Florida to host UCF in NIT

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      Mark Wheeler
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      GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida men’s basketball team has earned a No. 4 seed in the National Invitation Tournament and will host UCF on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The game will air on ESPN2.

      Florida (16-16, 9-9 SEC) will make its 12th all-time NIT appearance, holding a 14-13 record in the event and with three semifinal appearances (1986, 1992, 2008). The Gators are 10-1 all-time vs. UCF, the last meeting a 79-66 win in Gainesville on Nov. 23, 2012.

      Todd Golden is the second first-year head coach in Florida history to lead the Gators to a postseason appearance and the first since 1973-74 to post multiple top-25 wins.

      UCF (18-14, 8-10 American) owns top-100 wins vs. Memphis, Oklahoma State and Santa Clara this season.

      Should Florida advance, it will face the winner of Oregon vs. UC Irvine on Saturday or Sunday.

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