The Gators are looking to make the Final Four for the first time since 2007, while just being a basket short for the last two seasons.
In their way is Cinderella in the form of the Eagles who have the full attention of the country and will be the crowd favorite in a big way in Arlington Friday night.
Who: #3 Seed Florida (28-7) Vs. #15 Seed FGCU (27-10)
Where: Arlington, Texas; Cowboys Stadium
When: Fri. March 29, approximately 10 pm.
Florida Probable Starters
G- Kenny Boynton (SR, 6-2, 190) (Avg-12 pts., 3 reb, 3 ast.)
G- Mike Rosario (SR, 6-3, 183) (12.5 pts., 2.5 reb.)
G- Scottie Wilbekin (JR, 6-2, 176) (9.2 pts., 5.0 ast.)
F- Erik Murphy (SR, 6-10, 238) (12.8 pts, 5.5 reb)
C- Patric Young (JR, 6-9, 249) (10.3 pts, 6.5 reb)
FGCU Probable Starters
G- Sherwood Brown (SR, 6-4, 200) (15.6 pts, 6.6 reb)
G- Bernard Thompson (SO, 6-3, 166) (14.5 pts, 4.5 reb)
G- Brett Comer (SO, 6-3, 192) (8.1 pts, 6.6 ast)
F- Chase Fieler (JR, 6-8, 205) (12.1 pts, 5.4 reb)
F- Eric McKnight (JR, 6-9, 210) (6.6 pts, 4.5 reb.)
G- Christopher Varidel (JR, 6-2, 170) (6.1 pts)
F- Eddie Murray (SR, 6-8, 205) (3.8 pts, 3.1 reb)
F- Flip Cvjeticanin (SO, 6-9, 218) (3.7 pts, 2.2 reb)
G- DaJuan Graf (FR, 6-0, 170) (2.4 pts)
Here are the articles we have posted this week leading up to the game.
FGCU believes Gators won't take them serious
Donovan Talks FGCU
Gators use missed opportunities as motivation
FGCU coach wants team to embrace success
State of Florida basketball on a high note
Adversity making backcourt pair stronger
Donovan knew in preseason FGCU was good
Here are the Gators during the open practice session on Thursday. near the end of the video you can see how they are surprised by the scoreboard that runs over the floor and is longer and wider than the court itself.