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Encyclopedia > Florida Gators men's basketball
Florida Gators

University University of Florida
Conference SEC
Location Gainesville, FL
Head Coach Billy Donovan (11th year)
Arena Stephen C. O'Connell Center
(Capacity: 12,000)
Nickname Gators
Colors Blue and Orange

              Image File history File links Florida_Gators_logo. ... The University of Florida (commonly referred to as Florida or UF) is a public land-grant, space-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... Gainesville is a city located in Alachua County, Florida, most known for the University of Florida, home to the Florida Gators football team. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Wikinews has news related to: Gators coach Donovan goes pro, will coach Magic William John “Billy” Donovan, Jr. ... The Stephen C. OConnell Center, popularly nicknamed the O-Dome is a 12,000-seat multi-purpose arena at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. ... Main Florida Gators Logo. ... Blue (from Old High German blao shining) is one of the three primary additive colors; blue light has the shortest wavelength (about 470 nm) of the three primary colors. ... See also Orange (disambiguation) for other meanings of the word. ...

NCAA Tournament Champions
2006, 2007
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1994, 2000, 2006, 2007
Conference Tournament Champions
2005, 2006, 2007
Conference Regular Season Champions
1989, 2000, 2001, 2007

The Florida Gators basketball team represents the University of Florida in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern division. They play their home games at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida, USA. Billy Donovan has been the head coach of the Gators since the 1996-97 season. Main Florida Gators Logo. ... The University of Florida (commonly referred to as Florida or UF) is a public land-grant, space-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... The Stephen C. OConnell Center, popularly nicknamed the O-Dome is a 12,000-seat multi-purpose arena at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. ... Downtown Clock Tower, housing the restored clock bell from the 1885 courthouse Gainesville is the largest city and county seat of Alachua County, Florida. ... Wikinews has news related to: Gators coach Donovan goes pro, will coach Magic William John “Billy” Donovan, Jr. ...


The Gators have two national championships, having won the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament back-to-back, the first team since the 1991-1992 Duke team to accomplish this feat and the first to do it with the same starting lineup. The 2006 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The 2007 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 NCAA schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ...

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Overview

The Florida Gators men's team annually plays a 16-game conference schedule that is preceded by an out of conference schedule against few annual opponents except for Florida State. Their conference schedule consists of a pair of home-and-home games against the other five SEC Eastern Division teams, plus one game against each of the six Western Division teams, with home games alternating each season. The Gators have seldom had rivals in basketball until recently, when their success found them competing against Kentucky and Tennessee. Florida State Womens & Mens team logos. ... The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system. ...


History

Florida had limited success prior to the mid-1990s. However, under the tenure of Norm Sloan, Vernon Maxwell led the team to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen in 1987, and Sloan coached the team to the tournament again the following two years. After a drug scandal involving Maxwell, Sloan left and the program went on probation. Norm Sloan (June 25, 1926 - December 9, 2003) was an American college basketball coach. ... Vernon Maxwell (born September 12, 1965 in Gainesville, Florida) is a former professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1989-2001, with his longest tenure being with the Houston Rockets. ...


Don DeVoe coached the team for the 1989-90 season, after which Lon Kruger was hired. While never known as a great recruiter, Kruger slowly brought the team to increased success and reached the NIT final four in his second year as coach. In 1993-94, however, the pieces fell into place for Florida. Behind Andrew DeClercq and Dametri Hill, the Gators went to their first Final Four following a dramatic victory over UConn where Donyell Marshall missed two free throws with no time on the clock to force overtime, where the Gators eventually prevailed. They lost to Duke in the national semifinal, 70-65. The next year, they returned to the NCAA tournament, but were eliminated in the first round. Kruger's final season in 1995-96 resulted in a losing record, and he left to coach at Illinois. Don DeVoe was a college basketball coach at Florida, Navy, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Wyoming. ... Lon Kruger (born August 19, 1952 in Silver Lake, Kansas) is an American basketball coach. ... The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) is a mens college basketball tournament operated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. ... Andrew DeClercq (born 1 February 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He was undrafted following a career at the University of Florida, and began his professional career with the Golden State Warriors. ... The Connecticut Huskies, also known as the UConn Huskies, are the athletic teams of the University of Connecticut. ... Donyell Lamar Marshall (born May 18, 1973 in Reading, Pennsylvania USA), attended Reading High, is an American professional basketball player currently with the NBAs Cleveland Cavaliers. ... Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski 27th year, 648-187 Home Stadium Cameron Indoor Stadium Capacity 9,314 Outfitter Nike Conference Affiliation Independent (1910-1928) Southern Conference (1929-1953) Atlantic Coast Conference (1954-Present) Team Records All-Time: 1799-792 (.694) NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Champions (3) 1991, 1992, 2001... The intercollegiate athletic teams of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are known as the Fighting Illini. ...


Florida's Athletic Director, Jeremy Foley, looking for a young coach with a proven track record, hired Billy Donovan, then at Marshall, as Kruger's replacement. His recruiting prowess was evident early, bringing future NBA star Jason Williams with him from Marshall and having early recruiting classes with future NBA players Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem, and Matt Bonner, among others. The Gators have made the NCAA Tournament every year since Donovan's third season with the team, an eight-year streak that is easily the school record. Jeremy N. Foley (born December 1, 1952 in Washington, D.C.) is the athletic director for the Florida Gators athletic program at the University of Florida. ... Wikinews has news related to: Gators coach Donovan goes pro, will coach Magic William John “Billy” Donovan, Jr. ... Marshall University is a public university based in Huntington, West Virginia. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Michael Lloyd Mike Miller (born February 19, 1980 in Mitchell, South Dakota, United States) is a professional basketball player currently playing with the Memphis Grizzlies. ... Udonis Johneal Haslem (born June 9, 1980 in Miami, Florida) is a professional basketball player currently with the Miami Heat of the NBA. For the 2005-2006 season, he is listed as 6 ft 8 in and 235 lb. ... Matthew Robert Bonner (born April 5, 1980 in Concord, New Hampshire) is a professional basketball player currently with the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. . (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) ]] Standing 610 at 237 lb, Bonner was drafted out of the University of Florida by Chicago in the 2nd round of... The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ...


During the 1999-2000 season, the upstart Gators beat such traditional powerhouses as Duke, Illinois (led by former coach, Lon Kruger), and North Carolina to advance to their first national title game, before losing to the heavily-favored Michigan State Spartans. The 2000 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... Duke Universitys 26 varsity sports teams, known as the Blue Devils, compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. ... The intercollegiate athletic teams of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are known as the Fighting Illini. ... Lon Kruger (born August 19, 1952 in Silver Lake, Kansas) is an American basketball coach. ... This refers to the athletic teams for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). The name Tar Heel is also often used to refer to individuals from the state of North Carolina, the Tar Heel State. ... The Michigan State Spartans are the athletic teams that represent Michigan State University. ...

2006 championship ring layout.
Head coach Billy Donovan holding up the net after the Gators' second championship.

The team had the distinction of never having won a conference tournament despite several regular-season titles under Donovan until the 2004-05 season, when they beat rival Kentucky in the SEC title game. Image File history File links UF_2006_championship_ring. ... Image File history File links UF_2006_championship_ring. ... Wikinews has news related to: Gators coach Donovan goes pro, will coach Magic William John “Billy” Donovan, Jr. ... The 2007 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 NCAA schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ...


The 2005-2006 team began the season unranked and went on a 17-0 winning streak for the best start in school history, surprising many with a young (four sophomores and one junior) but selfless squad following the graduation of David Lee and the departures of Matt Walsh and Anthony Roberson to the NBA. The trio accounted for 60% of their offense in 2005. The team faded late in the regular season, losing its last 3 games in February and entering the postseason with a 24-6 record, yet still managed to win its second consecutive SEC Tournament championship. David Lee (born April 29, 1983 in St. ... Matt Walsh (born December 2, 1982 in Holland, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player who last played with the NBAs New Jersey Nets during the preseason of 2006. ... Anthony Roberson (born February 14, 1983, in Saginaw, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player formerly of the NBAs Golden State Warriors. ...


The Gators entered the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a #3 seed with a 27-6 record and #10 national ranking. They beat South Alabama and Milwaukee to advance to the Minneapolis regional. There, the Gators defeated the Georgetown Hoyas and upset the top-seeded Villanova Wildcats 75-62 to avenge their loss in the previous year's tournament and move on to their second Final Four under Donovan. The 2006 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... University of South Alabama Jaguar Athletics Template:SunBelt Conference Categories: | ... The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (also known as UW-Milwaukee, UWM or Milwaukee) is a public research university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... This article is about the city in Minnesota. ... The Georgetown University Mens Basketball team (which, like all sports teams at Georgetown University, is named the Georgetown Hoyas) is a well-known basketball program in the NCAA. Georgetowns first intercollegiate mens basketball team was formed in 1907; the team played its first game February 9, 1907... Villanova University has fielded a basketball team since the 1920-21 season. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ...


Florida defeated the upstart George Mason Patriots 73-58 in the National Semi-finals in Indianapolis. On April 3, 2006, the Gators defeated the UCLA Bruins 73-57 in the National Finals to win the school's first men's basketball championship. The University of Florida Athletic Association then purchased the floor used in Indianapolis for the Final Four, and installed it in the O'Connell Center. Current George Mason athletic logo The George Mason Patriots are the athletic teams of George Mason University. ... The Indianapolis skyline Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The UCLA Bruins mens basketball program, established in 1920, owns a record 11 NCAA championships. ... The Stephen C. OConnell Center, popularly nicknamed the O-Dome is a 12,000-seat multi-purpose arena at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. ...


The Gators returned all five starters from their championship team to begin the 2006-07 basketball season as the preseason #1 in both major media polls, a first for the university. The Gators locked up the regular season championship in the SEC relatively early in the 06-07 season and were in possession of a 24-2 record before going on a late-February 1-3 skid that mirrored their 0-3 run a year earlier. For the second season in a row, the losses in February would be their last. Florida closed out Kentucky on Senior Night to end the regular season 26-5, and won their 3rd straight SEC tournament with relative ease, beating Georgia, Mississippi, and Arkansas 77-56. The 2006-07 NCAA Division I mens basketball season began on November 7, 2006, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2007 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 2, 2007 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Colonel Reb University of Mississippi sports teams, originally known as the Mississippi Flood, were re-named the Rebels in 1935 and compete in the competitive twelve-member Southeastern Conference (West Division) of the NCAAs Division I. The schools colors are cardinal red (PMS 199) and navy blue (PMS... The Arkansas Razorbacks Basketball team is the basketball team that represent the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. ...


Florida entered the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as the #1 overall seed in the tournament, and they advanced to the Final Four after wins in the regional against #5 seed Butler and #3 seed Oregon. In a rematch of the 2006 title game, the Gators again eliminated the UCLA Bruins. Florida defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 84-75, in a rematch of a game they won 86-60 three months earlier, to become the first team since the 1991-92 Duke Blue Devils to win back-to-back championships and the first college team ever to win repeat championships with the same starting lineup. The 2007 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 NCAA schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ... The University of Oregon is a public university located in Eugene, Oregon. ... The UCLA Bruins are the sports teams for UCLA. The Bruin mens and womens teams participate in NCAA Division I-A as part of the Pacific Ten Conference. ... The Ohio State Universitys intercollegiate sports teams and players are called the Buckeyes (after the state tree, the Buckeye), and participate in the NCAAs Division I in all sports (except in football, where they are located in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision) and the Big Ten Conference in... Duke Universitys 26 varsity sports teams, known as the Blue Devils, compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. ...


Billy Donovan is currently the head coach of the Gators. Having recently completed his 11th season as coach, agreed to coach for the NBA's Orlando Magic on May 31, 2007. It was revealed on June 3, however, that Donovan had done an about-face and asked to be freed from his contract with the Magic to return to Florida. He was soon thereafter released from his contract and reintroduced as the Gators coach on June 7. Wikinews has news related to: Gators coach Donovan goes pro, will coach Magic William John “Billy” Donovan, Jr. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... May 31 is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... June 3 is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... June 7 is the 158th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (159th in leap years), with 207 days remaining. ...

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Gators coach Donovan goes pro, will coach Magic

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Notable alumni

Matthew Robert Bonner (born April 5, 1980 in Concord, New Hampshire) is a professional basketball player currently with the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. . (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) ]] Standing 610 at 237 lb, Bonner was drafted out of the University of Florida by Chicago in the 2nd round of... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Andrew DeClercq (born 1 February 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He was undrafted following a career at the University of Florida, and began his professional career with the Golden State Warriors. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Udonis Johneal Haslem (born June 9, 1980 in Miami, Florida) is a professional basketball player currently with the Miami Heat of the NBA. For the 2005-2006 season, he is listed as 6 ft 8 in and 235 lb. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... David Lee may refer to: David Lee (art critic), editor of Jackdaw magazine David Lee (basketball), an NBA basketball player for the New York Knicks David Lee (football player), a Singaporean football player David Lee (physicist), a Nobel Prize winning physicist David Lee (politician), a Republic of China politician David... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Vernon Maxwell (born September 12, 1965 in Gainesville, Florida) is a former professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1989-2001, with his longest tenure being with the Houston Rockets. ... Michael Lloyd Mike Miller (born February 19, 1980 in Mitchell, South Dakota, United States) is a professional basketball player currently playing with the Memphis Grizzlies. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Chris Richard is a National Basketball Association player for the Minnesota Timberwolves. ... A power forward is a position in some team sports. ... The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. ... Dwayne Kenneth Schintzius (born October 14, 1968 in Brandon, Florida) is an American basketball player perhaps best known for his role as a Russian player in the 1996 Whoopi Goldberg comedy Eddie (film), and his mullet. ... Neal Walk (born July 29, 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former professional basketball player who played from 1969 to 1974 for the Phoenix Suns, was traded to the then New Orleans (now Utah) Jazz and subsequently traded to the New York Knicks, where he played for 2 seasons. ... Wheelchair tennis, a Paralympic sport Paralympic sport is the umbrella term for a wide range of sports for persons with physical disabilities. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

2006-2007 Basketball Championship starting 5

Corey Brewer (born March 5, 1986, in Portland, Tennessee) is an American basketball player formerly of the Florida Gators. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. ... Taurean Green is a point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, who played on the 2007 University of Florida Gators Mens Basketball team, which won the 2006 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament on April 3, 2006 and the 2007 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament on... Sidney Green (born January 4, 1961, in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American basketball player and coach. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a National Basketball Association team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Al Horford is the starting forward for the 2006 mens Florida Gators basketball team, which won the 2006 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament on April 3, 2006, as well as the 2006 SEC Tournament. ... Tito Horford (born January 19, 1966 in La Romana, Dominican Republic) is a former professional basketball player who was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2nd round (39th overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Lee Humphrey, (born April 26, 1984 in Maryville, Tennessee) was a shooting guard for the Florida basketball team, which won the 2006 & 2007 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournaments. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Joakim Simon Noah (pronunciation: JO-a-kim;[3] born February 25, 1985 in New York City) is a 6 ft. ... Yannick Noah (born May 18, 1960, Sedan, Ardennes, France) is a former professional tennis player from France. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

External links

Official website at Gatorzone.com


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