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Fresh start works for Vernon Macklin

Originally Published: March 16, 2011
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Only one player on Florida's roster has won an NCAA tournament game since the Gators claimed back-to-back national championships in 2006 and '07.

Gators center Vernon Macklin, who transferred to Florida after two seasons at Georgetown, played on Hoyas teams that reached the 2007 Final Four and 2008 second round.

Now Macklin, a senior from Portsmouth, Va., is one of the key pieces for No. 2 seed Florida, which begins NCAA tournament play against No. ...

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