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Norfolk State vs. Florida: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info and More

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 16:  Jamel Fuentes #3 of the Norfolk State Spartans drives against the Missouri Tigers during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 16, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Luis BatlleContributor IMarch 17, 2012

The No. 15 seed Norfolk State Spartans are set to take on the SEC powerhouse Florida Gators, the No. 7 seed in the tourney, in what has the makings to be a promising one in Omaha, NE.

Norfolk State comes into the third-round contest fresh off of an upset victory over the No. 2 seed Missouri Tigers in what was a top of the line offensive performance for the team.

The Spartans shot just under 55 percent from the field and hit an impressive 10-of-19 attempts from three-point range.

Florida comes into this game as the clear favorite in spite of the Spartans' performance in a win over the Tigers. Florida is 24-10 on the season with a 10-6 record in conference play, boasting wins over Mississippi State and Texas A&M this season.

Below is everything fans and viewers need to know about this Sunday's third-round matchup.

 

Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, NE

When: Sunday, March 18 at 6:10 p.m. ET

Watch: TNT

Listen: WNSB Hot 91.1 FM (Norfolk State) and WRUF Sports Radio 850 AM (Florida)

 

Betting Line: Not currently made available. (Soon to be updated)

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 16:  (L-R) Scottie Wilbekin #5 and Patric Young #4 of the Florida Gators celebrate after they won 71-45 against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 16
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The key injuries in this contest:

Florida:

None of significance being reported.

Norfolk State:

None of significance being reported.

 

What's at Stake?

Norfolk State, like any No. 15 seed in their position, is playing in a win-win situation. Whether or not the team loses in this one, they should be proud of being able to knock out a tough team like Missouri.

Yet, what makes this interesting is that, based on their potential schedule up ahead, this team has every bit of the makings to make a deep run. If they play to their potential, then a spot in the Elite Eight has to be a realistic goal for this team.

Meanwhile, Florida was a team that finished the season with a sluggish brand of basketball. The team finished just 4-6 and were unable to put together a run in the SEC tourney. This is a team that has plenty at stake, needing to prove their worth after failing to get anything going as of late.

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 15:  Head coach Billy Donovan of the Florida Gators addresses the media during a press conference prior to facing the Virginia Cavaliers in the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 15, 2012
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What They're Saying


Norfolk State star Kyle Q'Quinn had this to say to Boston.com following the win over Missouri: "We messed up some brackets! We messed up some brackets! .. We even messed up my bracket"

This a confident team that is ready to give Florida their all on Sunday, and it has every bit of the makings to be a promising one for basketball fans. 

 

Most Important Player To Watch

Without a doubt, Kyle Q'Quinn will be the one player on Florida's radar in this one.

His 26 points and 14 rebounds in the second-round matchup made for arguably the best performance of any player in the tournament so far. Missouri's bigs were unable to slow him down in the paint, as he would get to his spots and work the Tigers defense from the start. 

 

Key Matchup: Q'Quinn vs. Patric Young

Patric Young, Florida forward, is a defensive machine. His ability to dominate the paint on the defensive end is what fuels this team's defensive effort, along with tough defense from the guards on the perimeter.

Q'Quinn will have to bring his "A" game offensively in this one, like he did against Missouri, as that will be the key for Norfolk State to open up the shooting game and put points on the board in a hurry. 

 

Prediction

Norfolk State 68, Florida 65

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