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UF Men’s Basketball: Gators end season with loss to #15 seed

UF guard Tyree Appleby (center) and the rest of the Gators had their hands full Sunday night with Max Abmas, the nation’s scoring leader, and 15-seeded Oral Roberts, which erased an 11-point second-half led and finished the Florida season in second-round NCAA Tournament play.  

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY DENVER PARLER

(15) Oral Roberts 81, (7) Florida 78
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Indianapolis, Ind.

Records: Florida 15-10 (9-7 SEC), Oral Roberts 18-10 (10-5 Summit League)

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Notable & Quotable

  *   Florida closes its season with a 15-10 mark, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, one of six teams in the nation to earn an NCAA Tournament win in each of the last four tournaments (Florida State, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan, Villanova).
     *   The streak of four straight NCAA Tournaments with a win matches the longest in program history (2011-14).
  *   Tre Mann led the Gators with 19 points and added seven rebounds and four assists. Over his final seven games of the season, Mann averaged 20.9 points per game. He finishes his All-SEC sophomore campaign with a 16.0 scoring average, the highest points per game by a Gator since Nick Calathes averaged 17.2 in 2008-09.
     *   Mann increased his scoring average by 10.7 points per game this season compared to his freshman season, matching Joakim Noah’s +10.7 bump in 2005-06 as the largest jump by a Gator over the past 25 years.
  *   Colin Castleton posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 5-for-6 from the floor. Following Castleton’s 19-point, 14-rebound effort in the first round, he becomes the third Gator to post back-to-back double-doubles in NCAA Tournament play.
     *   Joakim Noah: 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3/24/06; 21 points, 15 rebounds, 3/26/06 vs. Villanova
     *   Alex Tyus: 19 points, 15 rebounds, 3/24/11 vs. BYU; 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3/26/11 vs. Butler

Tre Mann

On how things changed in the second half…
“I just missed shots. Ran the same plays – I got the open shots in the first half. I got the same looks, I just missed shots.”

On how ORU defended him…
“They switched their ball-screen coverage in the first half. I think they were trying to down and their big man was on the left side to where they were trying to down too, but I just rejected it so it was an open lane every time I rejected the down. I did that in the second half and they were on it, so obviously they changed it up at halftime. That’s what they did, they changed up their ball-screen coverage. I didn’t get the wide-open looks that I was getting (in the first half).”

On how difficult ORU was to defend…
“It was everything that we saw. Everything that Coach (White) told us was going to happen. It happened. You don’t really realize it until you’re doing it. I mean, you could realize it, but you don’t know how good they are until you actually play them. They move the ball very well. They have two elite scorers on their team and everybody is able to knock down shots. When you’re playing a team like that, it’s hard to defend and they did a good job today.”