Florida Earns No. 7 Seed In West Regional Of 2012 NCAA Tournament, Will Play Virginia

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 10: Kenny Boynton #1 of the Florida Gators drives against Marquis Teague #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the semifinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Florida's late-season swoon may have cost the Gators. During Sunday's NCAA Tournament Selection Show on CBS, the Gators were named the No. 7 seed in the West Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, far lower than most of the projections for Florida this week.

The Gators will meet No. 10 Virginia in Omaha on Friday, and will have their hands full with a defensive-minded Cavaliers outfit, though the Wahoos' lack of size could bode well for Florida. If the Gators can get past Virginia, No. 2 Missouri, the winner of the Big 12 Tournament, looms, and the Tigers' high-octane jump-shooting offense could look like a mirror image of Billy Donovan's squad.

If the Gators can get to the Sweet Sixteen — and it will be tough — they could run into No. 3 Marquette or No. 6 Murray State. And the No. 1 seed in the region is a team Florida has some Tournament history with: No. 1 Michigan State.

For a printable NCAA Tournament bracket, head to SB Nation.

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