Florida Gators basketball (32-2) has earned the No. 1 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament after a hard-fought season that included winning the regular-season 2014 Southeastern Conference Championship and 2014 SEC Tournament Championship on Sunday.
The Gators will enter the tournament on a program-record 26-game winning streak and have been victorious in 31 of their last 32 games. Florida this season was the first team in league history to go 18-0 in SEC play and became the first team from a major conference to achieve that mark since 1976. UF also became the first SEC team to go 21-0 in league games, including its three tournament victories.
As announced during the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, the Gators have been placed in the South Region and will face the 16-seed – the winner of a Tuesday play-in game between Albany and Mount Saint Mary’s (6:40 p.m., truTV) – in second-round action at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL on Thursday, March 20.
The Gators and their second-round competitor will tip off at approximately 4:05 p.m., 30 minutes after the first game in Orlando, FL concludes. The contest will air live on TBS with Brian Anderson and Dan Bonner on the call.
Florida could advance to face eight-seed Colorado (23-11) or nine-seed Pittsburgh (25-9) on Saturday in third-round action. Other notable teams in UF’s region include two-seed Kansas (24-9), three-seed Syracuse (27-5), four-seed UCLA (26-8), five-seed VCU (26-8), six-seed Ohio State (25-9) and seven-seed New Mexico (27-6).
The Gators are the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history, the first coming in 2007 when Florida won the second of its back-to-back national titles.
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