Florida beats Wisconsin on Chris Chiozza's 3-pointer at OT buzzer
00:41, Mar 26, 2017
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The Florida coach was damp from one of those wild postgame showers, when his team flung water all around the locker room because they had not only just won a third game in the NCAA tournament but also because they had won it on a wild and improbable shot as the overtime clock expired, shortly after the game had been extended when the same was done unto them by Wisconsin.
KeVaughn Allen scored a Florida tournament record 35 points and Chris Chiozza made a buzzer-beating three pointer to beat Wisconsin 84-83 in overtime in the Sweet 16 Friday night.
Chiozza's dramatics weren't done just yet. "I'm sure there are a lot of people who are trying to jump on now after the two wins we've had", Hayes said this week when asked how the victory over Villanova changed perceptions about the team.
Hayes has always been an interesting player to look at - he's got great size to play in the post, but it always seems to me like he could be more active there. I think that takes care of everything else. That was the only shot that I had. "So I had to take that one".
The fourth-seeded Gators will play SC on Sunday in an all-Southeastern Conference matchup for a spot in the Final Four.
Everyone leaves in tears, either because they're cutting down the nets at the Final Four or because their season - their career - just came to an end.
The Gators almost collapsed in spectacular fashion, though. They looked dead in the water when Zak Showalter hit a 3-pointer to force overtime, looked deader still when the Badgers built a 4-point lead in the extra stanza.
The Badgers on Friday, March 24th face the No. 4 seed Florida Gators in the Sweet Sixteen. Do you guys remember watching those two Florida championship teams and have any of those guys reached out to you this week?
Florida junior guard Chris Chiozza didn't know what he was going to do with the ball, but he was confident four seconds was enough time to operate.
The last time Florida advanced this far in the NCAA tournament came in 2014, when it made the Final Four before losing to eventual national champion UConn.
Besides Allen, the Irish got 14 points and a career-high nine rebounds from freshman forward Erin Boley, a Kentucky native who started in Turner's place. He was the only Gator to score in double figures.
While Florida had to work overtime to put down Wisconsin in the second East Regional semifinal in the most famous arena in the world, SC made it look easy in the opener. Swingman Khalil Iverson has the athletic ability to keep up with taller players, grabbing eight rebounds in 33 minutes and taking over after Brown fouled out against the Gators. With time winding down, though, they were trailing 72-69.
Florida breezed through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, knocking off East Tennessee State 80-65 as a 10-point favorite in the first round, then crushing Virginia 65-39 as a 2-point favorite in the second.
Hayes led the Badgers with 22 points, but the senior forward from Toledo, Ohio, missed seven free throws, and his early foul trouble helped spur the Gators' first-half comeback. Malik Monk added 21 points as the Wildcats pulled away in the second half.
Things turned in UF's favor when it answered a 12-1 Wisconsin run with a 12-2 spurt midway through the second half.