The players had to wait until almost the very end of the Selection Show, but the Florida basketball team found out Sunday evening that it’s going to Des Moines, Iowa.
The Gators were the third to last team to be revealed as being in the tournament and it turned out they were in comfortably as a 10 seed.
“I think our guys were on edge there especially with it coming down to the end,” Florida coach Mike White told Floridagators.com. “It’s exciting. It’s where you want to be.”
Florida will face seven seed Nevada (29-4) in the opener Thursday at 6:50 p.m. (TNT) with the winner of that game playing the winner of the No. 2 Michigan and No. 15 Montana in the Round of 32 on Saturday. Gonzaga is the region’s top seed.
The Wolf Pack were No. 23 in the final NET Rankings.
Despite being the lower seed, Florida is an early two-point favorite.
This is the 21st appearance for Florida in the NCAA Tournament where the Gators have a 45-18 record all-time in the Big Dance. Of those 20 appearances, 15 have come in the last 20 years.
Florida has appeared in five Final Fours and has won the whole thing twice.
It’s a third straight bid to the NCAAs for White, in his fourth season at UF. White is 4-2 in those games. He will receive a $37,500 bonus for making the tournament.
Florida (19-15) was ranked No. 31 in the NET Rankings in the first season that those rankings were used by the NCAA Selection Committee.
“We’ve been as competitive and as consistent here over the past seven or 10 games, although we’ve lost a couple very close ones,” White said. “In the NCAA Tournament, these games are all so competitive. We’ve got to figure out how to close these close ones.
“(KeVaughn) Allen and (Jalen) Hudson have got to be really good for us. Senior guards have got to play like senior guards in the NCAA Tournament.”
The ACC landed three No. 1 seeds with Virginia, Duke and North Carolina. Seven SEC teams made the tournament: Kentucky, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Florida.
Both ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm had Florida as a 10 seed in their final brackets.
The Gator Ticket Office will begin accepting orders from all Men’s Basketball Season Ticket Holders for the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament beginning Monday at 8:30 a.m. Season Ticket Holders will have until 1 p.m. Monday to place their order.
Any tickets that remain after 1 p.m. will be sold to the general public first come, first serve.
All seating for the NCAA Tournament will be fulfilled using the Gator Boosters Loyalty Point system. In the event that the Gators allotment is oversold, accounts that cannot be fulfilled will be notified late Monday afternoon of any refunds or reductions in orders.
Pick Up Information
All ticket purchases can be picked up at the event through Gator Ticket Office staff on location. Pick up information for those that purchase will be released once it is known.
To order, please visit floridagators.com/tickets or call the Gator Ticket Office at (352) 375-4683 between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday.
There is a small number of tickets for UF Students. Currently enrolled students taking at least 1 credit hour may purchase seats as well using the above methods.