The basketball team of the Florida Gators men represents Florida's University . The Gators compete in NCAA Division I's 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.
Achievement was rare for several decades, although the University of Florida basketball team took the court in 1915. The program did not have a decent gymnasium before the Florida Gymnasium in 1950, did not seek the services of a full-time basketball trainer until Norm Sloan at 1960, and did not 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 appeared in the NCAA tournament in 1987, but consistent success was elusive, and the Gators often found themselves at the bottom half of their conference standings.
Florida's basketball program finally found victory . Recently as Florida's trainer, Donovan headed the schedule to seven of its eight Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season championships, each of four SEC tournament championships, fourteen 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 as 2015 was Mike White, who's led the Gators to three NCAA Tournament bids in his first four seasons in the school.