Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Florida Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Florida Notebook

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CELEBRATION? NOT YET

The celebration was subdued to the point of boredom.

Florida beat Duke in the East Region semifinals Friday night, but it might as well have been Mississippi.

Remember, these are the same guys who talked about going to the Final Four before the season began.

"Let's put it this way," said UF guard Teddy Dupay. "What would you rather do? Beat Duke or go to the Final Four? Really, is there any choice?"

The reality of it all for UF is this: Without a victory over Oklahoma State in today's East Region finals, the victory over top-ranked Duke will have lost its impact.

With a victory today, the Gators can reach the Final Four for the second time in seven years.

"We can't sit back and think we've accomplished something because we beat Duke," said UF guard Kenyan Weaks. "Our season didn't end because we beat Duke."

SET HIM STRAIGHT

Nolan Richardson would've been proud of his former player.

Glendon Alexander, one of Oklahoma State's top players and a transfer from Arkansas, fielded a stereotypical question during yesterday's news conference with Richardson's typical flair.

A writer from The Daily Oklahoman, which covers OSU on a daily basis, asked Alexander if he could compare staying in New York for the past week to the "streets of Dallas," where Alexander grew up.

"First off," Alexander said, "I didn't grow up on the streets. I grew up in the 'burbs."

Alexander's candid response drew laughter from the packed conference.

FINAL FOUR MEMORIES

Doug Gottlieb, OSU's senior point guard, has been to numerous Final Fours as a fan.

His most vivid memory was in the late 1980s, when he sat behind Bill Walton and Bill's son, Adam, for a CBS broadcast. During the game, the NCAA realized that Walton's son -- now a freshman at Arizona -- and Gottlieb were not credentialed media, and tried to have them removed from the arena.

"Bill Walton said, 'If you want my credential, you have to take it off my neck. …

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