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Undated---Florida's path to the Final Four is filled with college basketball blue bloods.

The Gators earned the tournament's overall No. 1 seed after beating Kentucky 61-60 in the Southeastern Conference championship game Sunday. Coach Billy Donovan's team, which has won 26 consecutive games, is the top seed for the first time since winning the second of back-to-back national titles in 2007.

Guard Scottie Wilbekin says, "It's kind of what we expected."

Florida will open tournament play Thursday in Orlando, Fla., in the South Region. The Gators will face the winner of Albany and Mount St. Mary's.

Florida's road to Dallas could get tougher after that, with No. 2 seed Kansas, No. 3 seed Syracuse and No. 4 seed UCLA all in the South. They have a combined 15 national titles.