There are two distinct sides to Florida's Mike Rosario. For the Gators to advance in the NCAA tournament, they'll need the good Mike to show up.
Rick Barnes is catching heat after another early tournament exit. He created the lofy expectations at Texas, and matching them will determine how hot his seat gets.
Friday's matchup features No. 7 seed Florida, a team that loves to fire off 3-pointers, against No. 10 Virginia, a team known for slow-down defense.
Texas was down, and the young Longhorns were struggling. Rick Barnes got tough, and in getting Texas to the tournament, might have turned in his best effort.
Losing four of it last five games likely cost Florida a higher seed closer to home, so the Gators head to Omaha, Neb., as a No. 7 seed to face No. 10 Virginia.
After battling through a tough season, Rick Barnes cobbled his team together to reach the NCAA tournament for the 14th straight year.
Desperation can make for strange bedfellows. That said, the pillow talk between Texas' Rick Barnes and Oklahoma's Lon Kruger is about just who is more desperate.
For the freshman-laden Longhorns to make the NCAA tournament, the Big 12 math looks simple.
After a key injury to spark-plug forward Will Yeguete, Florida must overcome a decided lack of frontcourt depth. Good thing Billy Donovan has plenty of experience dealing with injuries.