Found March 17, 2014 on Unathletic:
The NCAA Tournament bracket has been released, and the University of Florida headlines the South Region as its No. 1 seed. The Gators were awarded the top seed after an impressive run to close out the season. Florida finished 18-0 in SEC play, including two wins against Kentucky during the regular season, and won the 2014 SEC Tournament. The Gators finished 4-2 against ranked teams in the regular season, holding wins over Kansas and Memphis in non-conference play. The only losses for Billy Donovan’s team this season were to Wisconsin and UConn, and the Gators have won 26 straight games. Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin was named the SEC Player of the Year, averaging 12.9 points and 3.9 assists per game. [Continue Reading] Did you see that SMU, who was ranked, didn’t get into the tournament? Has that ever happened before? Crazy stuff last night when the tournament was released. I’m wondering if Louisville’s 4-seed is a sign of an early departure or puts them in a unique position to run table. We’ll be back all week discussing our picks leading up to Thursday.

Florida AD Jeremy Foley praises Billy Donovan, excited for SEC Network deal

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- March Madness is one of Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley's favorite times of year. Foley left for Atlanta this week to attend the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament and hopes to spend much of the month on the road with the No. 1-ranked Gators, who won a school-record 29 regular-season games and became the first team in SEC history to finish 18-0 in...

2014 March Madness Primer

No singular sporting event, save for maybe an Olympics, consistently provides the everyday drama and excitement that the NCAA Tournament provides. Welcome to March Madness, America! Professors, teachers, bosses, and managers throughout the country: prepare for poor attendance in the ensuing Thursdays and Fridays. Without further ado, here is your 2014 tournament primer. The Bubble...

Florida's Scottie Wilbekin, coach Billy Donovan earn AP SEC honors

ATLANTA (AP) -- After an unbeaten run through the Southeastern Conference, top-ranked Florida reaped its rewards Monday. Scottie Wilbekin was picked as The Associated Press Southeastern Conference player of the year, while Billy Donovan took the coaching honor for the second season in a row. Kentucky freshman Julius Randle was selected as newcomer of the year. The AP awards were...

GIF: Tennessee's Jordan McRae Rejects Florida's Scottie Wilbekin With Authority

Florida is going to be expected to run through the competition in the SEC Tournament. It kind of goes hand in hand with being the No. 1 team in the nation. That also means that teams are going to give them their best game in hopes of knocking them off their high horse. Since the Gators are supposed to win their opponents have nothing to lose--so they might as well let it all hang...

Florida carries SEC title, confidence into NCAA Tournament

ATLANTA -- A team received its trophy. A nation received its confirmation. And that was about it. Florida was crowned the undisputed SEC champion on Sunday afternoon, capturing the conference's tournament title by holding off a surging Kentucky team with one final defensive stop in the closing seconds, a play encapsulating the champs' entire season, and then the senior-laden...

Quick Hitters: No. 1 Florida rallies past Vols in SEC semis

ATLANTA -- Here are five things we gleaned from top-ranked Florida's 56-49 victory over Tennessee -- the first of two Saturday semifinals at the SEC hoops tournament. 1. Florida has unofficially clinched -- spoiler alert -- the national No. 1 seed for the NCAA tourney ... regardless of Sunday's outcome One could make the case for 10 teams possessing a No. 1 regional seed...

Wilbekin switches, Gators win SEC Tournament

Kentucky had one chance to take the lead and walk out of the SEC Tournament championship game with a victory, and Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin knew right where they would go. After guarding James Young for most of the game, Wilbekin asked to switch onto Andrew Harrison. He knew where Kentucky was going and forced a stop, earning a 61-60 win for Florida on Sunday in Atlanta.

Kentucky at Florida game preview

  GAME TIME: Sunday, 3:15 p.m. TV: ESPN Florida appeared to receive some great preparation for the NCAA tournament in its latest game. It might get another challenge from a rival that's eager to live up to its early billing as a potential title-winning team. The top-ranked Gators could wrap up the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA tournament by claiming their first SEC tournament...

Florida holds off Kentucky in nail-biter to capture SEC crown

ATLANTA -- The Florida Gators went to the sidelines after Kentucky called a timeout and led by just one point with 14 seconds to play in Sunday's Southeastern Conference Tournament title game. The Wildcats had the ball and a chance to cap a stunning comeback with a game-winning shot. The first one to speak in the UF huddle was not Billy Donovan, nor any of his assistant coaches...

Florida 72, Missouri 49

Scottie Wilbekin scored 15 points, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range, and had four steals to lead the Gators to their 24th straight victory and into the semifinals of the SEC tournament in Atlanta. Michael Frazier II scored 15 points, including five 3-pointers, and Dorian Finney-Smith finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for Florida (30-2), which connected on 12-of-21 from...

Florida Beats Kentucky To Win 2014 SEC Tournament

Florida defeated Kentucky by a final score of 61-60 to win the 2014 SEC Tournament. Scottie Wilbekin was named Tournament MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Patric Young, Michael Frazier, Julius Randle, Aaron Harrison and Jarnell Stokes.

UF success nets Donovan $187K in bonuses

Florida coach Billy Donovan has triggered two more bonuses in his contract.

South Region Breakdown

Florida being the number one overall seed was much to the surprise of just about no one, due to the fact that Billy Donovan’s team went 32-2 and was undefeated in SEC play as well as in the SEC Tournament. However, although Florida is highly regarded as “the best team in the country”, it is [&hellip(Visited 3 times, 3 visits today)The post South Region Breakdown appeared...

Top-seeded Gators looking to end streak of NCAA 'heartbreak'

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida already has cut down nets twice this season. The Gators have won a school-record 26 consecutive games, became the first team in Southeastern Conference history to go 18-0 in the regular season, won the league tournament and earned the overall top seed in the NCAA tournament for the second time. No doubt, coach Billy Donovan's team has accomplished...

Florida 56, Tennessee 49

Patric Young scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Gators rallied from a 10-point first half deficit to pull out the semifinal victory in the SEC tournament in Atlanta. Scottie Wilbekin finished with 14 points and four steals and Casey Prather added 12 points for top-seeded Florida (31-2), who won their 25th straight game. The Gators will face No. 2 seeded Kentucky...
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