When Florida earned a No. 1 seed in the 2007 NCAA tournament, head coach Billy Donovan and his squad cut down the nets for the second straight year.
The Gators have not danced as a top seed since then, and though they've reached two consecutive Elite 8s, they have not returned to the Final Four since the days of Joakim Noah and Al Horford.
Florida has positioned itself for a shot at a No. 1 seed in the 2013 tournament, ranking No. 8 in this week's AP Top 25. But in order to edge the teams at the top of the poll, the Gators need a few factors to play to their favor.
Here's a five-step plan for Florida to earn a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance.