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Chomping at Bits: Florida men's basketball in position to make NCAA Tournament

The Gators need to finish strong to ensure an appearance.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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The Gators are in a good position to make the NCAA Tournament, but still have work left to do: Florida's resume is solid, the Gators sit at 32 in the latest RPI standings, with a record of 2-7 against the RPI Top 50 and 7-9 against the RPI Top 100. Many NCAA Tournament predictions currently have Florida between a 7 and 9 seed. But, that could change for the Gators if they don't focus on their remaining four regular season games. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Tonight's game will be important for Florida with regard to Southeastern Conference standings (the Gators and Commodores are currently tied for fifth place, one game behind three teams tied for second place), SEC Tournament standings, and NCAA Tournament aspirations. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

Defense carrying Florida into their final games: Florida's defense is the main reason that the Gators have the opportunity to make the NCAA Tournament and expect some success in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. John Egbunu's play, and keeping him out of foul trouble, will be key to Florida's defensive success. (Ian Cohen, Independent Florida AlligatorJordan McPherson, Orlando Sentinel)

Guard play an issue for the Gators: Florida head coach Mike White knows that Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza need to improve; noting that both have had too many turnovers, missed shots, and poor decisions during the last two weeks. (Garry Smits, Florida Times Union)

Florida baseball hosts Eastern Michigan tonight: Tonight's game kicks off a five-game week for the Gators. (John Hines, Florida GatorsLuis Torres, Independent Florida Alligator)

Head swimming coach Gregg Troy keeps promise, shaves mustache: Caeleb Dressel had asked Troy during a social media questionnaire how fast he would need to be in the 50-yard freestyle in order for him to shave his mustache. Troy told Dressel he would need an 18.39 and Dressel came in at 18.23 at the SEC Championships. Monday afternoon, in front of the whole swim team, Troy allowed Dressel to shave his mustache, which he had worn since 1972. (Benjamin Schmitz, Florida Gators)

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