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Florida baseball named No. 1 overall seed in 2016 NCAA Tournament

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The Gators' path to the College World Series could hardly be clearer.

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

After compiling 47 wins in its regular season and making a run to the SEC Tournament final, Florida's often-No. 1 ranked baseball team is now also the No. 1-seeded team in the NCAA Tournament. The Gators were announced as the 64-team field's top seed on Monday in a selection show broadcast on ESPNU.

The No. 1 overall seed is Florida's second in program history, following a No. 1 seed in 2012. That team made the College World Series, but was unceremoniously broomed out of Omaha, losing to upstart Kent State and nemesis South Carolina without winning a game.

Florida will host the Gainesville Regional beginning Friday, June 3. Florida was swept from the Gainesville Regional in 2014, but those two losses are its only two in regional play at home since 2002.

The Gators will open play against Bethune-Cookman, and could also see UConn and Georgia Tech in the Gainesville Regional. Should they advance, they will host the Gainesville Super Regional, in which they would play the winner of the Tallahassee Regional hosted by Florida State.

The full bracket was released at the end of the show.

We'll have plenty more coverage of the NCAA Tournament this week and as it progresses.