Florida likely headed to NIT after six-point loss against Texas A&M

Mike White’s Gators shot 39 percent against the Aggies on Friday. (USATSI)

Florida is, in all likelihood, headed to the NIT.

The Gators were the No. 8 seed in the SEC Tournament and fell — after putting up a good fight — against No. 1 Texas A&M, 72-66. With this loss, UF drops to to 19-14.

It hasn’t had a win over a team projected into the NCAA Tournament since its Jan. 30 home victory over West Virginia. Texas A&M played rough and tumble, but it was effective because the team had 44 points in the paint. Gators big man John Egbunu saw his foul trouble correlate with another Florida loss. The Gators are 0-6 in games in which he fouls out.

Kasey Hill scored 18 off the bench to lead the Gators. A&M got 15 points apiece from Danuel House and freshman big man Tyler Davis.

Mike White had an OK debut year in Gainesville. Remember, last season the team was sub-.500. It wasn’t a loaded roster coming into this year, and there were some bumps. But they’ll head to the NIT and try to establish some good momentum going into next season.

A&M (25-7) will play the winner of Tennessee-LSU. The Aggies are currently projected as a 5 seed in our latest forecast.

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