Florida Baseball: Tournament hopes for Gators coming down to the wire

Bracketology has the Gators as one of the last teams to make it in
Cyndi Chambers Sports?Special to the

This has not been the greatest of seasons for Florida Baseball. The Gators are 25-23, but are 24th in RPI and boast the hardest strength of schedule in the country.

Evaluating their chances to make the NCAA Tournament can get complicated, but for now most seem to think Florida will make it into the tournament.

Florida Baseball: Survive And Advance

D1Baseball released their updated NCAA bracket projections as following their midweek win over USF, the Gators are still in the plus side of the bracket. While some sites have the Gators as one of the "last four in," D1Baseball has Florida in with room to spare.

They project Florida as a three seed in the Durham Region with Duke, UC Irvine, and Columbia.

Right now, D1Baseball projects Georgia Tech, UCF, James Madison, and Coastal Carolina as the last four in with Louisville, LSU, College of Charleston, and California being the first four out.

Florida has six games left in the regular season and there is no reprieve on the horizon. This weekend the Gators will host Kentucky, ranked 4th in the polls, and next weekend they will be at Georgia, ranked 15th in the polls.

If Florida can pull of a series win in either of these, and go 3-3 down the stretch, it feels like the Gators should make it into the tournament. 10 of Florida's 25 wins have come against Quad 1 opponents and only three of their 23 losses have been against a Quad 3 or Quad 4. If they go 2-4, it would bring their final record to 27-27.

While Ole Miss from 2022 will be the blueprint of why Florida shouldn't give up on the season, even the Rebels had a regular season record of 32-22 before making into the tournament as the last team in. Depending on how the SEC Tournament goes, Florida could end the season with a losing record.

The easiest solution for the Gators? Just win. Everything takes care of itself if you just win.