Gators are in the tourney. The question is where we play and what the seeding will be. There are many possible scenarios. There's so much to the match ups so we will wait to analyze the Gators chances to advance once our seeding, bracket and first-round opponent is known.
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Gator basketball, despite a strong overall season. With brackets being announced today, it will be interesting to see if the Selection Committee has a short or long memory on the body of work put together by the Gators this season.
The pundits have a very short memory and drop or raise the seeding of teams based on every game. I think the Selection Committee will have a broader view and reward the Gators for the season and not punish us for being unable to get by Vanderbilt in the last couple of games of this season. After all, the SEC Tourney was held in Nashville and was as close to a home game as any for the Commodores.
At worse, I see a 5-12 match up outside of the South. Those games are usually very competitive and show flaws in seeding with the underdogs performing well. Having to travel to distant locations can add to the challenge for the higher seed. Gators have actually played their best on the road and in distant locations, so that may not be so bad.
At best, we hold a three seed as the SEC's 2nd best team, despite the overtime loss to Vandy in Nashville, and play in Orlando. The reality may be a 4 seed in a distant location such as the West. Not sure who else the Selection Committee would place in Orlando at the seed and why.
We'll find out soon enough....