There was concern that the Florida Gators’ third loss of the season to Vanderbilt would alter their seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
The Gators suffered an upset loss to the Commodores in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals, their second loss to them in under a week. But Florida is dancing once again with a No. 4 seed.
It’s the school’s 20th time in the tournament after winning the championship in consecutive seasons (2006, 2007), but the Gators haven’t been to the tournament since 2014 when they advanced to the Final Four. Florida will take on the No. 13-seeded East Tennessee State Buccaneers in the Round of 64 on Thursday, March 16.
It’s the 10th time the Bucs have made the NCAA Tournament, with the last time being in 2010 as a No. 16 seed.
Here’s a look at the Gators and Bucs’ opening matchup and the details of the game:
DATE: Thursday, March 16
LOCATION: Orlando, Florida
TIME: Following Virginia vs. UNC-Wilmington (12:40 p.m. EST)
TV CHANNEL: TruTV
LIVE STREAM INFO: CBS offers live streams of every game on March Madness Live. For games on TNT, TBS or TruTV a cable login will be required.
Florida at a Glance
RECORD: 24-8 (14-4 SEC)
LOCATION: Gainesville, Florida
COACH: Mike White
PLAYERS TO WATCH: KeVaughn Allen (13.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, .459 FG%), Canyon Barry (12.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, .878 FT%), Devin Robinson (10.9 PPG, 6.1 PPG, .468 FG%), Kasey Hill (9.8 PPG, 4.6 APG)
East Tennessee State at a Glance
RECORD: 27-7 (14-4 Southern Conference)
LOCATION: Johnson City, Tennessee
CONFERENCE: Southern Conference
COACH: Steve Forbes
PLAYERS TO WATCH: TJ Cromer (19.1 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.2 APG), Desonta Bradford (10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.1 SPG), Tevin Glass (8.9 PPG, 6.2 RPG)