Gators VS Huskies, Fan Reaction
Published April 5th, 2014
GAINESVILLE - In a college town like this one-- it's all people are talking about-- Especially when the gators are part of the final four.
This couple— Bobby and Sue Schackow, graduated from the University of Florida in 1969 and when it comes to gator sports, they haven't missed much since then. "I just think so much of these boys and coach Donovan and the whole coaching team... It's been a magical year," Schackow said.
You can say that again-- The gators are the tournament's number 1 overall seed and riding a 30-game winning streak - by far the longest in program history. But will the streak be broken when the Florida Gators play the UConn Huskies in Arlington, Texas?
"What are you hoping happens tonight? I asked Mya Wilkes, a 9-year-old fan, and she said, “They win! If they don't I will be really disappointed."
This is the fifth time the gators are in the final four and the fourth time under Coach Billy Donovan.
Tyler Morris a senior at the University of Florida said, "If we play our best game and they play their best game, we're going to come out on top, every time. We're a good team so as long as we play the level we know we can and we play defense, we're going to be doing great. And Billy D is one of the best coaches of all time. We got a good thing brewing down in the swamp."
This senior is hoping for an early graduation gift, he said, "So what better way to celebrate than in the swamp, doing our part. I am expecting a good game from us. We got big ambitions this year. It's my senior year-- top it off!"
The last team to beat the Gators is their opponent in the semifinals, UConn-- But that's not putting fans down. When I asked Erika Bradley and Lori Chwatt if they thought UConn could beat us, they said, “No way! Scottie Wilbekin draining threes!"
Corey Runte another gator fan said, "[We’re here] only to win, we're going to win the whole thing... So one game at a time though."
Eddie Corbett a gator dad said, "Well I am excited about the game, I have a daughter that goes here and it's been a great season. Go gators!"
The Schackows who were in Atlanta for the last championship win in 2007-- and are expecting for it to happen all over again, said, "This team if they do nothing else will be one of the most beloved teams in gator history, if they do it all... Which they are going to do by Monday night they will be remembered forever," Schackow said.
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