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Top overall seed Florida gets to stay close to home to start play in the NCAA tournament's South Region.

The Gators (32-2) will stay in their home state to play in Orlando on Thursday. They'll face the winner of a First Four game between Albany and Mt. St. Mary's out of Maryland. That game will be played Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.

Florida has won a school-record 26 straight games, the last coming Sunday to win the Southeastern Conference championship against Kentucky.

The Gators reached a regional final last year before falling to national runner-up Michigan.

Florida joins Virginia, Wichita State and Arizona as No. 1 seeds.

The Cavaliers, widely considered a 2 or 3 seed in many mock-ups of the bracket, instead vaulted to the top of the East region. They won the ACC regular-season and tournament titles.

March Madness begins Tuesday with a pair of "First Four" games in Dayton, Ohio.

Wichita State, the top seed in the Midwest, comes in at 34-0 - the first team to enter the tournament undefeated since UNLV in 1991.

The Final Four starts April 5 in Arlington, Texas.

For more on the NCAA Tournament, visit USA Today's Bracket Hub below.

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