GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Tennessee's Rick Barnes has coached in the Big East, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12. He's made the NCAA Tournament nearly two dozen times and advanced to the Final Four. He's been around. He's seen it done a number of different ways. So Barnes has credibility when he raves about his current league, the Southeastern Conference.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Mike White sees Billy Donovan every day on his way to work, just one reminder of the former Florida coach's lasting legacy. A 10-foot, black-and-white picture of Donovan takes up the better part of one wall in the foyer of Florida's basketball facility, and all of the hardware the Gators claimed during Donovan's nearly two decades in Gainesville covers another.
Everything's magnified in March. A player who has been slumping all season can quickly put that behind him with a couple of big performances in the NCAA Tournament. A team that has struggled can suddenly change its reputation by heating up in the postseason. North Carolina's Joel Berry II, Florida's Devin Robinson and South Carolina's entire team are some of those on the annual tournament roller coaster heading into the Sweet 16.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- For a team that puts so much energy and effort into defense, Florida's performance against Virginia was as close to perfect as possible. Devin Robinson had 14 points and 11 rebounds, the fifth double-double of his career, and the fourth-seeded Gators handled the No. 5 seed Cavaliers 65-39 on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Results from the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday: ___ EAST REGION WISCONSIN 65, VILLANOVA 62 BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the NCAA Tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions 65-62 in the East region. Nigel Hayes scored 19 points, dropping a layup in traffic with 11.
NCAA TOURNAMENT Wisconsin ousts Villanova UNDATED (AP) -- There will be a new champion crowned in NCAA men's basketball on April 3. Wisconsin made sure of that by knocking off Villanova. Nigel Hayes hit a tiebreaking layup with 11.4 seconds left as the eighth-seeded Badgers beat the No. 1 overall seed, 65-62.
The Latest on Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12:05 p.m. It took three days for the NCAA Tournament to produce a major upset. It was a stunner that busted a ton of brackets. Villanova, the defending national champion and the top overall seed, was upended by eighth-seeded Wisconsin 65-62. Fellow No.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- After watching countless hours of video on Florida forward Devin Robinson, East Tennessee State coach Steve Forbes knew he would be a matchup problem. Seeing the 6-foot-8 Robinson in person made it even more obvious. "He's downright scary," Forbes said. "His length really affected us." Robinson tied his career-high with 24 points, Kasey Hill added 14 and No.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Although Florida is a top-four seed playing two hours from home, the Gators feel like an underdog heading into the NCAA Tournament. Coach Mike White even acknowledged Monday that his team is a popular pick to get upset in the opening round of March Madness. "Everybody's saying it," White said. There might be reason to believe it. Florida (24-8), which fell three spots to No.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- How far Florida goes in the Southeastern Conference Tournament likely will determine how far it has to go to start NCAA play. The 17th-ranked Gators probably need a win in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday to lock up a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament. That would mean playing in nearby Orlando, where coach Mike White's team surely would be surrounded by friends, family members and a pro-Florida crowd.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- First-year coach Bryce Drew believes his Vanderbilt Commodores have put together a very strong resume for the NCAA Tournament. Adding a second upset of No. 12 Florida in the regular season finale sure helped. Riley LaChance's layup with 1:35 left gave Vanderbilt the lead for good, and the Commodores rallied from a 12-point deficit to upset Florida 73-71 on Saturday and sweep the Gators.