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Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Florida Gators vs. UCLA Bruins

Florida's defense vs. UCLA's offense sets up exciting regional matchup
Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Florida Gators vs. UCLA Bruins

Florida and UCLA are as familiar as two teams from opposite ends as the the country can be.

The Gators and Bruins will meet in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time since 2006, each at a different stage. Florida defeated UCLA in the 2006 title game, the 2007 Final Four and the 2011 round of 32. Moreover, Florida and UCLA could have met again in the round of 32 had the Bruins defeated Minnesota in Ben Howland’s last game.

This Sweet 16 matchup will be different, perhaps, from the other three, primarily due to a coaching change on the other bench.

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Roundtable: Was SEC basketball undervalued?

Should we look at the SEC in a new light with three teams headed to the Sweet 16?
Roundtable: Was SEC basketball undervalued?

For as much success as the SEC has on the football field, the league was one of the most maligned major conferences in college basketball this season.

The league received only three NCAA Tournament bids with teams like Arkansas, LSU and Missouri falling out of NCAA Tournament contention in the final weeks of the regular season.

The league, though, will place three teams in the Sweet 16, one team (Tennessee) needing to win three times to get there.

Was the SEC overlooked during the season or is this a case of teams getting hot at the right time?

NCAA Tournament Saturday Viewer's Guide: TV, Times and the Skinny on Every Game

Louisville, Florida try to redeem themselves while mid-majors aim for the Sweet 16
NCAA Tournament Saturday Viewer's Guide: TV, Times and the Skinny on Every Game

If Thursday brought chaos, Saturday is the aftermath.

The first full day of the NCAA Tournament brought four overtime games, three double-digit seeds advancing and two title teams in trouble.

Saturday is what’s left, starting with a Florida team that stumbled through a win against Albany and then a Louisville team that survived Manhattan.

In the later games, a trio of mid-majors will try to reach the second weekend of the Tournament as Dayton, North Dakota State and Harvard continue to embrace their underdog roles.

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