Against tournament field: 6-5.
Away from home: 9-4. ..In last 10 games: 8-2.
LSU, 78-76; Feb. 12, home vs. Illinois, 69-53.
Disturbing losses: Jan. 7, at Indiana, 81-79; Feb. 15, at Wisconsin, 78-73.
Top players: Sr., Terence Dials, C, 15.0 ppg., 8.0 rpg.; Sr., Je'Kel Foster, G, 12.4 ppg., 40% 3-point shooting; So., Jamar Butler, G, 9.9 ppg., 4.5 apg.
Scouting report: In a conference known for defense, the Buckeyes won with a potent inside-outside offense. They led the league in scoring (76.5 ppg during the regular season) and were second in scoring margin (12.4).
Little-known fact: Buckeye Coach Thad Matta has won titles in three different conferences -- with Butler in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, with Xavier in the Atlantic 10, and now with Ohio State in the Big Ten.
No. 3 Florida
Against tournament field: 7-4.
Away from home: 11-4.
In last 10 games: 7-3.
Impressive victories: Feb. 11, home vs. Louisiana State, 71-62; Mar. 5, at Kentucky, 79-64.
Disturbing losses: Feb. 8, home vs. South Carolina, 71-67.
Top players: So., Joakim Noah, F, 13.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg; So., Taurean Green, G, 13.8 ppg, 4.9 apg; So., Al Horford, C, 11.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.5 apg.
Scouting report: The SEC champion Gators have great bloodlines, with the son of former French Open champion Yannick Noah and the sons of former NBA players Sidney Green and Tito Horford on the team. They won their first 17 games before a loss to at Tennessee in January, but had a three-game losing streak in February. Noah, who is 6-11, had a 37-point, 11-rebound game against Georgia. The Gators are among the national leaders in field-goal percentage and assists per game.
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