Perhaps it was a wake-up call.
The Florida Gators came into the NCAA tournament as the team on the No. 1 line. They were anointed as the best of the No. 1 seeds, and it's clear that they must get to the Final Four if the season is going to be labeled a success. Even that may not be enough to satisfy head coach Billy Donovan and his band of hungry players.
They want a championship, but if they play the way they did in their first game against Albany, they won't get there. The Gators played ordinary basketball and did not look like champions.
But they did survive. Now they face a much tougher team in Pittsburgh, and the Panthers are coming off of a blowout win over Colorado.
The Gators face several challenges in this game, and they will have to answer them if they want to fulfill their championship goals.