It couldn't have gone much worse for Florida on Friday night in Nashville. Mississippi State defeated the Gators 75-69 but it really wasn't that close.
Did Florida need to win on Friday to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament or did Billy Donovan's Gators already have a bid locked up before the game? I think the Gators are headed to the NIT. Plenty of others think differently.
We'll have another blog post on Saturday night or Sunday morning about what NCAA Tournament selection committee might be considering when analyzing UF's season. For now, here are the Cliff Notes:
1. UF has three wins against teams with an RPI better than 50: Tennessee, Michigan State and Florida State.
2. UF somehow lost to South Alabama at home.
3. The Gators beefed up their non-conference schedule this season in the hopes of impressing the NCAA. UF lost to Xavier, Richmond and Syracuse.