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ORLANDO, Fla. – There's a chance that either Florida's lackluster performance or Pittsburgh's dominant showing was an aberration.
Maybe even both.
The top-seeded Gators (33-2) and ninth-seeded Panthers (26-9) likely will find out when they meet in the third round of the NCAA tournament's South Regional on Saturday.
Florida hopes to play with more energy and intensity than it did in a 12-point win over 16th-seeded Albany. Pittsburgh wants to carry over something — everything, really — from its 29-point drubbing of eighth-seeded Colorado.
Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin says, "we're ready to play like we know we can."
Had it not been for a 4-minute stretch midway through the second half, Florida might have ended up being the biggest upset victim in NCAA tournament history.
No one will remember that game if the Gators advance. The same goes for Pitt, which led start to finish against the Buffaloes.