BY: John Mamola
The Florida Gators are headed to the NCAA Tournament as the number one overall seed for the second time in school history. Florida capped off an amazing 2013-2014 season with a 61-60 win over Kentucky in the SEC Championship Game on Sunday afternoon, which extended their school record winning streak to 26 games including three wins over Kentucky.
The Gators were named the number one seed of the South region and will begin their march towards a third national championship under head coach Billy Donovan on Thursday against the winner of the Albany vs Mount St. Mary's play in game.
Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, number one seeds have reached the Final Four 40.5% of the time (47 of 116). In the same breath a number one seed has never lost in the first round of the tournament and have an 85.8% winning percentage in 1986 in the round of 32.
Florida has a streak on their side however as the last two number one overall seeds have won the NCAA Tournament each of the last two years (Louisville 2013, Kentucky 2012). The Gators are the only other number one overall seed to win the NCAA Tournament since the selection committee began awarding a number one overall seed in 2004.
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