Dwayne Bacon gives Dunk City a taste of their own medicine

The FGCU men's basketball team huddles up during a practice at the Amway Center in Orlando

East Tennessee State went into Thursday's game as underdogs to Florida. The game will be televised on TNT.

Up next: UF and Virginia will meet in second-round NCAA Tournament action on Saturday. "We've got to get prepared".

SOMETHING TO PROVE: South Florida is making its fourth NCAA appearance in the past five seasons and was a sixth seed the past two years.

"A lot of changing the perception is on us", Hamilton said. You've got to be ready.

"It might sound trivial and fans might not look at it like it's a big deal, but when you play in-state you have a ton of people pulling at you for tickets, interviews", Kennedy said earlier this week.

Ask Maryland how that works against Xavier, which trailed by five points in the second half in its opening-round game. It took place about 90 miles west in Tampa in 2008.

Devin Robinson came up huge in the victory for Florida.

Florida Gulf Coast held its own in the first half against Florida State. Seven hours after the Florida Gators tip off against East Tennessee State.

But down on the 4-line, the Florida Gators could be a solid bet to win it all if you're looking for a team that can bring you good value.

Duke has upper hand in battle of the blues
We've won a lot of these. "We've got to have a quick turnaround with this one playing another really good team (Saturday)". The second half was, once again, a different story, as the good guys were able to tighten up (at least a bit) defensively.

Not coincidentally, all four have been popular picks to get upset.

"I couldn't be more proud of my teammates for stepping up at that stage and just battling all game", Goodwin said.

Bake had the highlight dunk of Day One tournament action.

"He just laid it out for us like, 'Hey, if you all want to go home, lay it down right now". Bacon finished just one rebound shy (9) of a double-double on a night when Florida State outrebounded the Eagles, 46-26. FGCU is best known for its "Dunk City" run to the Sweet Sixteen in 2013. The Eagles, a near universally man-to-man team all season long, went zone, and the Seminoles, who went 12-of-18 from the field to start the game, slowed down, missing their next seven shots and going almost 5 and a half minutes without scoring.

Florida maintained a lead throughout the first half despite a horrid shooting performance.

"Bacon jumped up and made a shot, and Isaac jumped up and made a couple shots when they were well guarded", Dooley said.

"But we can shut down any team". All they have is the film. "And I think we did a really good job of withstanding their runs". "They haven't really seen us in person".

Coach Leonard Hamilton seemed to take exception to a question about FGCU having a "mystique" about them. In UF's last loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC quarterfinals, the Gators allowed the Commodores to shoot 40.7 percent from beyond the arc (11-27). What they have shown is a respectable degree of mental toughness to be called upon when things are not going their way.

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