For the first time in NCAA basketball tournament history, the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles will play at the same early-round site.

 

The NCAA basketball selection committee on Sunday sent FSU to Orlando as the third seed in the West region, to play No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast (26-7), the Atlantic Sun champions. Florida will be the fourth seed in the East and will play No. 13 East Tennessee State (27-7), which won the Southern Conference.

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Both first-round games will be Thursday in Orlando’s Amway Center. Times and TV information will be released later. If either team wins, they will play in the second round on Saturday.

FSU would advance to the West regional semifinals in San Jose, Calif., with two victories. Florida would head to New York for the East semifinals if they win twice. They would not face each other unless they both reached the Final Four in Phoenix.

FSU lost to Notre Dame in the semifinals of the ACC tournament last week. Florida fell to Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament.

Florida and FSU have only made the NCAA tournament in the same year five times before, in 1988, 1989, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Gators have played at six Florida NCAA sites, while the Seminoles have been assigned to their home state only once, in 1993 to Orlando.