Joakim Noah*, Al Horford and Corey Brewer, all of whom could have left Florida and been first-round draft choices last spring, put millions of dollars on hold so they might get a chance to play one college basketball game. The three upperclassmen will get what they came back for, a chance to win a second consecutive national championship.
After defeating the Bruins in the national championship game last year, Florida beat them again Saturday night in a 2007 national semifinal, 76-66. The Gators��� victory set up a national championship game against Ohio State that tips off tonight at the Georgia Dome.
Humphrey and Richard are seniors. Noah, Horford and Brewer could soon declare for the NBA draft. This group of Gators will play its last game together tonight.
As difficult as it may be for a college basketball team to repeat, I think Florida just might have what it takes. I thought they have all along. I'll be rooting for them tonight with my allegiance solely stemming from the fact that if they win, I'll win the bracket pool I am in!
Do you think Florida will prevail or that Ohio State will take the national title?
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