Gators leap into thick of The Athletic’s tournament bracket watch

Todd Golden and the Gators have been gaining ground in the NCAA Tournament predictions of late thanks to a run of six wins in their last seven tries. After a tough start to the Southeastern Conference schedule, it appears that Florida is finally finding its footing.

The Athletic’s Brian Bennett recently released his updated men’s basketball bracket watch, giving the Orange and Blue a major boost in his latest predictions. Previously, the Gators were among the first four out of his bracket, but now they are a No. 8 seed in the West Region facing off with the No. 9 Northwestern Wildcats in Salt Lake City.

Looking around the Southeastern Conference, Bennett’s bracket also includes the Tennessee Volunteers (No. 2), Auburn Tigers (No. 3), Alabama Crimson Tide (No. 3), South Carolina Gamecocks (No. 5), Kentucky Wildcats (No. 7),  Mississippi State Bulldogs (No. 9), Texas A&M Aggies (No. 10) and Ole Miss (No. 12). Ole Miss is also among the last four in.

Golden and the Gators next travel to Athens for a rematch with the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, Feb. 17. Tipoff is slated for an early 1 p.m. start and the game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

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