Florida vs. Northwestern State: Game time, TV schedule for 2013 NCAA basketball tournament


The Florida Gators will look to avoid another last-minute loss as they face No. 14 seed Northwestern State on Friday.

The Florida Gators begin their run at the Final Four on Friday night against the Northwestern State Demons at the Frank Erwin Special Events Arena in Austin, Texas. For the Gators, it will be a chance to prove they are one of the nation's elite teams.

For more on the Gators, visit Alligator Army

It's been a challenge to figure out UF for much of the season. Ranked as the best team by Kenpom, Florida, which enters as a No. 3 seed, has the talent, experience and depth to cut the nets down in three weeks. However, the Gators have collapsed in the final minutes of multiple games this season, with an embarrassing loss to Ole Miss in the SEC Championship Game fresh in their minds. If the Gators can close out games in the second half, they're a very tough team to beat.

Florida is very balanced offensively, as their starting lineup all average between nine and 13 points a game. Senior forward Erik Murphy, who is a matchup nightmare as a stretch four, leads the team with an average of 12.6 points. As a team, UF shoots nearly 39 percent from behind the arc. Defensively, big man Patric Young protects the paint with his size and athleticism.

No. 14 seeded Northwestern State made the field of 68 by winning the Southland Conference Tournament last week. They are the nation's top-scoring team at 81 points per game, though they did play one of the weaker schedules of anyone in the country. Like Florida, Northwestern St. is balanced offensively, having four players averaging double-digits in scoring.

Start Time, TV Schedule: 7:27 p.m. ET, TruTV

Location: Frank Erwin Special Events Center in Austin, Texas

More in College Basketball:

Printable bracket for March Madness

Need help filling out your bracket? Check out our predictions

An oral history of Bryce Drew's epic buzzer-beater

The life and death of Earl Badu

Full coverage of March Madness

Jay Bilas breaks down the bracket

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.