These Gators continue their double-digit march through this tournament with impressive victories over UCLA, 79-68, and Dayton, 62-52. Of the two, the UCLA victory was the far more impressive. I thought the Dayton game could have, and should have, been a 20-point victory. I was in Memphis for both games. The Dayton contingent was phenomenal. Very supportive, and had a great basketball vibe. I didn't like the fact that they purposely tried to cheer over our squad when they were out on the floor, but other than that -- great fans. Very similar to Kentucky's Big Blue Nation:
Dayton was a great story but UCLA was a very impressive team and caused us some real problems that was only overcome by fantastic team play. If I was a Bruins fan, I'd hate the NCAA -- always putting us in Florida's bracket. Ease up, NCAA!
Up next for the Mighty Gators, the magical Final Four. To go 3-1 in the tournament for three years in a row is extremely difficult and -- properly understood -- one hell of an accomplishment. I well remember the days when a victory or two was one hell of an accomplishment. We're now 4-0 in this tournament, and Gator Nation is truly savoring the moment.
Billy Donovan has the best basketball program in the nation and, win or lose at the Final Four, he is the best basketball coach in the nation.
It has taken extremely hard work for these Gators to make it to this point and these Gators wouldn't have it any other way. Hard work and talent is a winning combination, no matter how you slice it.
Hard work, that's what they sayyyyyyy!
Hard work, I do it for playyyyyyy!
Hard work, the engines are on!
Hard work, the mission is go!
All season, our team for the ages has been the epitome of hard work, work! Constantly grinding and probing and grinding and seeking and grinding and, ultimately, FINDING a way to win.
Now, UConn is standing in our way. May the best team on Saturday win.