Mike Bianchi's recap of the NCAA Tournament game between Florida and Pittsburgh at Amway Center.

To have the chance to win another national title in men's basketball, the Florida Gators once again will have to beat UCLA, winner of a record 11 national championships.

The Gators and Bruins will meet in the Sweet 16 on Thursday in the South Regional in Memphis' FedEx Forum.

The two school met in the 2006 national title game, a 73-57 Gators' win. A year later, UF beat the Bruins 76-66 in the Final Four to set up a matchup in the national title game with Ohio State. The Gators won 84-75.

UF also beat UCLA 73-65 in the round of 32 in 2011.

This week's matchup will pit the SEC champion Gators (34-2) against a Bruins squad that won the Pac-12 Tournament championship with a 75-71 win over Arizona, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 1 seed Gators advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 61-45 win on Saturday against No. 9 Pittsburgh, while the No. 4 Bruins 77-60 win Sunday night ended No. 12 Stephen F. Austin's bid to become the highest-seeded team to survive the first week of the NCAA Tournament.

That distinction now belongs to No. 11 Dayton, which will play No. 10 Stanford on Thursday for a chance to face the UF-UCLA winner on Saturday in the Elite Eight. The Bruins (28-8) beat Stanford 84-59 during the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament.

The Bruins are in their first season under coach Steve Alford, who left New Mexico for South California last spring to take over one of the most high-profile jobs in college basketball.

UCLA last won the national championship in 1995, but still are remembered for the greatest period of dominance in the game's history. Under John Wooden, the Bruins won 10 national titles, including seven straight (1967-73) with players like Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton.

This year's squad is led by sophomore Jordan Adams, a 6-foot-5 guard, and Kyle Anderson, a 6-foot-9 forward who is second in scoring to Adams and leads the team in rebounding.

Alford's son Bryce is a 6-foot-3 freshman and key contributor to UCLA's perimeter-oriented team that is fifth in the nation with more than 17 assists per game.

The Bruins have won five straight games and seven of eight, but suffered an inexplicable 73-55 loss March 8 at Washington State (10-21, 3-15 in Pac-12). UCLA finished second to Arizona in the Pac-12 during the regular season.

Meanwhile, the Gators carry a 28-game winning streak into Thursday's game.

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