Gators get No. 7 seed in 2012 NCAA Tournament

By Adam Silverstein
March 11, 2012

No. 21/22 Florida Gators basketball (23-10) has earned a berth to the 2012 NCAA Tournament after completing a hard-fought regular season that included posting a 14-2 record at home and a 4-6 record against RPI top-50 teams including three losses to Kentucky, the team ranked No. 1 overall.

As announced during the NCAA Selection Show, Florida – a No. 7 seed – will face the No. 10-seed Virginia Cavaliers (22-9) of the ACC in Omaha, NE on Friday at 2:10 p.m. (ET). The game will air live on TNT with Marv Albert calling the action, Steve Kerr serving as color commentator and Craig Sager reporting from the sideline.

The Gators, placed in the West Region (Phoenix, AZ), could advance to face No. 2 Missouri (30-4) or No. 15 Norfolk State (25-9) in the third round on Sunday. Florida has never played Mizzou in men’s basketball and is set to face them in football next season for the first time since 1966.

The final editions of the 2011-12 season USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Top 25 Poll and Associated Press Top 25 Poll were released on Sunday and Monday, and the Kentucky Wildcats (31-2, 18-1 SEC) held on to the No. 1 spot despite losing in the finals of the 2012 SEC Tournament.

The Gators fell three spots in each poll to No. 22 and No. 25 in the respective rankings after losing for the third time this season to the Wildcats; Florida has now lost six of their last nine games. UF earned second-round victory in the SEC Tournament against Alabama (66-63) on Friday before suffering a tough loss against Kentucky (74-71) on Saturday in semifinal action.

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USA TODAY/ESPN COACHES POLL
This Week 1-5: Kentucky (30), Syracuse, Missouri (1), Michigan State, North Carolina
6-10: Kansas, Ohio State, Duke, Murray State, Baylor
11-15: Marquette, Florida State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgetown
16-20: Saint Mary’s, Indiana, Louisville, Wichita State, Creighton
21-25: Florida, New Mexico, San Diego State, Vanderbilt, UNLV

Last Week 1-5: Kentucky (31), Syracuse, Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri
6-10: Duke, Ohio State, Michigan State, Marquette, Murray State
11-15: Baylor, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgetown, Indiana
16-20: Wichita State, Florida State, Saint Mary’s, Florida, UNLV
21-25: San Diego State, Creighton, Notre Dame, Temple, Gonzaga

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25 POLL
This Week 1-5: Kentucky, Syracuse, Missouri, North Carolina, Michigan State
6-10: Kansas, Ohio State, Duke, Baylor, Florida State
11-15: Marquette, Murray State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgetown
16-20: Indiana, Louisville, Wichita State, Creighton, Vanderbilt
21-25: New Mexico, San Diego, UNLV, Saint Mary’s, Florida

Last Week 1-5: Kentucky (63), Syracuse (2), Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri,
6-10: Duke, Ohio State, Michigan State, Marquette, Michigan
11-15: Murray State, Baylor, Georgetown, Wisconsin, Indiana
16-20: Wichita State, Florida State, San Diego State, Creighton, UNLV
21-25: Temple, Florida, Notre Dame, Gonzaga, Iowa State

*Numbers in parenthesis represent first-place votes.[/EXPAND]

Announcement footage above courtesy of Gatorvision.tv.

9 Comments

  1. John S says:

    Wow, I know we didn’t finish strong, but I thought we’d get more credit for playing Syracuse, FSU, and Ohio St, and 3 times vs. Kentucky. I guess it’s never going to be easy but damn, Missouri is strong. If we bring yesterday’s effort and get a few more calls we have a great chance.

    Go Gators

    • Eric r says:

      Mizzou is tough, but you can’t assume UVA is going to be an automatic win — they have the 2nd best scoring defense in the country, mike Scott acc 1st team and leading field goal percentage in acc, and they will control the tempo of the game. So let’s not jump to mizzou just yet.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      we would have gotten more credit…if we had done better than 1-5 in those games…

      7 seed is probably fair, but it is disappointing considering all the indications were a higher seed. This could be a fairly favorable bracket for U.F. though Everyone thinks Mizzou, but I am not so convinced that if we bring our A game they can hang with us.

      • g8ter27 says:

        I agree, can schedule all the tough teams we want but unless you beat them it isn’t really going to help.

  2. SC_Gator says:

    Now that’s a load of horse crap. We beat the ACC tournament winner, the Pac-12 tournament runner up, and split with the SEC tournament winner while only losing by 7 to the Big-10 runner up and by 4 to the overall Big East winner.

  3. mark says:

    I though we were horribly misseeded. We should have been a 6 at worst.

    Virginia is a very solid team. We are going to have to play very well to win.
    To beat Mizzou we basically have to play perfect

  4. CeeThree says:

    while I agree I think we got hosed with the seed and location.. you really can’t complain too much with the bracket, it’s the small team bracket. We feed Pat, make our shots, and play with the same effort as we did vs UK, we go deeeeeep.

  5. ncgator says:

    This team stinks and they’re lucky to be in the tournemant. They are unmotivated, turn-over prone and fundamentally unsound. They’ve lost to everyone of consequence and would get beat by FSU if they had to play them today. They lost to UK three times, UT twice and got shellacked by UG. Two out of those three didn’t even get in. This team is one and done.

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