Florida wins; pool winners announced tomorrow
Why Florida won
(3) Florida 73, (2) UCLA 57
By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer
April 4, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- There go the Florida Gators again, runnin' it up on their way to a national championship.
In basketball, believe it or not. Against UCLA, of all teams.
And with a tennis player's son as the star.
Joakim Noah dominated the Bruins on Monday night with 16 points, nine rebounds and a record six blocks to key a 73-57 blowout for Florida's first title in that other sport.
"It's like I'm in a cloud," Noah said. "Not only does this feel good, but it smells good and it tastes good. I can't even describe it."
The Gators and all their fans would certainly agree, especially after watching this runaway -- a pick-your-score kind of game that was decided early.
Many thought it couldn't be done 10 years ago when Billy Donovan took over a basketball program that lived well in the shadows of Steve Spurrier's brash, high-flying football juggernaut. Now, Spurrier is long gone and the Gators have as many national championships in hoops as they do in football.
"It's undescribable," said Noah, who now will decide whether to turn pro, "better than I've ever felt in my life."
For 40 lopsided minutes, the Gators (33-6) were too big, too long and too quick for UCLA, which came up a win short of its 12th national title on a night when 95-year-old former coach John Wooden watched from a hospital bed in LA. He was admitted for an undisclosed illness that was said not to be serious, but the Bruins didn't try to use that distraction as an excuse.
Ok, I will post the final poll results tomorrow and send out the prizes.
I'll leave it to you to describe the level of the beating UCLA caught
posted by Steve @ 11:36:00 AM