NCAA Tournament

College World Series Schedule, TV, Team snapshots

The Florida Gators punched their ticket to Omaha, Nebraska and the College World Series for the 11th time in School history, the sixth time in the last eight years and the third season in a row.

The Gators are one of five National Seeds to make it to Omaha, joining (1) Oregon State, (4) LSU, (6) TCU and (7) Louisville.

Let’s take a look at the field that the Gators will face off against when they get to Omaha, the full schedule for the College World Series and the TV/Broadcast information.

SCHEDULE (all times Eastern Standard)

Saturday, June 17
Game 1: 3 PM -...

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Dyson’s performance propels Florida Gators back to College World Series

Brady Singer was livid and the ESPN cameras caught most of it on Sunday afternoon. Singer, and the Florida Gators, had a right to be.

The sophomore was forced into action on Saturday after rain chased Alex Faedo from the opening game of the Gainesville Super Regional. Singer threw four innings of two-hit, shutout ball before handing it off to Michael Byrne. Byrne would blow the save, leaving Singer out of the decision. Singer had another opportunity to come back and pitch in the Super Regional, but rain forced him off the mound after two innings and a ticket to Omaha on the line.

Three...

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Florida Gators second Super Regional game suspended until Monday

The Florida Gators and Wake Forest Demon Deacons will resume play of the Gainesville Super Regional on Monday at 1:04 p.m. due to an extensive rain delay during Game Two on Sunday. After nearly five innings of play, a storm that spread across the state of Florida halted the game.

The Gators were trailing the Deacons 5-4 at the time the delay began.

Florida, the away team for the day, took its biggest blow of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Starting pitcher Jackson Kowar was not bringing his best stuff on the mound, and the strong offense of Wake Forest took full advantage of...

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Florida Gators and Demon Deacons took different paths to Super Regionals

All roads lead to Omaha and the College World Series.

Since Kevin O’Sullivan has been the head coach at the University of Florida, one of those roads normally goes right through Gainesville and this season is no different.

The No. 3 Florida Gators will play host to the No. 13 Wake Forest Demon Deacons this weekend in the Gainesville Super Regional. It’s a best of three format with the winner getting a crack at winning the final game of the season and the loser watching the World Series from home.

To be one of the last 16 teams playing baseball in June is an accomplishment in...

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Gainesville Super Regional: Dates, Times, TV information, how to watch online

For the third straight year the Florida Gators have advanced to the Super Regional stage of the NCAA Tournament and they will host Wake Forest in the Gainesville Super Regional.

How did each team get here?

Florida Gators (44-17)
The Gators won the SEC regular season title before falling short in the SEC Tournament. Florida earned a No. 3 National Seed and with it the opportunity to host both a Regional and Super Regional.

The Gators opened up the NCAA Tournament with a 10-6 win over Marist and then a 5-1, 12-inning nail-biting win over USF in the second game of the Regional....

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Bethune-Cookman forces “if necessary” game with 6-2 win

Bethune-Cookman had played the Florida Gators 31 times coming into Sunday’s Regional Final in Gainesville. All 31 times the Wildcats had come out on the losing end. That streak ended on Saturday with a historic 6-2 win.

“This one is even bigger for our program,” Wildcats manager Jason Beverlin said after the game. “To beat someone the caliber of Florida in a championship game to force it to the ‘if necessary game’ is huge.”

The Gators were the home team on Saturday. Florida has been to a Regional in every season since Kevin O’Sullivan took over as head coach and had swept...

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Reese’s run helps Florida Gators to 5-1 extra inning win over USF

Blake Reese was out of gas, luckily he only needed to trudge on 90-more feet after a pair of throwing errors sent him 270 feet around the bases and home, breaking a 1-1 tie that had lasted six innings.

“I was out of gas, I was seeing stars by the time I got home,” Reese said after the 12-inning game. “I felt like I was moving in slow motion. The guys said I was moving pretty good. It didn’t feel like it but I’ll take it.”

Kevin O’Sullivan and the Florida Gators will take it, too, and they’ll take a 5-1 extra inning win to advance to the Gainesville Regional final for the...

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Florida Gators aren’t taking Regionals for granted

The mood in Coral Gables on Monday was somber. The Miami Hurricanes had made a historic 44-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, a NCAA record, but were left on the outside looking in this season.

Making the NCAA Tournament is hard. There are approximately 300 Division I teams in the country and only 64 make it into the tournament. What Miami (31-27) did is unparalleled and their exclusion this season is a perfect example of just how hard that is.

“The run that Miami’s had has been remarkable,” Florida Gators head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said on Wednesday. “Shoot, I was four...

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Florida Gators earn National Seed in NCAA Tournament

The Florida Gators baseball team learned Monday that they would be the No. 3 seed for the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament. The Gators are the only team in the country to be named a National Seed in eight of the last nine seasons.

This is the Gators 33rd Regional appearance and a school record 10th consecutive under Kevin O’Sullivan. The Gators (42-16) will host No. 2 USF (41-17), No. 3 Bethune Cookman (33-23) and No. 4 Marist (32-21) in the Gainesville Regional and are paired up with the Winston-Salem Regional, consisting of No. 1 Wake forest, No. 2 West Virginia, No. 3 Maryland and No. 4...

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Keys for the Florida Gators to make a NCAA Tournament run

The Florida Gators will be entering the NCAA with a huge chip on their shoulder. Losing three out the last five games, and two of them being to Vanderbilt, is a major reason. Many people are viewing the 4-12 matchup between Florida and ETSU as an upset waiting to happen. The Gators are focused and ready to prove to the doubters wrong. Here are some keys to Florida being able to make a run in the tournament.

Defensive Intensity

Florida has been among one of the best defensive teams in the nation all season. Smothering defense has been the reason for many wins and also...

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Shore’s final home act forces game three with FSU

The Florida Gators gathered in front of the first base dugout with a 5-0 lead before the bottom of the ninth inning. When the huddle broke eight players sprinted across the grass and clay, filling every position except the mound. The crowd of 5,326 that waited more than three hours through a weather delay prior to the first pitch drew silent.

When a blue jersey, with the number 32 stitched across its back emerged from the dugout and began to trot out to the mound the capacity crowd erupted.

The Gators staved off elimination on Sunday night with a 5-0 victory over Florida State; forcing a...

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NCAA Tournament quiz: Test your knowledge of basketball in Florida

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Basketball: Florida Gators left out of NCAA Tournament, will play in the NIT

The Gators didn’t do enough.

John Egbunu #15 of the Florida Gators reacts as he fouls out in the game against the Texas A&M Aggies during the quarterfinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

John Egbunu #15 of the Florida Gators reacts as he fouls out in the game against the Texas A&M Aggies during the quarterfinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

One win in the Southeastern Conference Tournament wasn’t enough to overcome a 3-6 record to close out the regular season.

Florida learned the expected on Selection Sunday. The Gators (19-14, 9-9 SEC) did not make the NCAA Tournament in head coach Mike White’s first year at the helm.

It marks the second consecutive season that Florida has missed out on the NCAA Tournament.

Instead, the Gators have accepted an invitation to play in the National Invitation Tournament for the first time since 2009 and just the third time since 1999. No. 2 seed Florida will begin its NIT run against seventh-seeded North Florida in Jacksonville at 9 p.m. Tuesday on ESPNU.

The Gators will have to travel to play all of their postseason games because of the O’Connell Center renovation.

Due to its disappointing regular-season finish, Florida was expected to need at least two wins in the conference tournament to keep its hope of making the NCAA Tournament alive. But after the Gators defeated Arkansas 68-61 in their first SEC Tournament game, Florida fell to top-seeded Texas A&M 72-66 in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.

After starting the season with a 9-4 record, Florida was a .500 team with a 10-10 record the rest of the way. Offense was a struggle for the Gators, which rank 163rd nationally (73.6 ppg) in scoring offense and 259th nationally (42.2 percent) in team field-goal percentage this season.

Basketball: Florida Gators expected to miss NCAA Tournament after SEC Tournament loss

It looks like the Gators will end up in the NIT.

Danuel House #23 of the Texas A&M Aggies dribbles the ball in the game against the Florida Gators during the quarterfinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Danuel House #23 of the Texas A&M Aggies dribbles the ball in the game against the Florida Gators during the quarterfinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Florida (19-14, 9-9 SEC) fell to top-seeded Texas A&M 72-66 in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals on Friday afternoon. Although Florida picked up one win in the SEC Tournament, a 68-61 victory over Arkansas on Thursday, the Gators still needed a win over the Aggies to keep any realistic hopes of making the NCAA Tournament alive.

“Mike White’s team has played some of its worst basketball in recent weeks, which makes it difficult to imagine it toppling a Texas A&M team enjoying a late-February/early-March run of restored form,” ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan wrote about the Gators entering Friday’s matchup against Texas A&M. “Anything short of ending that run, and handing the Aggies their first loss in six games, probably sends the Gators to the NIT.”

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi doesn’t have Florida in his NCAA Tournament bracket. The Gators are the first team listed in Lunardi’s “Next Out,” which is after his “First Four Out.”

Florida entered Friday’s game against Texas A&M ranked No. 51 in the RPI.

The Gators will find out their fate in just two days on Selection Sunday, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on CBS.

Basketball: What will it take for Gators to make the NCAA Tournament?

The Gators’ worst stretch of the season has come at a very bad time.

Kentucky Wildcats guard Charles Matthews (4) and Kentucky Wildcats forward Marcus Lee (0) battles Florida Gators forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) for a rebound during the first half on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. (Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader/TNS)

Kentucky Wildcats guard Charles Matthews (4) and Kentucky Wildcats forward Marcus Lee (0) battles Florida Gators forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) for a rebound during the first half on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. (Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader/TNS)

Florida dropped its fourth consecutive game in a 88-79 loss to No. 22 Kentucky on Tuesday. The Gators now own a 17-13 overall record and a 8-9 SEC record.

(Gators’ free-throw woes lead to fourth-straight loss)

With just one regular-season game remaining on Florida’s schedule — a road game against Missouri (10-20, 3-14) — the Gators are desperate for wins. It’s the only way Florida can earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

“I would pass a rule that you have to be at least .500 in your conference, including conference tournament games, to be at-large eligible,” ESPN’s Joe Lunardi said toward the end of the Florida-Kentucky broadcast Tuesday night. “All of the data shows that winning begets winning and a lot of these teams, Florida included, all they’ve really proven is that they can lose to good teams.”

The Gators entered Tuesday’s game against the Wildcats as the last team in the tournament as part of Lunardi’s “Last Four In.” But the loss to Kentucky has dropped Florida out of Lunardi’s bracket as part of his “First Four Out.”

Florida is ranked No. 56 in the RPI. What will it take for the Gators to make the NCAA Tournament after losing four straight?

First, Florida will need to beat a bad Missouri team on the road Saturday (7:30 p.m., SEC Network) to close out the regular season. The Tigers are ranked No. 214 in the RPI.

But that won’t be enough to get Florida into the NCAA Tournament. The Gators will also need to make a deep run in the SEC Tournament to have any chance of making the bracket.

Florida is currently in 10th place in the SEC standings. The SEC Tournament begins March 9 in Nashville.

“Absolutely,” Lunardi answered when asked if the Gators still have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament. “A lot can happen and a lot will happen next week. But they are certainly trending in the wrong direction. I think in the case of the Gators, their numbers always looked a little inflated to me over the course of the season and I think the schedule has just caught up with them.”

Florida Gators Basketball: “We’re desperate”

The calendar has turned to a new month and with it comes the realization that the basketball postseason is only a little over a month away.

One group who is very aware of that fact though is the Florida Gators basketball team.

The Gators currently sit at 12-9 and 5-3 in the SEC. That latest win came from a thriller versus Arkansas on January 31.

Down by two with less than 2 seconds left, Michael Frazier was able to draw a foul from Alandise Harris.

Frazier went to the line as the clock shown 1.9 seconds remaining. He banked both free throw shots to put the Gators up by one. Kasey...

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