Series: 2nd meeting (1-0)
Series (Neutral): 1st meeting
Current Streak: W-1
Last Meeting: March 17, 1993 (W, 74-66)
Tubby Smith vs. Florida: 27th meeting (16-10)
Minnesota in NCAA Tournament: 13-11**
Tubby Smith in NCAA Tournament: 30-15
** Minnesota's 1994, `95, `97, `99 tournament records have since been vacated.
Game Day Tid-Bits:
Minnesota is making its 12th overall NCAA Tournament appearance (1972, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2013), and its third trip under six-year head coach Tubby Smith. Minnesota's appearances during the 1994, '95, '97 and '99 tournaments have since been vacated.
Minnesota is the No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history. The Gophers' previous appearances were during 1989, when they knocked off No. 6 seed Kansas State, 86-75, and No. 14 Siena (80-67) to reach the Sweet 16 before falling to second-seeded Duke, 87-70. Minnesota lost to No. 6 Xavier 76-62 in the 2010 tournament.
Florida will be Minnesota's 12th game against a team ranked in the AP Top 25 at the time of the game. The Gophers are 6-5 in those games.
Tubby Smith is making his 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and third as the head coach at Minnesota. Smith is 30-15 (.667) all-time in the NCAA Tournament and led the 1998 Kentucky Wildcats to the National Title with a 78-69 victory over Utah in San Antonio.
Smith is one of only a handful of active coaches to take four teams to the NCAA Tournament (John Beilein, Lon Kruger, Rick Pitino, Larry Eustachy).
Smith is also just one of two active coaches (Kruger) to lead four programs to at least one win in the NCAA Tournament and one of just four coaches all-time to win at least one game with four programs (Jim Harrick, Kruger and Eddie Sutton).
Tubby Smith and Gator head coach Billy Donovan have faced off 26 previous times with Smith holding the current edge at 16-10. The two have only faced each other twice in tournament action - 2004 SEC title game (W, 89-73) and the 2005 SEC title game (L, 53-70).