Florida came into this tournament looking to prove a point -- that they were not the same team that struggled late in the regular season, and they were worthy of a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
They made a statement, alright. Florida never trailed in their three games on the way to their third straight SEC tournament title. They won each game by double figures, including the last two being won by 20+ points.
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A three-peat in the tournament had not been accomplished since the Kentukcy Wildcats of the late 90s made a three year run ('97-'99).
This is a special group of players, especially the upperclassmen, who have seen an unprecedented amount of basketball success at the University of Florida. If indeed this is the last SEC tournament together for the O-Fours, I must say they had a pretty good run in these things over their three years.
Three SEC tournament titles. SEC regular season title. National Championship. This has been a special time to follow Florida basketball.
And to add to it the Gators won the regular season SEC title as well. They didn't do this in the last two seasons. While those seasons' tournament titles are not cheapened by this fact, holding both of those titles in 2007 feels pretty special.
Will this be good enough for a #1 seed? We shall see. Joakim Noah just emphatically said "It don't matter," and I tend to agree with him (bad grammar aside). This team looks ready to take on anyone, no matter what their seed.
I'll have more on the SEC tournament win and the NCAA selection show later in the day. Until then I'll keep an eye on Ohio State and Wisconsin.