Florida was chosen as a No. 7 seed within the NCAA Match and can face No. 10 seed Virginia Tech (15-6) within the opening spherical Friday in Indianapolis. Sport time and site shall be determined later.
The Gators (14-9) are headed to a fourth consecutive NCAA Match. They remained in Tennessee since they had been eradicated from the SEC tourney and can journey to Indianapolis to start testing and quarantine protocols.
Ought to UF win Friday, they may face No. 2 seed Ohio State (21-9) within the second spherical of the South Area on Sunday. OSU opens with No. 15 seed Oral Roberts (16-10).
Virginia Tech, out of the ACC, was ranked No. 24 in Sunday’s The Ferris Mowers Males’s Basketball Coaches Ballot, powered by USA TODAY Sports activities. The Hokies, a 3 seed, misplaced within the quarterfinal spherical of the ACC tourney, 81-73, to North Carolina.
Coach Mike White: ‘My guys are drained’
To make it to the NCAA Match is a credit score to the Florida program, which endured the lack of SEC Preseason Participant of the 12 months Keyontae Johnson in December to a medical situation in addition to two separate COVID-19 layoffs, all of which trimmed the schedule by a number of video games.
“My guys are drained,” Florida coach Mike White mentioned Friday after having misplaced twice to Tennessee in a span of six days. “It has been an emotionally draining season. Nobody has been by means of what these guys have been by means of.”
Different SEC groups additionally making the event are league common season and tourney champion Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and LSU. Alabama turns into the second faculty in SEC historical past to win the league soccer championship recreation and convention males’s basketball event in the identical yr, becoming a member of Florida (2006-07).
The Gators enter March Insanity having misplaced three of their final 4 video games.
“I might hope that with yet another swing at it, we might put our greatest foot ahead within the subsequent occasion,” White mentioned Friday. “As we lose yet another time, it is over.
“We have got to in all probability infuse some kind of confidence, some kind of dialogue, an open dialogue with all of us to the place we are able to put this factor behind us one way or the other, work out how we are able to develop up as a lot as attainable in a brief time frame. Possibly we are able to end this factor sturdy.”
Florida is one among 12 groups and the one SEC group to make each NCAA Match since 2017. Florida can also be one among 11 groups to win no less than one recreation in every of the previous three NCAA Tournaments, 9 of whom are additionally within the 2021 discipline with an opportunity to construct on these streaks.
This would be the Gators’ third event as a No. 7 seed, dropping within the first spherical in 1989 and making the Elite Eight in 2012 from that slot.
The Gators’ 4 NCAA Match appearances below White are the second-most by any coach in Florida historical past (Billy Donovan, 14) and exceeds the full variety of official NCAA Match appearances in program historical past previous to Donovan’s tenure. The Gators had two appearances below Lon Kruger (1994, ’95) and one below Norm Sloan (1989; 1987 and ’88 appearances had been vacated by the NCAA).
Baylor is the highest seed within the South and will face both North Carolina or Wisconsin within the second spherical. The Bears are a No. 1 seed for the primary time.