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Florida Gators survive Albany March Madness scare

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Florida came out 12 point victors in the end
Florida came out 12 point victors in the end.

It took them a while to get going but the Florida Gators eventually showed their class in triumphing over the Albany Great Danes in a 67-55 victory in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament.

Florida looked complacent and were incredibly lackadaisical in the first half of their first game of March Madness.

The number one seeds left it far too late for coach Billy Donovan's liking and his players will have been shocked by the underdogs Albany's battle and grit and overall scoring ability that belied their 16 ranking.

Casey Prather led the way for the sloppy Gators in this one with 16 points off six of eleven shooting, two rebounds, and three blocks in 30 minutes of court time.

Kasey Hill, Scottie Wilbekin and Patric Young each dropped added 10 points of their own to all finish with double digits while forward Dorian Finney-Smith proved invaluable off the bench with 16 points of his own in 25 minutes, showing why he won the SEC's 6th man of the year award.

For Albany, guard DJ Evans led the way with 21 points and seven total rebounds, but let himself down with three turnovers in the encounter.

Albany had to beat a team already in the first four to make it this far, so haven't gone away from March Madness winless.

The top seed now go on to play Pittsburgh in the round of 32. Pitt absolutely destroyed Colorado earlier today so the Gators will have to up their game.

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