Florida’s strength of schedule wasn’t enough to get it into the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Gators will likely head to the NIT instead.
On Sunday, two days after Florida (19-14) was eliminated from the SEC tournament by Texas A&M, 72-66, the NCAA selection committee left the Gators out of the tournament’s 68-team field.
Florida faced one of the nation’s toughest non-conference slates, and also got some perceived help during other conferences’ postseason tournaments. Prior opponents like West Virginia, St. Joseph’s, Michigan State and Purdue all advanced to their respective conference’s championship game.
The Gators were in great shape in mid-February, but endured an untimely four-game losing streak before snapping the slide with an 82-72 win over Missouri in the regular-season finale. One last chance for a signature win slipped through Florida’s fingers in the SEC tournament when the Gators lost to Texas A&M, leaving them a win shy of a 20-win regular season.
Florida has missed out on the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons after earning trips in the five previous seasons. In 2015, Billy Donovan’s last season as coach, Florida finished 16-17 and didn’t make a postseason tournament.
Check out the entire 2016 NCAA Tournament bracket here.