16 brought the Florida Gators to New York to face the Wisconsin Badgers and you knew from the beginning that this was going to be a game.
The Gators couldn’t hold a 12-point lead in the second half. They couldn’t hit a shot down the stretch. They didn’t keep their unbelievably tough opponent from microwaving an offense that had gone from molten to frozen as Florida built its lead, nor did they manage to keep a legendary KeVaughn Allen performance going.
They didn’t foul Zack Showalter up three with seconds remaining, and so he was able to hit an off-balance runner three destined to go down as one of the finest shots in Wisconsin Badgers basketball history to tie the game and send it to overtime.
They fell behind in overtime, too, with nothing working at first. Three open threes didn’t fall. The lead grew to two possessions. Florida had to steal the game to win the game.
And then Canyon Barry drove to the hoop on a semi-transition possession, and got one of his few buckets in this NCAA Tournament to keep it close-ish. And then Barry rejected a shot at the rim to keep it close-ish. And then Florida tied the game, unbelievably, on a darting Chris Chiozza drive to the basket.
But Florida fouled Nigel Hayes, and he hit two free throws to make it an 83-81 game. With four seconds on the clock. And no timeouts. And the Gators needing to go the length of the court to tie or win.
But. And then. This happened
And Florida goes on the the Elite 8.