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.
2015 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament bracket pic.twitter.com/mhXhaXsn9v— Craig Pinkerton (@SEC_Craig) March 8, 2015
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.