Odds against Florida as a No. 7 seed


Florida enters NCAA Tournament play as a No. 7 seed for just the second time in school history.

And apparently, 7 is an unlucky number when it comes to making a deep run. Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, no seven seeds have made the Final Four and only six have made the Elite Eight.

In that span, seven seeds have won 60 percent (65 of 108) of their first-round games against No. 10 seeds.

Florida was on the other end of that pendulum when it was a No. 10 seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City. The Gators took No. 7 seed BYU to double-overtime before falling 99-92.

The last time Florida was a seven seed, it didn’t go well. After winning their first SEC regular season title in school history, the No. 7 seed Gators were routed 68-46 by No. 10 seed Colorado State in the opening round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament.

Here’s a look at Florida’s history in the NCAA Tournament, related to its seeding:

1987  — 6 seed, lost to Syracuse in Sweet 16

1988 — 6 seed, lost to Michigan in Round of 32

1989 — 7 seed, lost to Colorado State in opening round

1994 — 3 seed, lost to Duke in Final Four

1995 — 10 seed, lost to Iowa State in opening round

1999 — 6 seed, lost to Gonzaga in Sweet 16

2000 –5 seed, lost to Michigan State in NCAA Finals

2001 — 3 seed, lost to Temple in Round of 32

2002 –5 seed, lost to Creighton in opening round

2003 — 2 seed, lost to Michigan State in Round of 32

2004 — 5 seed, lost to Manhattan in opening round

2005 — 4 seed, lost to Villanova in Round of 32

2006 — 3 seed, won national title

2007 — 1 seed, won national title

2010 — 10 seed, lost to BYU in opening round

2011 — 2 seed, lost to Butler in Elite Eight














  1. Virginia’s an extremely well-coached basketball team which will command 40 minutes of full attention from the Gators. then there’s Mizzou, one of the top outfits nationally and all pumped about heading into the SEC, with something to prove. To advance, our Gators are going to have to put together their best back-to-back games of the season. What chance do you give them? I am hopeful.

  2. Yes, if they play tough like against UK and shoot lghts out like they did at Arkansas, the Gators can make a deep run. I’m hoping they put it all together and win at least these first two rounds.

  3. I too, am hopeful. But.., being a pragmatist, don’t see how this team gets past the 2nd round.., at best. UV. is the best defensive team in the acc, and Missouri is a possible final four team. This UF team hasn’t shown the consistency, or have a leader VOCAL enough, to get the type performance(s) it’ll take to get past these teams. Hopefully, the POSSIBLE pro talent on the squad will see that another year of college ball with get them the po$$ibilities they desire in the next level, and next year will be better. Even so.., Go Gators.

  4. I think the matchups are excellent with both UVA and Missouri. Both are guard oriented teams with out a big frontline. The question as far as UVA goes is can we speed them up with our press without Yeguette. I would also point out that in the conference tourny finals every favorite lost. So much for the opinions of either Vegas or the talking heads.All these guys push the school/conference they played for except Vitalle who has a man crush on Coach K.