It is officially bubble watch season for Florida Basketball as the Gators are sitting at 15-7 overall and 5-4 in SEC play. While the Gators don't have and "bad" losses on their NCAA Tournament resume, the lack of quality wins has Florida in a tight spot.
After beating Kentucky but losing to Texas A&M last week, the Gators are currently projected to make the NCAA Tournament by the skin of their teeth.
Florida Basketball: Just get in
February is ESPN's Joe Lunardi's chance to shine. The godfather of Bracketology is now at the point where he is giving daily updates on who he believes will make the NCAA Tournament in March.
Lunardi likes to stress that his projections are not necessarily who he would put in the tournament, but rather who he believes the tournament committee will put in.
So while losing to Texas A&M on Saturday felt like a blow to Florida's chances, losses by other teams around the bubble actually have bumped Florida up as one of the last four teams to receive a bye into the tournament.
With a computer NET rating of 41st, the Gators are in prime bubble territory. The four teams Lunardi has listed as his first four out have NET ratings of 29th, 30th, 42nd, and 43rd.
Even with its win over Kentucky, what is holding Florida back is its 1-7 record against Quad 1 teams in the NET ratings.
The good news for Florida is that it will continue to have the opportunity to bolster its resume, starting with Auburn on Saturday. The Tigers are currently ranked 8th in the NET ratings, and a win would be a huge boost for Florida's chances to keep playing deep into March.