2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament: Florida Gators Dispatch Minnesota Golden Gophers, 78-64

Feb 20, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Tubby Smith instructs his bench in the second half of the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State won the game 71-45. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Tubby Smith and Billy Donovan have a long history that goes back two decades and a wealth of success between them, as the two coaches have three national championships between them. Their head-to-head matchups go back to their days in the SEC together, dating back to the late 1990s when Smith was at Georgia and Kentucky and Donovan started at Florida.

They were also Kentucky assistants together under Rick Pitino from 1989-1991. Smith has a 14-10 edge over his old rival, but Donovan won the last six meetings.

Make it seven now, as Donovan’s Gators rolled passed the Gophers, 78-64.

The game was really never in doubt, as Florida took and early 30-15 lead, and would only build on it as they took a commanding 48-27 lead into the half behind 32 combined points from seniors Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario (6/10 3-point shooting).

The Gophers would make a valiant rally in the second-half, cutting the lead to as small as 7, but the Gators would re-take control en route to an impressive win, and will now meet the winner of tonight’s San Diego State/Florida Gulf Coast matchup in the Sweet 16.

 

BOX SCORE

Minnesota Golden Gophers
FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Andre Hollins, G 8-13 6-10 3-5 1 5 1 2 0 4 4 25
Trevor Mbakwe, F 3-7 0-0 5-8 4 6 1 0 0 3 4 11
Rodney Williams, F 3-11 0-1 4-5 0 5 2 1 1 2 4 10
Austin Hollins, G 3-7 2-6 2-2 1 3 1 1 0 1 4 10
Joe Coleman, G 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 0 0 1 3 4
FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Andre Ingram, F 2-4 0-0 0-0 3 4 0 0 0 0 3 4
Maurice Walker, F 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Oto Osenieks, F 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Maverick Ahanmisi, G 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Elliott Eliason, C 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
Julian Welch, G 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
20-50 8-18 16-22 10 27 11 4 1 13 25 64
40.0% 44.4% 72.7%
Florida Gators
FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Mike Rosario, G 8-12 6-9 3-4 1 2 1 2 0 0 1 25
Erik Murphy, F-C 5-7 2-4 3-3 0 4 1 0 0 1 5 15
Scottie Wilbekin, G 2-3 1-1 7-10 0 1 6 1 0 3 3 12
Kenny Boynton, G 2-8 1-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 3 0 7
Patric Young, C 0-2 0-0 5-6 3 7 2 0 1 3 4 5
FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Will Yeguete, F 1-1 0-0 5-9 1 5 2 2 0 2 3 7
Casey Prather, G-F 3-3 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 1 2 0 2 7
Michael Frazier II, G 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
21-37 10-20 26-36 6 24 13 7 3 13 18 78
56.8% 50.0% 72.2%

 

 

 

Topics: 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament, Florida Gators, Minnesota Golden Gophers

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