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ARLINGTON, Texas – The last time Florida lost there were still 23 shopping days until Christmas.
The Gators have won every game since that loss at Connecticut on Dec. 2. The teams meet again Saturday in the Final Four. They both have changed and they both have stayed the same.
Connecticut, the seventh seed in the East Regional, has won nine of its last 11 with both losses to Louisville. That's no 30-game winning streak but it's enough to have the Huskies two wins from a fourth national championship and the first under a coach besides Jim Calhoun.
Florida, the tournament's overall No. 1 seed, is looking for its third national title, the first two coming in consecutive years under coach Billy Donovan.