The Baltimore Gators will host a viewing party at Porter’s of Federal Hill and Stained Glass Pub in Elkridge on Friday, March. 22 to watch the #3-seed Florida Gators basketball team take on #14-seed Northwestern State. Tip-off in Austin, TX is set for 7:27 p.m., so come out and watch with some fellow Gators as the Orange and Blue looks to advance in 2013 tournament.
Great news! For those of you coming out to Porter’s in Federal Hill, anyone wearing orange and blue can enjoy extended happy hour prices!
$2 Yuengling and Miller Lites
$3 House Wine and Rail Drinks
Game info per the Gwinnett Daily Post:
The last time Northwestern State reached the NCAA Tournament, the 14th-seeded Demons eliminated No. 3 seed Iowa on a 3-pointer right before the buzzer. It’s one of the 16 times a 14 seed has beaten a No. 3 in the NCAA Tournament, and Florida is hoping lightning does not strike twice. The third-seeded Gators face the No. 14 Demons Friday in a second-round South Regional NCAA Tournament game in Austin, Texas.
Northwestern State, which last played in the NCAA tournament in 2006, wields an up-tempo assault that averages an NCAA-leading 81 points on 72.9 possessions. Florida hasn’t allowed more than 80 points while ranking third nationally in scoring defense (53.7 ppg). The season-high 80 points the Gators yielded in a Feb. 5 loss at Arkansas marked the only time a Florida opponent has scored 70 or more.
ABOUT NORTHWESTERN STATE (23-8): All three of the Demons’ NCAA appearances have come during Mike McConathy’s 14-year tenure, and earlier this month he set the record for total wins by a Louisiana college coach. “Just to be able to bring this back to the community is very important,” McConathy said after defeating Stephen F. Austin on Saturday to win the Southland Conference title. That community could be well represented against the Gators: Austin is less than six hours’ drive from the NSU campus in Natchitoches,
ABOUT FLORIDA (26-7): A 66-63 loss to Mississippi in the finals of the SEC tourney dropped Florida to 0-6 in games decided by six or fewer points. “Our guys haven’t lost confidence at all,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said after the SEC title game, adding “I think what happens, sometimes people try to create drama around a situation that’s not necessarily true.” Meanwhile, Florida’s Kenny Boynton is chasing history. He enters the NCAAs five points away from 2,000, and a deep NCAA run could give him the 96 points necessary to supplant Ronnie Williams (2,090) as the Gators’ all-time top scorer.
The game will be broadcast live on TruTV with the broadcast beginning at 7:27 p.m.
Regular Season Record: 26-7
Conference Record: 14-4 (Southeastern)
Conference Tournament Results: Lost to Ole Miss in final
Top Player: Kenny Boynton (Guard)
Top 25 Wins: Wisconsin (#22), Missouri (#17), Ole Miss (#16), Kentucky (#25)
Worst Losses: Arkansas (80-69)
RPI Ranking: 6
Regular Season Record: 23-8
Conference Record: 15-3 (Southland)
Conference Tournament Results: Won Southland Tournament Title
Top Player: DeQuan Hicks
Top 25 Wins: None
Worst Losses: Nicholls State (93-78)
RPI Ranking: 82