March Madness 2021: Print and fill out your NCAA Tournament bracket

Tallahassee Democrat

Florida's share of the Madness begins Friday.

The Florida Gators, a seven seed in the South region, will take on 10th-seeded Virginia Tech Friday in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, while the fourth-seeded Florida State Seminoles will battle 13th-seeded UNC-Greensboro on Saturday.

GATORS:Florida receives No. 7 seed in NCAA Tournament

SEMINOLES:Florida State basketball earns No. 4 seed in fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance

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Florida Gators stumbled down the stretch

Florida (14-9) lost in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals to Tennessee 78-66 on Thursday. The Gators stumbled down the stretch, losing three of their last four games. They were able to recover from what could've been a devastating loss when leading scorer Keyontae Johnson collapsed in a December game against Florida State, but after canceling their non-conference schedule, they ended up 9-7 in SEC play and finished fifth in the league.

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Florida State: Nine wins in last 12 regular-season games

Florida State (16-6) is coming off an 80-75 loss to Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament final. The 'Noles only needed one game to get into the final after Virginia had to exit the tournament due to a positive COVID test. Florida State finished its pre-tournament slate with nine wins in 12 games, and ended up 11-4 in conference play.

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