Florida Gators men’s basketball
The basketball staff of the Florida Gators men represents Florida's University in the sport of basketball. The Gators compete in NCAA Division I am Southeastern Conference (SEC). Home matches are played in the Exactech Arena in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus.
The University of Florida's first basketball team took the court in 1915, but achievement was scarce for several years. The program didn't possess a decent gymnasium before the Florida Gymnasium in 1950, didn't hire a full-time basketball trainer until Norm Sloan at 1960, and didn't play in a contemporary stadium until the O'Connell Center opened in 1980. Florida made its first postseason tournament appearance in the 1969 National Invitation Tournament and first appeared at the NCAA championship in 1987, but constant success was elusive, and the Gators often found themselves at the bottom half of their conference standings.
Florida's basketball program found victory under head coach Billy Donovan, who was hired in 1996. In nineteen years as Florida's coach, Donovan led the program to seven of its eight Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season championships, each of four SEC championship championships, two of twenty-two NCAA Tournament appearances, four from five Final Four appearances, and back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. Florida's head coach since 2015 has been Mike White, who's led the Gators to three NCAA Tournament bids in his four seasons at the school.
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