The basketball team of the Florida Gators men reflects the University of Florida . 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.
Success was rare for many decades, although the University of Florida basketball team took the court in 1915. The program didn't have 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, also did not play in a contemporary stadium 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 tournament in 1987, but constant success was elusive, and the Gators often found themselves in the bottom half of the conference standings.
Consistent success was found by florida's basketball program under head coach Billy Donovan, who was hired in 1996. Recently as Florida's coach, Donovan led the schedule to seven of its eight Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season championships, each of four SEC championship championships, fourteen 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 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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