The basketball team of the Florida Gators men reflects Florida's University . The Gators compete in NCAA Division I's Southeastern Conference (SEC). Home matches are played at 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 decades. The program didn't have an adequate gymnasium before the Florida Gymnasium in 1950, did not hire a full-time basketball coach until Norm Sloan at 1960, and didn't play in a modern arena until the O'Connell Center opened in 1980. Florida made its first postseason tournament appearance from the 1969 National Invitation Tournament and first appeared in the NCAA championship in 1987, but consistent success was elusive, and the Gators often found themselves at the bottom half of the conference standings.
Success was finally found by the basketball program of florida . In nineteen years as Florida's trainer, Donovan led the schedule to seven of its eight Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season championships, all four SEC championship championships, fourteen of twenty-two NCAA Tournament appearances, four out of five Final Four appearances, and back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. Florida's head coach since 2015 was Mike White, who has led the Gators to three NCAA Tournament bids in his four seasons in the school.
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