Gainesville, FL -- The No. 1 seed is the first top 10 seed for the Gators in the history of the program. Florida and Georgia Tech will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday and UCF and USF will meet up at 5 p.m. in first round games. Georgia Tech is an at-large bid from the Atlantic Coast Conference. UCF is the automatic qualifier from Conference USA after winning their conference tournament this weekend. USF is an at-large bid after winning the Big East regular season title. The winners of Friday's games will face each other on Saturday, while the losers will meet in an elimination game Saturday. Times of the remaining games will be announced on Monday morning. The winner of the region will face the winner of the Fresno State region which includes No. 16 seeded Fresno State, Sacramento State, California and San Diego State.
Florida has only faced USF this season. The Gators won a 5-1 game over the Bulls in Tampa on February 10.
Florida is one of eight Southeastern Conference teams to make the tournament, the most of any conference in the nation. Four SEC teams are top 16 seeded teams, including No. 3 Alabama, No. 9 LSU, No. 13 Tennessee and No. 15 Georgia. Alabama, LSU and Tennessee are also hosting regionals. Additional SEC teams making the field of 64 are Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia and Mississippi State.
This marks the fourth consecutive season the Gators have received one of the top 16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. The Gators also earned a No. 13 seed in 2005 and 2007 and the No. 16 seed in 2006. It is the ninth NCAA Tournament appearance for the Gators in the 12-year history of the program, the sixth consecutive and the fifth time the Gators will host.