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McElwain using UF basketball team’s success to fuel Gators football

Jim McElwain was quick to change the subject.

He was being asked a question about the newfound energy by his offensive line, but there was a different discussion the third-year Florida coach wanted to have Monday afternoon.

“Can we talk some hoops?” McElwain asked.

Specifically, Florida basketball.

The fourth-seeded Gators hoops team under second-year coach Mike White heads to New York City later this week for the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament following a dominating opening weekend in Orlando. Florida opened the tournament with an 80-65 win over East Tennessee State on Thursday before drumming fifth-seeded Virginia 65-39 on Saturday to advance out of the opening weekend.