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NCAA EXTRA

Game 3 6:50 p.m.

No. 2 Florida vs. No. 15 UC Santa Barbara

ROSTER

No. Player Pos. GP Min Pts Reb

0 Jaime Sernia F 25 20.4 8.0 4.4

3 Jordan Weiner G 21 21.2 5.5 1.7

10 Kyle Boswell G 20 11.1 2.6 0.5

11 Justin Joyner G 29 27.5 3.7 2.0

20 Will Brew G 29 15.0 2.3 1.1

21 James Nunnally F/G 31 32.9 16.4 5.7

24 Christian Peterson F/G 16 6.0 0.4 1.6

25 Lucas Devenny F 23 7.0 0.6 1.3

32 Jon Pastorek F 31 21.0 4.4 4.2

33 Orlando Johnson G/F 31 33.2 21.1 6.3

41 Seth Kamphoefner F 2 1.5 0.0 0.0

43 Troy Leaf G 28 9.2 2.2 0.9

55 Greg Somogyi C 31 14.0 4.6 3.0

Best wins: A 64-56 victory over No. 1 seed Long Beach State in the Big West Tournament. The victory gave the Gauchos an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Worst losses: A 68-60 loss to a North Dakota State team that finished 14-15. A 26-point loss at San Diego State.

About the school

Location: The school sits on 1,055 acres of the California coast, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Enrollment: 21,108

Famous alumni: Media personality Jim Rome, Oscar-winning actors Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow; six-time MLB All-Star Michael Young.

ROSTER

No. Player Pos. GP Min Pts Reb

1 Kenny Boynton G 33 32.7 14.1 1.5

4 Patric Young F/C 33 18.1 3.3 3.7

5 Scottie Wilbekin G 33 17.0 2.7 1.5

11 Erving Walker G 33 32.6 14.4 3.0

15 Will Yeguete F 28 7.2 1.3 2.7

20 Kyle McClanahan G 7 18 0.6 0.4

23 Alex Tyus F 32 24.3 8.7 5.5

24 Casey Prather G/F 32 6.5 1.2 1.1

25 Chandler Parsons F 32 33.8 11.5 7.8

32 Vernon Macklin F/C 33 24.4 11.3 5.5

33 Erik Murphy F 29 11.0 4.3 2.4

*34 Cody Larson F - - - -

* Redshirt this season

Best wins: The Gators defeated then-No. 6 Kansas State in December and also defeated Florida State, Xavier, Tennessee and Vanderbilt on the road.

Worst losses: The Gators went on the road to Orlando to face UCF and former UF assistant coach Donnie Jones on a neutral site and left town with a stunning 57-54 loss to a team that eventually finished 19-11 and is playing in the College Basketball Invitational tournament. Four games later, Florida suffered a 71-68 overtime loss to Jacksonville — at home. The Gator players now say that was the turning point in the season.

About the school

Location: Gainesville

Enrollment: 52.112

Famous alumni: Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, football coach and former Heisman winner Steve Spurrier, television reporter Forrest Sawyer, actor Faye Dunaway, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jim McGee, Marshall Nirenberg (Nobel Prize winner in medicine and physiology), Hugh Wilson (creator of WKRP in Cincinnati).

Antonya English, Times staff writer

Florida Gators preview 03/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 5:45pm]
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