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Saturday April 5, 2014 Billy D's stress reliever, X-Factors, Gators seek payback, plus more links

ARLINGTON, Texas -- I like North Texas and all, and the hospitality has been excellent during Florida's stay here this week, but I'm ready for some hoops.

Bet you are too.

The No. 1-ranked Gators tip off against UConn for a berth in Monday night's national championship game in about six hours.

Billy D and Jeremy Foley

To get you ready, here are some of the best links from around the Internet I could find:

--The Sports Illustrated crew in town picks their winners this weekend at Jerry World.

--SI.com's Pete Thamel profiles Billy Donovan's career and includes a hilarious Billy D/Donnie Jones anecdote during days at Marshall.

--More on Billy D from Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, who writes about how Billy D works off the stress of his job.

--Dom Amore of The Hartford Courant takes a look at the job UConn coach Kevin Ollie has done since taking over for Jim Calhoun.

--Healthy Gators eye payback writes Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com.

--The matchup between Gators guard Scottie Wilbekin and UConn's Shabazz Napier takes center stage writes Edgar Thompson of The Orlando Sentinel.

--The Final Four has an SEC flavor writes C.L. Brown of ESPN.com.

--The story of 4-year-old cancer survivor Kaedyn Ballew and his friendship with Gators Patric Young and Will Yeguete never gets old as Hays Carlyon of The Florida Times-Union pens latest piece.

--CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello takes a look at the X-factors in today's Final Four games.

--Postseason run carries price for proud parents writes Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun.

--Billy Donovan's success unparalleled writes Eamonn Brennan of ESPN.com.

--Will Yeguete's twisted road leads him to Final Four writes Dana O'Neil of ESPN.com.

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