FINALS WATCH: Florida with fast start this time

The Associated Press
FINALS WATCH: Florida with fast start this time
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Florida center Patric Young (4) drives to the basket past Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (2) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Chris Steppig, NCAA Photos)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Florida Gators got off to a much better start in the NCAA Final Four than they did in a regional final in the same building last year.

Florida scored the first seven points of Saturday's national semifinal game against Connecticut at AT&T Stadium.

In the regional final at the massive building last season, the Gators were down 13-0 to Michigan just more than 3 minutes into the game.

Michigan went on to a 79-59 victory, and the Gators lost in a regional final for the third year in a row.

- Stephen Hawkins -


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