8:47 PM ET, March 31, 2007
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
ATLANTA -- First, an instant replay. Next, a classic repeat?Florida and its in-demand coach, Billy Donovan, moved one win away from a second straight national championship Saturday night, defeating UCLA 76-66 in a game that looked very much like the meeting between these two in last year's Final Four.Corey Brewer scored 19 points, Chris Richard had 16 and Lee Humphrey had 14 more as the Gators got the best of the Bruins again, adding this semifinal win to a 73-57 rout in last year's title game."We're back in the championship game and I couldn't ask for anything else," Brewer said.This victory for the Gators (34-5) set up another sort of rematch.
With four 3-pointers against UCLA, Lee Humphrey passed former Duke sharpshooter Bobby Hurley for most career 3-pointers in men's NCAA Tournament history.
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|Lee Humphrey, Florida*||43||2004-07|
|Bobby Hurley, Duke||42||1990-93|
|Tony Delk, Kentucky||40||1993-96|
|J.J. Redick, Duke||39||2003-06|
|*One game remaining|
Florida and UCLA are the fifth teams to meet in the final or semifinal of the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years. In four of the five cases, the same team won both times. The instances:
|2006 Final||Florida 73, UCLA 57||2007 Semis||Florida 76, UCLA 66|
|1990 Final||UNLV 103, Duke 73||1991 Semis||Duke 79, UNLV 77|
|1967 Semis||UCLA 73, Houston 58||1968 Semis||UCLA 101, Houston 69|
|1961 Final||Cincinnati 70, Ohio State 65||1962 Final||Cincinnati 71, Ohio State 59|
|1959 Semis||California 64, Cincinnati 58||1960 Semis||California 77, Cincinnati 69|
Al Horford had 17 rebounds and Joakim Noah had 11 on Saturday. Over the last 30 years there have been only three other Final or Semifinal games in which teammates combined for as many as 28 rebounds: Nick Collison (21) and Jeff Graves (16) for Kansas in the 2003 Final; Derrick Coleman (19) and Rony Seikaly (10) for Syracuse in the 1987 Final; and Akeem Olajuwon (22) with Clyde Drexler (7) and Benny Anders (6) for Houston in the 1983 Semifinal.There have been only two other Final Four games in the last 30 years in which two teammates combined to outrebound their opponent. Collison and Graves outrebounded Syracuse, 37-34, in the 2003 Final; Indiana State's Larry Bird (16) and Alex Gilbert (5) outrebounded DePaul, 21-19, in the 1979 Semifinal.• Read more Elias Says.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-64 (.391)||24-45 (.533)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-23 (.217)||9-22 (.409)|
|FT Made-Attempted||11-13 (.846)||19-31 (.613)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||26 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
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