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Miami and Florida are strong candidates to make the Final Four, while Florida Gulf Coast has an unlikely shot at an upset in its first-round matchup.
Three Florida squads made it to the NCAA Tournament and two seem to have a pretty legitimate shot of taking the title, as Miami and Florida ended their conference tournaments by hoisting titles and now look to make a run into April.
Both the Hurricanes and the Gators earned the No. 1 seed in their conferences, although Florida hit a snag in the SEC Tournament.. Now, it's time for them to see how they can do in the tournament that really matters.
Here's a look at each Florida squad, its first-round matchup, and what lies ahead:
Oh, and for a look at the full bracket and everything you need to know about it, get SB Nation's kit.
No. 2 Miami
First up: No. 15 Pacific, 2:10 p.m. Friday, TNT
Potential roadblocks ahead: Marquette (Sweet 16), Indiana (Elite Eight)
Jim Larranaga has a way with March: he led George Mason to the Final Four, and now just two years into his tenure at Miami, he got the Hurricanes to their first ever ACC title and a No. 2 seed in the tournament. Shane Larkin and the Gators aren't in a particularly threatening side of the bracket, as Marquette is considered the most likely No. 3 seed to drop a game to its respective No. 14 seed. In fact, Pomeroy's numbers give the Golden Eagles just a 66 percent chance of victory. They'll have to get past Indiana's top-ranked offense -- and, of course, avoid any upsets -- to get to their first Final Four.
No. 3 Florida
First up: No. 14 Northwestern State, 7:27 p.m. Friday, truTV
Potential roadblocks ahead: Georgetown (Sweet 16), Kansas/Michigan (Elite Eight)
They're only a No. 3 seed, but Pomeroy considers the Gators the No. 1 team in the nation, thanks to the fact that all 26 of their wins were by double digits. Kenny Boynton showed his ability to take over in a hurry in the SEC Tournament, while Patric Young and Erik Murphy are interior presences on the No. 2 defense in the country, allowing just 83.4 points per 100 possessions. If advanced stats are to be believed, the Gators will be a tough out in April -- Pomeroy gives Florida a whopping 21 percent chance of winning. Alligator Army took a look at why the Gators are such a popular Final Four pick.
No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast
First Up: No. 2. Georgetown, 6:50 p.m., Friday, TBS
Potential roadblocks ahead: Well, Georgetown
Not much is expected from the Eagles, who are participating in their first ever NCAA Tournament, but we took a look at why there's a chance -- not a big one, but a chance -- they could knock off the Hoyas. After all, they beat Miami earlier, and Andy Enfield has done a great job with the Atlantic Sun champions in their two years of postseason eligibility.
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