Orange to face Arizona State in the NCAA Tournament


The Florida men's basketball team has earned an NCAA Tournament bid for the second straight season.

The Bonnies had some solid wins out of conference, taking down fellow tournament teams like Syracuse and Buffalo on the road, while adding a win over Maryland and a neutral site loss to TCU.

SU earned a No. 11 seed in college basketball's premier event.

The victor of the Syracuse-Arizona State game will face TCU in Detroit on Friday. "I'm happy for our team to have this opportunity, and we obviously have two really good potential opponents to start preparing for".

The Gators have a 42-16 NCAA Tournament record and have advanced to the Elite Eight during five consecutive NCAA appearances, including last season.

The 21-11 Horned Frogs snapped a drought that dated to the 1998 season for their last tournament appearance. He is also the first head coach in UF history to do so. They'll play No. 6 seed UCLA on Thursday in Dallas, Texas.

Missouri's first-round game in the NCAA Tournament, against Florida State in Nashville, Tenn., has been set for approximately 8:50 p.m. Friday. They face 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago.

The "First Four" play-in games will take place Tuesday and Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. But as Rawle Alkins returned to the lineup and Deandre Ayton emerged as a National Player of the Year contender, the Wildcats lost four more games all year.