It has been 30 games — and 30 wins — since the Florida Gators lost on a buzzer-beater at Connecticut.

It might as well be 30 years to senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin.

"The game was such a long time ago," Wilbekin said. "It feels like forever."

Much has changed during the four months since UF's Dec. 2 loss and the teams' rematch at 6:09 p.m. Saturday in the Final Four.

The Gators have not lost a game, while the Huskies had to shake off a 33-point loss to Louisville March 8 to stay in contention for its fourth national title since 1999.

Yet, there is a familiarity between UF and UConn uncommon to many of NCAA Tournament matchups.

For one, the Gators will not be taken aback by the quickness and shot-making brilliance of Huskies' guard Shabazz Napier. Napier hit the buzzer-beater to beat UF, scored 25 points Sunday against Michigan State and was named a first-team All-American Monday by the Associated Press.

"He's a great scorer," UF coach Billy Donovan said Monday. "He can do it by himself. He doesn't need necessarily a lot of help or a lot of screening. He's been a big shot maker his whole entire career."

Meanwhile, UConn knows it will be locking horns with a UF team that gives no quarter for 40 minutes.

"Every cut they make is hard," Huskies coach Kevin Ollie said. "Every screen they set is hard. For us to beat a team like that, we couldn't relax one minute."

Donovan said the Big Dance usually is a series of blind dates that make preparation more challenging than usual.

The Gators, for example, had never faced a 6-foot-9 point guard like UCLA's Kyle Anderson. Anderson kept his team close during the Sweet 16 until a late-game flourish by Wilbekin pushed UF to a 79-68 win.

"That's what happens in a tournament sometimes," Donovan said. " You don't see things personnel-wise, size, quickness, speed. It's a little bit different when you haven't had a chance to prepare for it."

In the case of UConn, Donovan said, "you at least a reference point of what you're dealing with there."

The win over the Gators has been a key reference point during UConn's postseason turnaround. Ollie made his team watch clips of the UF game after the Huskies lost 81-48 March 8 at Louisville.

"We can beat No. 1," Ollie told his team. "We already proved it."

UConn (30-8) will have to do it again with Wilbekin and freshman back-up point guard Kasey Hill at full strength.

Wilbekin rolled his ankle with 3:01 remaining in the first meeting. He sat in a training room without a television when Napier hit the game-winning shot, hearing the news from a member of UF's staff.

Hill was stuck on the Gators' bench, nursing a high ankle sprain. The past few weeks, Hill has sparked UF off the bench, highlighted by a 10-assist game against UCLA.

"Kasey has come on," Donovan said. "I have confidence in him. He makes our team faster."