WATCH: Behind-the-scenes look as Gators arrive at arena in Dallas for final NCAA Tournament preparations

DALLAS — The Florida basketball team rolled in a few minutes late for its scheduled media session Wednesday afternoon at American Airlines Center.

The No. 6-seeded Gators had been practicing down the road at SMU earlier in the day, making the most of a limited window to prepare for their NCAA Tournament opener Thursday night against No. 11 St. Bonaventure.

Florida was dubbed an upset target during the live tournament selection show Sunday night, but the Gators were all smiles and looked loose as they played around in the locker room and then went through a light shoot-around on the court.

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Center Kevarrius Hayes mock interviewed his teammates, grilling guard Egor Koulechov on his Fortnite credentials.

Meanwhile, senior point guard Chris Chiozza said he felt the Gators were in a good frame of mind as they look to bounce back from a forgettable showing in the SEC Tournament.

“We’re the highest we could be,” Chiozza said of the collective confidence level. “You know, we had a bad game last outing, and we’re trying to come back here with a clear head and get back to where we were.”

And all the while, freshman guard Mike Okauru reveled in his first taste of the NCAA Tournament.

“It’s crazy. I was telling some of my teammates, just last year I was literally watching this tournament at school with my friends. And I’m like, ‘Wow, now I’m playing in this,'” Okauru said.

Watch a behind-the-scenes look at the Gators’ arrival and shoot-around Wednesday.

And here’s an extended video from the Gators’ light practice at the American Airlines Center.

WATCH: The Gators warm up in Dallas on the eve of the NCAA Tournament.

Posted by Florida Gators – SEC Country on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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