By Jack Wang

An even more imposing obstacle looms ahead on Thursday, at Memphis’ FedEx Forum: top-seeded Florida, a team that has won a school-record 28 straight games and has haunted the Bruins for nearly a decade.

The Gators have ended the Bruins’ season three times in the past eight years, each time in memorable fashion.

“When we saw that pairing, when we saw Florida in our side of the bracket, we were like ‘Oh man, does everyone just want to see another UCLA-Florida matchup?’” said forward Travis Wear, who redshirted in 2010-11. “We’re looking forward to it, though. It’s going to be a great game.”

In 2006, a group that featured Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Corey Brewer dominated UCLA, 73-57, in the national title game.

In 2007, an identical Florida starting five bounced the Bruins in the Final Four, 76-66.

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