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SATURDAY REWIND

By Brian Edwards
Posted 04/01/2007 at 03:48 AM

Florida and Ohio St. will meet for the national championship Monday. Haven't we heard that one before?

We sure have. The Gators thumped the Buckeyes 41-14 in college football's BCS Championship Game.

Billy Donovan's team also stroked the Bucks in hoops, dealing out an 86-60 pimpslap two days before Christmas.

Are we set for another woodshed beating? The oddsmakers don't think so, tabbing UF as a four-point favorite to start. As of early Sunday morning, that number had been moved up to 4 1/2 and even five at a few spots.

LVSC sent out the total as 135, but most books are in the upper 130s now. In fact, the tally is as high as 141 at Caesar's Palace.

Florida dominated UCLA in the semifinals, while Ohio St. shut down Jeff Green and overcame first-half foul trouble to Greg Oden in its win over Georgetown.

More Quick Hitters:

--I'm glad I didn't have the Knicks plus eight Saturday night. The Hornets pulled out a miracle cover by winning by nine in overtime.

--With a 29-23 lead at intermission, most books made the Gators a pick 'em in the second half, equating to a six-point line for the game rather than the original three-point number. Despite the extra 'chalkness,' UF still managed to cash second-half wagers.

--Saturday's Super Goat: UCLA's Josh Shipp for staring at Al Horford following a break-away dunk. Hey Josh, you're a nobody compared to Horford. Maybe you should skip the theatrics on a night when you're taking woodshed treatment.

--Let me go out on a limb here and guess that Arron Afflalo would just assume not go up against Corey Brewer anytime soon. Brewer gave Afflalo a bagel while the game was still in doubt.

--Brewer is listed as a first-round pick at No. 14 at NBAdraft.net. Something tells me he'll be going higher after Saturday's brilliant performance.

--UF's senior big man Chris Richard scored 16 points against the Bruins, giving the Gators a spark off the bench similar to what Adrian Moss did against UCLA last year. Richard has made 19-of-21 shot attempts in five Tournament games this year.

--Is it just me or do Danny Ainge and Matt Millen have a lot in common?

--Arkansas has permission to talk to John Calipari. That's interesting and might be tempting for Calipari if he's sick of Conference USA and wants to coach in the SEC. As Nolan Richardson showed us, you can win real big at Arkansas.

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