2006–07 Florida Gators men's basketball team

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2006–07 Florida Gators men's basketball
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National Champions
SEC Tournament Champions
SEC Regular Season Champions
SEC Eastern Division Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference East
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
2006–07 record 35–5 (13–3 SEC)
Head coach Billy Donovan
Assistant coach Donnie Jones
Lewis Preston
Larry Shyatt
Home arena O'Connell Center
Seasons
« 2005–06 2007–08 »
2006 Florida Gator Midnight Madness celebration
Left: Corey Brewer dunk exhibition. Right: Sha Brooks and Joakim Noah co-ed 3-point shootout.

The 2006–07 Florida Gators men's basketball team represented the University of Florida in the sport of basketball during the 2006–07 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 were looking to repeat as national champions. The Gators finished the season with a 26–5 record entering the SEC Championship. They won all three games and received the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.[1] They raced through the tournament and reached the final against Ohio State. They beat them 84–75 to become the first team since Duke in 1992 to repeat as National Champions.[2]

Class of 2006[edit]

[3][4][5]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jonathan Mitchell
PF
Mount Vernon, New York Mt. Vernon HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Oct 9, 2005 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Brandon Powell
SG
Memphis, Tennessee Mitchell Road HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Aug 24, 2005 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Marreese Speights
C
Chatham, Virginia Hargrave Military Academy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) May 14, 2005 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Dan Werner
PF
Lincroft, New Jersey Christian Brothers Academy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jun 17, 2006 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall Recruiting Rankings:'     Scout 22     Rivals 20 [6]     ESPN – ' 

Roster[edit]

Name Number Position Height Weight Class Hometown
Jack Berry 22 G 6–6 215 Junior Windermere, Florida
Corey Brewer 2 F 6–9 185 Junior Portland, Tennessee
Taurean Green 11 G 6–0 177 Junior Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Walter Hodge 15 G 6–0 170 Sophomore Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Al Horford 42 F/C 6–10 245 Junior Grand Ledge, Michigan
Lee Humphrey 12 G 6–2 192 Senior Maryville, Tennessee
Jonathan Mitchell 0 F 6–7 243 Sophomore Mount Vernon, New York
Joakim Noah 13 F/C 6–11 230 Junior New York, New York
Brandon Powell 3 G 6–3 187 Freshman Memphis, Tennessee
Chris Richard 32 F/C 6–9 255 Senior Lakeland, Florida
Marreese Speights 34 F/C 6–10 245 Freshman St. Petersburg, Florida
Brett Swanson 1 G 6–2 180 Senior Pace, Florida
Garrett Tyler 25 G/F 6–7 200 Junior Palm Harbor, Florida
Dan Werner 21 F 6–7 235 Freshman Middletown, New Jersey

Coaches[edit]

Name Type College Graduating year
Billy Donovan Head Coach Providence College 1987
Donnie Jones Associate Head Coach Pikeville College 1988
Larry Shyatt Assistant Coach College of Wooster 1973
Lewis Preston Assistant Coach Virginia Military Institute 1993
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 Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Exhibition
November 2, 2006* 7:00 PM Northwood College #1 O'Connell CenterGainesville, FL W 70-41 
November 5, 2006* 3:30 PM Barry University #1 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL W 83-47 
Regular season
November 10, 2006* 8:00 PM Samford University #1 O'Connell CenterGainesville, FL SUN W 79-54  1-0
November 14, 2006* 7:00 PM North Florida #1 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL SUN W 86-40  2-0
November 16, 2006* 7:00 PM Jacksonville #1 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL SUN W 90-61  3-0
November 18, 2006* 7:00 PM Tennessee-Chattanooga #1 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL FSN W 93-44  4-0
November 21, 2006* 7:30 PM Prairie View A&M #1 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL SUN W 94-33  5-0
November 24, 2006* 10:30 PM vs. Western Kentucky #1 Orleans ArenaParadise, NV SUN W 101-68  6-0
November 25, 2006* 11:00 PM vs. #12 Kansas #1 Orleans Arena • Paradise, NV ESPN2 L 80-82 OT 6-1
November 28, 2006* 7:00 PM Southern #4 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL FSN W 83-27  7-1
December 3, 2006* 7:30 PM at Florida State #4 Donald L. Tucker CenterTallahassee, FL FSN L 66-70  7-2
December 6, 2006* 7:00 PM Providence #7 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL FSN W 85-67  8-2
December 17, 2006* 6:00 PM vs. Florida A&M #5 St. Pete Times ForumTampa, FL SUN W 72-57  9-2
December 20, 2006* 7:00 PM Stetson #4 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL SUN W 88-67  10-2
December 23, 2006* 4:00 PM #3 Ohio State #4 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL CBS W 86-60  11-2
December 30, 2006* 6:30 PM vs. UAB #3 BankAtlantic CenterSunrise, FL FSN W 75-70  12-2
January 2, 2007* 6:00 PM Liberty #3 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL SUN W 89-58  13-2
January 6, 2007 12:00 PM Georgia #3 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL LFS W 67-51  14-2 (1-0)
January 9, 2007 7:00 PM Arkansas #2 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL ESPN W 79-72  15-2 (2-0)
January 13, 2007 1:00 PM at South Carolina #2 Colonial CenterColumbia, SC LFS W 84-50  16-2 (3-0)
January 20, 2007 1:00 PM Ole Miss #1 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL LFS W 79-70  17-2 (4-0)
January 24, 2007 9:00 PM at Mississippi State #1 Humphrey ColiseumStarkville, MS LFS W 70-67  18-2 (5-0)
January 27, 2007 5:00 PM at Auburn #1 Beard-Eaves-Memorial ColiseumAuburn, AL FSN W 91-66  19-2 (6-0)
January 31, 2007 7:00 PM Vanderbilt #1 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL LFS W 74-64  20-2 (7-0)
February 3, 2007 3:00 PM Tennessee #1 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL LFS W 94-78  21-2 (8-0)
February 7, 2007 7:30 PM at Georgia #1 Stegeman ColiseumAthens, GA SUN W 71-61  22-2 (9-0)
February 10, 2007 9:00 PM at #18 Kentucky #1 Rupp ArenaLexington, KY ESPN W 64-61  23-2 (10-0)
February 14, 2007 8:00 PM Alabama #1 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL LFS W 76-67  24-2 (11-0)
February 17, 2007 1:00 PM at Vanderbilt #1 Memorial GymnasiumNashville, TN CBS L 70-83  24-3 (11-1)
February 21, 2007 8:00 PM South Carolina #3 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL LFS W 63-49  25-3 (12-1)
February 24, 2007 4:00 PM at LSU #3 Maravich Assembly CenterBaton Rouge, LA CBS L 56-66  25-4 (12-2)
February 27, 2007 9:00 PM at Tennessee #4 Thompson-Boling ArenaKnoxville, TN ESPN L 76-86  25-5 (12-3)
March 4, 2007 12:00 PM Kentucky #4 O'Connell Center • Gainesville, FL CBS W 85-72  26-5 (13-3)
SEC Tournament
March 9, 2007 7:30 PM vs. Georgia #6 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA
(SEC Championship round 2)
CBS W 74-57  27-5
March 10, 2007 3:14 PM vs. Ole Miss #6 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(SEC Championship round 3)
CBS W 80-59  28-5
March 11, 2007 1:00 PM vs. Arkansas #6 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(SEC Championship game)
CBS W 77-56  29-5
NCAA Division I Tournament
March 16, 2007 10:05 PM vs. #16 Jackson State #1 New Orleans ArenaNew Orleans, LA
(NCAA Midwest Subregional)
CBS W 112-69  30-5
March 18, 2007 2:15 PM vs. #9 Purdue #1 New Orleans Arena • New Orleans, LA
(NCAA Midwest Subregional)
CBS W 74-67  31-5
March 23, 2007 7:10 PM vs. #5 Butler #1 Edward Jones DomeSt. Louis, MO
(NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal)
CBS W 65-57  32-5
March 25, 2007 2:40 PM vs. #3 Oregon #1 Edward Jones Dome • St. Louis, MO
(NCAA Midwest Regional Final)
CBS W 85-77  33-5
March 31, 2007 8:47 PM vs. #2 UCLA #1 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA
(NCAA National Semifinal)
CBS W 76-66  34-5
April 2, 2007 9:21 PM vs. #1 Ohio State #1 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(NCAA National Championship)
CBS W 84-75  35-5
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll.
Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
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AP 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 5 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 5 1
Coaches 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 7 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 3 4 6 1

Regular season[edit]

The Gators started the regular season trying to repeat as National Champions. They returned all five starters since none of them decided to go into the NBA early. They won their first few games, then they lost to Kansas in Las Vegas. On December 13, Junior Al Horford injured his ankle in practice,[7] and missed a few games in December. Horford however, was able to play against Ohio State, on December 23. The Ohio State-Florida game was a high anticipated match-up, featuring 3 of the top big men in the country(Horford, Joakim Noah, and Greg Oden). The Gators stopped Oden from scoring a lot of points and went on to win 86–60. The Gators entered SEC play with a 13–2 record. They started out dominating the SEC. With a 12–0 SEC record the Gators headed to Nashville, Tennessee to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. They had 17 straight wins, close to a school record, when they lost to Vanderbilt 70–83.[8]

Accomplishments[edit]

  • Then longest winning streak in school history – 17 games (3 times) (2005/6, 2006/7, since broken by 2013-14 Gators)
  • Consecutive 20 + win seasons – 9 years in a row (1998/9-2006/7)
  • The most wins in school history prior to NCAA tournament – 29 (2006/7)
  • The most wins in a season in school history – 35 (2006/7)
  • Combined 68–11 record over two years (2005/6 – 2006/7)
  • Led nation in field goal percentage (2005/6, 2006/7)
  • All 5 starters with positive assists/turnover ratio (2005/6, 2006/7)
  • All 5 starters with 1,000 + career points scored (2006/7)
  • 2nd out-right SEC regular season championship (2006/7)
  • Consecutive SEC tournament championships – 3 years in a row (2004/5–2006/7)
  • Consecutive SEC tournament title games – 4 years in a row (2003/4–2006/7)
  • SEC record 6 consecutive wins over Kentucky Wildcats (2004/5-2006/7)
  • Consecutive appearances in NCAA tournament – 9 years in a row (1998/9–2006/7)
  • Two consecutive appearances in NCAA Final Four (2005/6, 2006/7)
  • First NCAA national championship (2005/6)
  • Second NCAA national championship (2006/7)
  • Highest seed (#1) ever in NCAA tournament (2006/7)
  • One of 3 teams (UF, Duke, Kansas ) to be #6 seed or higher 9 years in a row
  • Champs of Coaches vs. Cancer Classic tournament in Madison Sq. Garden (2005/6)
  • Coaches vs. Cancer Classic MVP – Green (2005/6)
  • SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year – Brewer (2005/6)
  • SEC 6th Man of the Year – Richard (2006/7)
  • SEC tournament MVP – Green (2005/6)
  • SEC tournament team – Green, Brewer (2005/6)
  • SEC tournament MVP – Horford (2006/7)
  • SEC tournament team – Horford, Noah, Brewer, Green (2006/7)
  • Never trailed in all 3 SEC tournament games
  • 3 SEC Players of the Week – Green and Noah (twice) (2005/6)
  • 2 SEC Players of the Week – Humphrey and Brewer (2006/7)
  • SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year – Humphrey (twice)
  • ESPN First Team Academic All-American – Humphrey
  • NCAA Minneapolis Regional MVP – Noah (2005/6)
  • NCAA Minneapolis Regional All-Regional Team – Noah, Green, Horford (2005/6)
  • NCAA Final Four MOP – Noah (2005/6)
  • First player with 4 or more blocks in all 6 NCAA Tournament games – Noah (2005/6)
  • NCAA tournament individual record 29 blocks – Noah (2005/6)
  • NCAA Final Four individual record 10 blocks – Noah (2005/6)
  • NCAA Championship Game individual record 6 blocks – Noah (2005/6)
  • NCAA tournament 2nd place team record 44 blocks (2005/6)
  • 3rd youngest coach to win NCAA title – Coach Donovan (2005/6)
  • First team since UCLA in 1968 to win both Final Four games by 15+ points (2005/6)
  • NCAA Midwest Regional MVP – Green (2006/7)
  • NCAA Midwest Regional All-Regional Team – Green, Humphrey (2006/7)
  • NCAA Tournament record + 43 (62–19) rebound margin vs Jackson St (2006/6)
  • NCAA Final Four MOP – Brewer (2006/7)
  • NCAA Final Four record 17 rebounds vs. UCLA – Horford (2006/7)
  • 84.6% shooting percentage in NCAA tournament – Richard (2006/7) (better than Laettner's 78.8% in 1989, but not enough shots to hold record)
  • NCAA Tournament career record 47 3-point shots – Humphrey (2003/4-2006/7)
  • NCAA Tournament career 4th place 41 blocked shots – Noah (2004/5-2006/7)
  • First team since Duke (91–92) to win back-to-back NCAA titles (2005/6-2006/7)
  • First group of 5 starters to win back-to-back NCAA titles (2005/6-2006/7)
  • 2nd most consecutive NCAA tournament wins (12) since expansion (2005/6-2006/7)
  • Never trailed in second half of 4 Final Four games (2005/6-2006/7)
  • Average scoring margin of +12.5 points in 4 Final Four games (2005/6-2006/7)
  • Average scoring margin of +15.1 points in 12 NCAA T games (2005/6-2006/7)
  • School record 37 consecutive foul shots – Green (2005/6)
  • School record 113 3-point shots in a season – Humphrey (2005/6, 2006/7)
  • School record 39 consecutive games with 3-point shot – Humphrey (2006/7)
  • School record only triple double – Brewer (2005/6)[/COLOR]
  • School record 288 career 3-point shots – Humphrey (2003/4-2006/7)
  • School record 112 career wins – Humphrey, Richard (2003/4-2006/7
  • School record 141 career games played – Richard (2003/4-2006/7)
  • School record 261 career wins – Coach Donovan (1995/6-2006/7)
  • School record 22 career NCAA tournament wins – Coach Donovan [/COLOR]
  • School record 112 points scored in a tournament game – UF vs Jackson St. (2006/7)
  • School record 71 points scored in a half – UF vs Jackson St., 2nd half (2006/7)
  • School record 9 assists in a half – Taurean Green, UF vs Jackson St., 2nd half (2006/7)
  • School record 62–19 rebounding margin – UF vs Jackson St. (2006/7)
  • School record most points in NCAA tournament career – Brewer (2006/7)
  • 18 post-season wins in a row (2005/6-2006/7)
  • 22–1 post-season record in the last three years (2004/5-2006/7)
  • 14 consecutive wins in a dome, including national semis and finals (2004/5-2006/6)
  • 19 consecutive wins in the O'Connell Center
  • NBA Draft record, with three players in Top 9 selections

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