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2015 SEC Tournament: Florida gets No. 8 seed, to face Alabama in first round

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It might be a quick trip to Nashville for the Gators.

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

With the completion of SEC play over the weekend, the Florida Gators earned ("earned"?) the No. 8 seed in the 2015 SEC Tournament, and a midday game on Thursday against Alabama.

The Gators finished at 8-10 in conference play, tied with Alabama, but won a totally meaningless tiebreaker with the Crimson Tide by virtue of their 51-50 win in Tuscaloosa in January. (Seriously, the value of that tiebreaker is ... wearing home jerseys?) The two teams will tip off on Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern in Nashville.

Oh, and the winner of that game gets to meet Kentucky at 1 p.m. Eastern on Friday.

Here's the SEC Tournament bracket.

At dawn on Saturday, Florida could have moved up to the No. 7 seed, passing Vanderbilt, if the Commodores had lost to Mississippi. Florida would've won tiebreakers between those two teams at either 9-9 (including an unfathomable win over Kentucky) or 8-10 because of its hypothetical record against Kentucky and actual record against Arkansas. And, as the No. 7 seed, Florida would have been able to match up with Tennessee and Arkansas teams it has beaten this year en route to a semifinal.

Instead, the Gators get an Alabama team that is battered and bruised in the first round, and will, with a win, be fed to the Kentucky buzzsaw.

#TeamBadLuck has all the bad luck.