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UC Santa Barbara vs. Florida at a glance

No. 15 Santa Barbara won the Big West Conference tournament for a bid to the NCAA tournament. No. 2 Florida received an at-large bid after losing to Kentucky in the SEC tournament championship game.

March 13, 2011|By Chris Foster
  • Florida guard Kenny Boynton drives to the basket against Kentucky guard Darius Miller (1) and forward Josh Harrellson (55) during the first half in the SEC tournament final on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
Florida guard Kenny Boynton drives to the basket against Kentucky guard… (Paul Abell / US Presswire )

No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (18-13)

vs. No. 2 Florida (26-7)

THURSDAY, 3:50 P.M. PDT, at TAMPA, FLA.

How they got here: Santa Barbara finished tied for fourth in the Big West Conference during the regular season, then won the conference tournament; Florida received an at-large berth after winning the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division and losing to Kentucky in the conference tournament championship game.

Last 10 games: UCSB 6-4, Florida 8-2.

Best wins/worst losses: UCSB defeated UNLV, 68-62, but lost to North Dakota State, 68-60. Florida defeated Kentucky, 70-68, but lost to Central Florida, 57-54.

Common opponent: None.

UCSB lineup: Starters — F Orlando Johnson (21.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg); F Jaime Serna (8.0 ppg); C Jon Pastorek (4.4 ppg); G James Nunnally (16.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg); G Justin Joyner (3.7 ppg). Top reserves — C Greg Somogyi (4.6 ppg); G Jordan Weiner (5.5 ppg).

Florida lineup: Starters — F Alex Tyus (8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg); F Chandler Parsons (11.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg); C Vernon Macklin (11.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg); G Erving Walker (14.4 ppg); G Kenny Boynton (14.1 ppg). Top reserves — C Erik Murphy (4.3 ppg); G Scott Wilbekin (2.7 ppg).

Stat watch: Santa Barbara ranks in the top 25 nationally in free-throw percentage, making 75.5%. Johnson and Nunnally are both good penetrators. Trouble is Florida averages the fewest fouls per game nationally at 14 per game.

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