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March Madness 2013 bracket: Miami, Florida, Florida Gulf Coast dancing from Sunshine State

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.

State of the U took a look at their path, but not before reflecting on how awesome winning the ACC was.

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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