03/13/2012 11:57 am ET

Florida, Virginia Battle In NCAA Tournament 2012

In one of the toughest 7/10 match-ups of the tournament, Florida and Virginia enter the big dance with no momentum. Both have lost three of their last four games and made early exits in their conference tournaments. Neither team could defeat the powers in their respect conference as Virginia fell to UNC, Duke and Florida State while Florida lost to Kentucky three times and split with Vanderbilt. Will Billy Donovan's squad be able to avoid the upset?


Overall Record: 23-10
Conference Record: 10-6
Conference Tournament Outcome Lost To Kentucky In Semis
Points Scored Per Game: 76.3
Points Allowed Per Game: 66.0
AP Ranking: 25
RPI Ranking: 29
KenPom Ranking: 19
Standout Player: Bradley Beal
Season In Review: Florida played its out-of-conference opponents well, winning games over Florida State, Texas A&M and Arizona (losses to Syracuse and Ohio State). But the Gators didn't finish strong in SEC play, losing three games in a row to close out the regular season and falling to Kentucky in the conference semifinals.
Tournament Experience: 32-14, 16 appearances, 4 Final Fours, 2 National Championships


Overall Record: 22-9
Conference Record: 9-7
Conference Tournament Outcome Lost To NC State In Quarterfinals
Points Scored Per Game: 63.1
Points Allowed Per Game: 53.7
AP Ranking: none
RPI Ranking: 53
KenPom Ranking: 26
Standout Player: Mike Scott
Season In Review: Virginia went on a tear early in the season with a 12-game winning streak which included wins over Drexel and Michigan. But inconsistent conference play and an early exit from the ACC Tournament left the Cavaliers with a No. 10 seed.
Tournament Experience: 22-16, 16 appearances



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