The Florida Gators have only secured the No. 1 NCAA basketball tournament seed one other time in addition to this year – and they took it all the way to win the national championship in 2007.
With their winning streak standing at 26 games, the NCAA selection committee has released theirs and the rest of the tournament pairings this past Sunday, according to Fox Sports
Scottie Wilbekin, the SEC's player of the year and tournament MVP, said, "It's kind of what we expected. It feels good. Obviously, it doesn't matter when the games start playing."
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"Anybody in the country can come out and win it," Florida center Patric Young said.
Florida will face the winner of two 16 seeds, Albany and Mount St. Mary's, before potentially encountering No. 2 seed Kansas, No. 3 seed Syracuse, and No. 4 seed UCLA.
BleacherReport.com points to Michigan State as a top pick
for making the Final Four, as well as defending champs Louisville.
Many reacted with confusion and anger when the selection committee only gave Louisville a No. 4, especially since they've won 12 of 13 and secured an American Athletic Conference tournament title.
Ron Wellman, chair of the selection committee, addressed concerns with a statement.
"We look at the total body of work, everything they did from November to March. Every time we scrubbed that seed, Louisville ended at the same place every time when compared to the people above them….They pass everyone's eye test. They're playing as well right now as anyone in the country. If you look at the last three or four weeks, they probably would've been seeded differently. When you look at the entire season, then it's a little bit different."
In the Western Region, the Wisconsin Badgers are favored. The Badgers have beat two of the No. 1 seeds, Florida and Virginia, as well as the aforementioned Michigan State.
The NCAA tournament will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, CBS, truTv, and TNT. The entire tournament can also be streamed live at NCAA.com.
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