2005–06 Florida Gators men's basketball team

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2005–06 Florida Gators men's basketball
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National champions
SEC Tournament champions
Conference Southeastern Conference East
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #10
2005–06 record 33–6 (10–6 SEC)
Head coach Billy Donovan
Assistant coach Anthony Grant
Donnie Jones
Larry Shyatt
Home arena O'Connell Center
Seasons
« 2004–05 2006–07 »

The 2005–06 Florida Gators men's basketball team represented the University of Florida in the sport of basketball during the 2005–06 college basketball season. The Gators competed in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by head coach Billy Donovan, and played their home games in the O'Connell Center on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus.

The Gators started the season looking to end their recent steak of losing in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. They finished the season with a 24–6 record entering the SEC Championship. They won all three games and received a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, eventually playing in the final against UCLA. On April 3, 2006 Florida beat UCLA 73–57 to win their first ever NCAA Championship.[1]

Class of 2005[edit]

[2][3][4]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Walter Hodge
PG
Melbourne, Florida Florida Air Academy 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Apr 11, 2005 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
David Huertas
SG
Jacksonville, Florida Arlington Country Day School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jul 2, 2004 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Jimmie Sutton
C
Coconut Creek, Florida North Broward Prep 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Sep 11, 2004 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall Recruiting Rankings:'     Scout 21     Rivals NR [5]     ESPN – ' 

Roster[edit]

Name Number Position Height Weight Class Hometown
Jack Berry 22 G 6–6 215 Sophomore Windermere, Florida
Corey Brewer 2 F 6–9 185 Sophomore Portland, Tennessee
Taurean Green 11 G 6–0 177 Sophomore Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Walter Hodge 15 G 6–0 170 Freshman Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Al Horford 42 F/C 6–10 245 Sophomore Grand Ledge, Michigan
David Huertas 33 G 6–5 185 Freshman Humacao, Puerto Rico
Lee Humphrey 12 G 6–2 192 Junior Maryville, Tennessee
Adrian Moss 4 F 6–9 247 Senior Houston, Texas
Joakim Noah 13 F/C 6–11 230 Sophomore New York, New York
Chris Richard 32 F/C 6–9 255 Junior Lakeland, Florida
Jimmie Sutton 5 F/C 6–10 252 Freshman Deerfield Beach, Florida
Brett Swanson 1 G 6–2 180 Junior Pace, Florida
Garrett Tyler 25 G/F 6–7 200 Sophomore Palm Harbor, Florida

Coaches[edit]

Name Type College Graduating year
Billy Donovan Head Coach Providence College 1987
Anthony Grant Associate Head Coach University of Dayton 1987
Donnie Jones AssistantCoach Pikeville College 1988
Larry Shyatt Assistant Coach College of Wooster 1973
Darren Hertz Assistant to the Head Coach University of Florida 1997
Adam Beaupre Video Coordinator University of Florida 1999
Matt Herring Strength & Conditioning Coordinator University of Texas Southwestern 1994
Dave Werner Athletic Trainer Eastern Kentucky University 1991
Tom Williams Academic Counselor

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
Exhibition
November 1, 2005* Embry-Riddle W 86–48  O'Connell Center
November 4, 2005* West Florida W 84–41  O'Connell Center
Regular season
November 9, 2005* St. Peter's College W 80–51  1–0 O'Connell Center
November 10, 2005* Albany College W 83–64  2–0 O'Connell Center
November 17, 2005* vs. #18 Wake Forest W 77–72  3–0 Madison Square Garden
November 18, 2005* vs. #16 Syracuse W 75–70  4–0 Madison Square Garden
November 25, 2005* #15 Florida State W 74–66  5–0 O'Connell Center
November 28, 2005* #11 Alabama State W 87–60  6–0 O'Connell Center
December 3, 2005* #11 Central Florida W 80–47  7–0 O'Connell Center
December 6, 2005* #8 at Providence W 87–77  8–0 Dunkin' Donuts Center
December 9, 2005* #8 Bethune-Cookman W 88–58  9–0 O'Connell Center
December 18, 2005* #6 Jacksonville W 101–58  10–0 O'Connell Center
December 22, 2005* #5 at Miami W 77–67  11–0 BankUnited Center
December 30, 2005* #5 Florida A&M W 84–47  12–0 O'Connell Center
January 3, 2006* #5 Morgan State W 92–49  13–0 O'Connell Center
January 7, 2006 #5 at Georgia W 90–72  14–0 (1–0) Stegeman Coliseum
January 11, 2006 #2 Mississippi State W 75–60  15–0 (2–0) O'Connell Center
January 14, 2006 #2 Auburn W 69–57  16–0 (3–0) O'Connell Center
January 18, 2006* #2 Savannah State W 113–62  17–0 O'Connell Center
January 21, 2006 #2 at Tennessee L 76–80  17–1 (3–1) Thompson-Boling Arena
January 25, 2006 #4 at South Carolina L 62–68  17–2 (3–2) Colonial Center
January 28, 2006 #4 Vanderbilt W 81–58  18–2 (4–2) O'Connell Center
January 31, 2006 #7 at Ole Miss W 69–58  19–2 (5–2) Tad Smith Coliseum
February 4, 2006 #7 Kentucky W 95–80  20–2 (6–2) O'Connell Center
February 8, 2006 #6 South Carolina L 67–71  20–3 (6–3) O'Connell Center
February 11, 2006 #6 LSU W 71–62  21–3 (7–3) O'Connell Center
February 15, 2006 #7 at Vanderbilt W 73–68  22–3 (8–3) Memorial Gymnasium
February 18, 2006 #7 at Arkansas L 81–85  22–4 (8–4) Bud Walton Arena
February 22, 2006 #9 #11 Tennessee L 72–76  22–5 (8–5) O'Connell Center
February 26, 2006 #9 at Alabama L 77–82  22–6 (8–6) Coleman Coliseum
March 1, 2006 #14 Georgia W 77–66  23–6 (9–6) O'Connell Center
March 6, 2006 #14 at Kentucky W 79–64  24–6 (10–6) Rupp Arena
SEC Tournament
March 10, 2006 #10 vs. Arkansas W 74–71  25–6 Gaylord Entertainment Center
(SEC Championship round 2)
March 11, 2006 #10 vs. LSU W 81–65  26–6 Gaylord Entertainment Center
(SEC Championship round 3)
March 12, 2006 #10 vs. South Carolina W 49–47  27–6 Gaylord Entertainment Center
(SEC Championship game)
NCAA Division I Tournament
March 16, 2006 #3 (10) vs. #14 South Alabama W 76–50  28–6 Veterans Memorial Arena
(First round)
March 18, 2006 #3 (10) vs. #11 UW-Milwaukee W 82–60  29–6 Veterans Memorial Arena
(Second round)
March 24, 2006 #3 (10) vs. #7 Georgetown W 57–53  30–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Sweet Sixteen)
March 26, 2006 #3 (10) vs. #1 Villanova W 75–62  31–6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
(Elite Eight)
April 1, 2006 #3 (10) vs. #11 George Mason W 73–58  32–6 RCA Dome
(Final Four)
April 3, 2006 #3 (10) vs. #2 UCLA W 73–57  33–6 RCA Dome
(National Championship Game)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Accomplishments[edit]

First National Championship in school history.

References[edit]