Nickname: Gators Coach: Billy Donovan Location: Gainesville, Florida Record at Florida: 259-103 Conference: Southeastern Career record: 294-123 Overall Record: 33-5 Conference Record and Finish: 13-3, 1st East Seed, Region and Bid: 1, Midwest, Automatic Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 14 NCAA Tournament Record: 27-12 (.692) Final Four Appearances: 4 (1994, 2000, 2006, 2007) NCAA Tournament Championships: 1 (2006) Best NCAA Tournament Finish: NATIONAL CHAMPION Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: 3 Final Associated Press ranking: 2 Final Ratings Percentage Index: 6 Record vs. teams in the field: 8-3 Starters: F -- Joakim Noah (6-11, 230, Jr. -- 12.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg) F -- Corey Brewer (6-9, 185, Jr. -- 12.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg) F -- Al Horford (6-10, 245, Jr. -- 13.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg) G -- Lee Humphrey (6-2, 192, Sr. -- 9.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg) G -- Taurean Green (6-0, 177, Jr. -- 13.1 ppg, 3.5 apg) Key Reserves: F -- Chris Richard (6-9, 255, Sr. -- 5.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg) G -- Walter Hodge (6-0, 170, So. -- 6.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg) (statistics before NCAA Tournament) OUTLOOK: With its 85-77 victory over Oregon on Sunday, Florida became the first defending champion to reach the Final Four since Michigan State in 2001. While the Spartans failed to get back to the national title game, the Gators are strong favorites to become the first team to collect back-to-back titles since Duke in 1992. Now Florida will face off with UCLA, the team it completely thrashed in the championship game last season. Although the Bruins are on a defensive roll right now after shutting down Pittsburgh and Kansas last weekend, the Gators are a much different beast. Florida can run with quick teams, it can grind it out with big squads, it can turn inside when teams try to limit its guards and it can light it up from outside if teams look to put the locks on the stellar frontcourt duo of Horford and Noah. The Ducks attempted to limit the Gators' chances inside, and Humphrey and Green torched them for 11 3-pointers. After watching Horford and Noah combine for 30 points and Humphrey hitting 4-of-8 3-pointers in the matchup last season, the Bruins might not be sure what to do. Looking back at Florida's last two losses of the season, it struggled from the outside, shooting 21 percent (8-of-38) on 3-pointers with Humphrey and Green averaging a combined 14.5 points. NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. (2) UCLA at Atlanta
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Updated Tuesday, Mar 27, 2007