Florida Gators men’s basketball

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The basketball team of the Florida Gators men reflects Florida's University . The Gators compete in NCAA Division I am Southeastern Conference (SEC). Home games are played at the Exactech Arena in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus.
Achievement was rare for many years, although the University of Florida's first basketball team took the court in 1915. The program did not possess a decent gymnasium before the Florida Gymnasium in 1950, didn't seek the services of a full-time basketball trainer until Norm Sloan in 1960, and didn't play in a modern arena until the O'Connell Center started in 1980. Florida made its first postseason tournament appearance in the 1969 National Invitation Tournament and first appeared at the NCAA tournament in 1987, but consistent success was elusive, and the Gators frequently found themselves at the bottom half of the conference standings.
Florida's basketball program eventually found victory under head coach Billy Donovan, who was hired in 1996. Recently as Florida's trainer, Donovan headed the schedule to seven of its eight Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season championships, all four SEC tournament championships, two of twenty-two NCAA Tournament appearances, four from five Final Four appearances, along with 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 at the school.

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