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."