Another day, another NCAA Tournament berth for the Florida Gators. This time, the women’s basketball team got invited to the big dance with an at-large bid. The Gators are the 11-seed in the Stanford Region after going 19-12 during the season. Florida will play the 6-seed Dayton Flyers (23-7) in the First Round. They’re slated to start at 3 pm at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA. Florida potentially could face 3-seed Penn State or 14th-seed Wichita State in the Second Round Tuesday.
Florida received a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 and the 14th time overall. Last time they played in the tourney, eventual national champion and No. 1 seed Baylor beat them in the Second Round. Head coach Amanda Butler has made the postseason in all seven seasons she’s been at the helm of Florida’s women’s program. She’s the first coach in UF history to do that. This is the Gators 21st time participating in the postseason and the 20th time in the past 22 seasons. Florida is definitely on the upswing.
The Gators have a pretty good record against their potential foes in University Park. Florida defeated Dayton in their only meeting between the two schools in women’s basketball. The Gators are also 1-1 against the Nittany Lions and 1-0 facing the Shockers. You have to like that history if you’re a Gators fan, but the odds are certainly against Florida facing a tough Dayton squad in the opening round.
You can see the entire bracket here and even print it out for your office pool. If going to the NCAA Tournament doesn’t make you happy enough, check out this video. The Gators are literally dancing: