Basketball: Florida Gators expected to miss NCAA Tournament after SEC Tournament loss

It looks like the Gators will end up in the NIT.

Danuel House #23 of the Texas A&M Aggies dribbles the ball in the game against the Florida Gators during the quarterfinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Danuel House #23 of the Texas A&M Aggies dribbles the ball in the game against the Florida Gators during the quarterfinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Florida (19-14, 9-9 SEC) fell to top-seeded Texas A&M 72-66 in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals on Friday afternoon. Although Florida picked up one win in the SEC Tournament, a 68-61 victory over Arkansas on Thursday, the Gators still needed a win over the Aggies to keep any realistic hopes of making the NCAA Tournament alive.

“Mike White’s team has played some of its worst basketball in recent weeks, which makes it difficult to imagine it toppling a Texas A&M team enjoying a late-February/early-March run of restored form,” ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan wrote about the Gators entering Friday’s matchup against Texas A&M. “Anything short of ending that run, and handing the Aggies their first loss in six games, probably sends the Gators to the NIT.”

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi doesn’t have Florida in his NCAA Tournament bracket. The Gators are the first team listed in Lunardi’s “Next Out,” which is after his “First Four Out.”

Florida entered Friday’s game against Texas A&M ranked No. 51 in the RPI.

The Gators will find out their fate in just two days on Selection Sunday, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on CBS.

 

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