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GALLERY: Final Four Midtown Reactions


Midtown was a sea of orange and blue as hundreds of enthusiastic Gator fans packed inside the many sports bars and restaurants alongside W. University Ave.  in Gainesville.

Patrons came out to watch the Florida Gators take on the University of Connecticut Huskies in the Final Four game of the NCAA basketball tournament.

The Swamp Restaurant was filled with emotionally charged UF fans as they watched with bated breath as the Gators struggled against UConn.

Cheers were closely followed by groans as the fans became worried for their Florida team during the last few minutes of the game.

In the end, UConn was able to pull off an upset and win 63-53 against the Florida team, leaving the UF supporters feeling distraught and defeated.

The Huskies will compete against the University of Kentucky on Monday evening in the National Championship game at 5 p.m.

Fan celebrate during the first half of the UF v UCONN basketball game at the Swamp Restaurant on Saturday night.

After the Gators lost to the Huskies, UF fans were emotional.

Basketball watchers waited with baited breath as the second half of the UF v UCONN game aired.

UF supporters expressed concern for the Florida Gators as they played the University of Connecticut on Saturday night.

Fans cheer on the Gators during the Final Four basketball game at the Swamp Restaurant on Saturday night. The venue served hundreds of enthusuatic UF supporters.

The waiters at the Swamp Restaurant served refreshments to patrons as they watched the Final 4 basketball game on Saturday night.

Gator fans displayed a mixture of emotions while watching the UF v UCONN basketball game on Saturday night.

The Swamp Restaurant had the UF v UCONN basketball game playing on every TV on their establishment Saturday night. Gator fans excitedly cheered on their Florida Gators.

Almost every patron at the Swamp Restaurant was adorned with Gator gear as they watched the UF v UCONN basketball game Saturday night.

A fan anxiously watches the UF v UCONN basketball game at the Swamp Restaurant on Saturday night. Hundreds gathered at the local haunt to watch the Final Four game.

About Amber Riccinto

Amber is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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