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CONNECTICUT vs. FLORIDA
Matchup: The Florida Gators were supposed to be in this position. The UConn Huskies? Nope. After UConn got blown out of the gym, 81-48, by Louisville on March 8, few could have predicted such a stunning turnaround. Fewer still could have predicted Dec. 2 that a visit from the Gators to Storrs, Conn., would be a Final Four preview. The Huskies won on a dramatic buzzer-beater by Shabazz Napier, taking advantage of an undermanned Florida. The Gators were without the injured Kasey Hill, lost Scottie Wilbekin to a sprained ankle in the first half and did not have athletic freshman Chris Walker, who was academically ineligible. Since that game? Florida has won 30 consecutive. The Gators will be at full strength Saturday when the team tries to avenge one of its two losses this season. The other team that beat Florida was Wisconsin.
Connecticut Huskies, East Region No. 7 seed
Backcourt: The leader and unquestioned catalyst for UConn is Napier, a 6-foot-1 senior point guard who has already won one national championship, as he played sidekick to Kemba Walker in 2011. Napier has grown into a superstar, leading the Huskies in points, rebounds and assists during the regular season. He has shown the penchant for hitting the clutch three-pointer, while also able to drive to the hoop and get easy buckets for either himself or his teammates. His tag-team partner is Ryan Boatright, a lightning-quick junior who has shown some nifty