Gators finish .500 in SEC play, get 8th seed in SEC Tournament

NCAA tournament berth on line when Florida faces Arkansas in second round

Florida guard KeVaughn Allen shoots over LSU forward Kavell Bigby-Williams in overtime against LSU, Feb. 20, 2019, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Gators won 82-77. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Gators will likely need an impressive run in the Southeastern Conference Tournament to keep their hopes for an NCAA tournament bid alive.

Florida (17-14, 9-9 SEC) finished with a .500 record in conference play and earned the No. 8 seed in the SEC Tournament. The Gators will face No. 9 seed Arkansas (17-14, 8-10) in the second round Thursday.

The Gators lost to No. 6 Kentucky 66-57 in Sunday's regular-season finale, falling for the eighth time against nine ranked opponents this season. Their lone win was an 82-77 overtime win against top-seed LSU (26-5, 16-2) last month.

Florida defeated Arkansas 57-51 on Jan. 9 in the only other meeting between the teams this season. The Gators lost to the Razorbacks 80-72 in the quarterfinals of last year's SEC Tournament.

The Gators have made the NCAA tournament in each of their last two seasons under fourth-year head coach Mike White.

Florida hasn't won an SEC Tournament since defeating Arkansas 77-56 in the 2007 championship game.

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