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Florida Gators men’s basketball

The Florida Gators men's basketball staff reflects Florida's University in the sport of basketball. The Gators compete in NCAA Division I's Southeastern Conference (SEC). Home games are played at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus.
Success was rare for many years, although the University of Florida basketball team took the court in 1915. The program did not possess a decent gymnasium until the Florida Gymnasium in 1950, didn't seek the services of a full-time basketball coach until Norm Sloan in 1960, also 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 at the NCAA championship in 1987, but consistent success was elusive, and the Gators often found themselves in the bottom half of their conference standings.
Consistent success was eventually found by the basketball program of florida under head coach Billy Donovan, who was hired in 1996. Recently as Florida's coach, Donovan led the program to seven of its eight Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season championships, all four SEC championship championships, two of twenty-two NCAA Tournament appearances, four out of five Final Four appearances, along with back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. Florida's head coach as 2015 has been Mike White, who's led the Gators to three NCAA Tournament bids in his four seasons in the school.

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