2008–09 Florida Gators men's basketball team

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2008–09 Florida Gators men's basketball
Conference Southeastern Conference East
2008–09 record 25–11 (9–7 SEC)
Head coach Billy Donovan
Assistant coach Larry Shyatt
Shaka Smart
Rob Lanier
Home arena O'Connell Center
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
South Carolina 10 6   .625     21 10   .677
Tennessee 10 6   .625     21 13   .618
Florida 9 7   .563     25 11   .694
Vanderbilt 8 8   .500     19 12   .613
Kentucky 8 8   .500     22 14   .611
Georgia 3 13   .188     12 20   .375
West
#21 LSU 13 3   .813     27 8   .771
Auburn 10 6   .625     24 12   .667
Mississippi State 9 7   .563     23 13   .639
Alabama 7 9   .438     18 14   .563
Ole Miss 7 9   .438     16 15   .516
Arkansas 2 14   .125     14 16   .467
† SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Florida Gators men's basketball team represented the University of Florida in the sport of basketball during the 2008–09 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 build on their 24–12 record from the 2007–08 season.

Preseason[edit]

Entering the season, the Gators had to overcome the loss of Marreese Speights, who after his sophomore season, left for the 2008 NBA Draft. Speights was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers. To help replace his presence on the court, the Gators welcomed six freshmen to the team. The Gators won their two preseason games against Rollins and Warner.

Class of 2008[edit]

[1][2][3]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Allan Chaney
PF
New London, Connecticut New London HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 23, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Kenny Kadji
C
Douala, Cameroon IMG Academy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jun 30, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Ray Shipman
SF
Pace, Florida Pace HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 204 lb (93 kg) Jun 21, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Eloy Vargas
PF
Moca, Dominican Republic American Heritage School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sep 26, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Erving Walker
PG
Middle Village, New York Christ The King Regional HS 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 140 lb (64 kg) Dec 29, 2006 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Overall Recruiting Rankings:     Scout9     Rivals10 [4]     ESPN2 

Roster[edit]

Name Number Position Height Weight Class Hometown
Adam Allen 14 F 6–8 225 Sophomore Milton, Florida
Nick Calathes 33 G/F 6–6 194 Sophomore Winter Park, Florida
Allan Chaney 24 F 6–8 231 Freshman Baltimore, Maryland
Hudson Fricke 40 G 6–1 193 Sophomore Greenville, South Carolina
Walter Hodge 15 G 6–0 170 Senior Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Kenny Kadji 30 F/C 6–10 235 Freshmen Douala, Cameroon
Vernon Macklin 32 F 6–10 230 Junior Portsmouth, Virginia
Kyle McClanahan 4 G 6–1 185 Freshman Maitland, Florida
Chandler Parsons 25 F 6–9 213 Sophomore Winter Park, Florida
Ray Shipman 3 G/F 6–5 212 Freshman Miramar, Florida
Alex Tyus 23 F 6–8 220 Sophomore St. Louis, Missouri
Eloy Vargas 1 F/C 6–10 215 Freshman Moca, Dominican Republic
Erving Walker 11 G 5–8 161 Freshman Brooklyn, New York
Dan Werner 21 F 6–7 230 Junior Middletown, New Jersey

Coaches[edit]

Name Type College Graduating year
Billy Donovan Head Coach Providence College 1987
Larry Shyatt Associate Head Coach College of Wooster 1973
Shaka Smart Assistant Coach Kenyon College 1999
Rob Lanier Assistant Coach St. Bonaventure University 1990
Darren Hertz Assistant to the Head Coach Florida 1997
Adam Beaupre Video Coordinator Florida 1999
Matt Herring Strength & Conditioning Coordinator University of Texas Southwestern 1994
Dave Werner Athletic Trainer Eastern Kentucky University 1991
Tom Williams Academic Counselor Florida 1978

After the season, assistant coach Shaka Smart left to become head coach of the VCU Rams.

Schedule and results[edit]

Retrieved from Gatorzone.com

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Exhibition
November 3, 2008*
7:00 PM
#19 Warner W 108–49 
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
November 6, 2008*
7:00 PM
#19 Rollins W 82–53 
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
Regular season
November 14, 2008*
6:00 PM, ESPNU
#19 Toledo W 80–58  1–0
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
November 16, 2008*
2:15 PM, ESPNU
#19 Bradley W 81–58  2–0
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
November 20, 2008*
8:00 PM, SUN
#18 Southern Utah W 64–50  3–0
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
November 24, 2008*
7:30 PM, ESPN2
#17 vs. Syracuse
CBE Classic Semifinal
L 83–89  3–1
Sprint Center
Kansas City, MO
November 25, 2008*
7:45 PM, ESPNU
#17 vs. Washington
CBE Classic Consolation Game
W 86–84  4–1
Sprint Center
Kansas City, MO
November 30, 2008*
1:00 PM, SUN
#17 vs. Missouri-Kansas City W 86–65  5–1
Amway Arena
Orlando, FL
December 2, 2008*
7:00 PM, SUN
#23 Florida A&M W 73–58  6–1
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
December 7, 2008*
6:00 PM, FSN
#23 at Florida State L 55–57  6–2
Donald L. Tucker Center
Tallahassee, FL
December 10, 2008*
8:00 PM, FSN
Florida Gulf Coast W 94–60  7–2
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
December 20, 2008*
6:30 PM, FSN
vs. UCF W 89–61  8–2
Veterans Memorial Arena
Jacksonville, FL
December 22, 2008*
7:00 PM, FSN
Georgia Southern W 88–81  9–2
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
December 28, 2008*
6:30 PM, FSN
vs. Winthrop W 74–45  10–2
BankAtlantic Center
Sunrise, FL
December 30, 2008*
1:00 PM, FSN
Stetson W 78–57  11–2
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
January 3, 2009*
4:00 PM, CBS
NC State W 68–66  12–2
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
January 6, 2009*
7:00 PM, SUN
Longwood W 95–69  13–2
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
January 10, 2009
6:00 PM, FSN
Ole Miss W 78–68  14–2 (1–0)
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
January 14, 2009
8:00 PM, Raycom
at Auburn W 68–65  15–2 (2–0)
Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum
Auburn, AL
January 17, 2009
2:00 PM, Raycom
Arkansas W 80–65  16–2 (3–0)
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
January 21, 2009
7:00 PM, Raycom
#24 at South Carolina L 69–70  16–3 (3–1)
Colonial Life Arena
Columbia, SC
January 25, 2009
1:30 PM, CBS
#24 at Vanderbilt W 94–69  17–3 (4–1)
Nashville, TN
Memorial Gymnasium
January 28, 2009
8:00 PM, Raycom
Georgia W 83–57  18–3 (5–1)
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
January 31, 2009
9:00 PM, ESPN
at Tennessee L 63–79  18–4 (5–2)
Thompson-Boling Arena
Knoxville, TN
February 3, 2009
9:00 PM, ESPN
South Carolina W 97–93  19–4 (6–2)
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
February 10, 2009
9:00 PM, ESPN
at Kentucky L 65–68  19–5 (6–3)
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
February 14, 2009
3:30 PM, ABC
at Georgia L 86–88  19–6 (6–4)
Stegeman Coliseum
Athens, Georgia
February 18, 2009
7:00 PM, SUN
Alabama W 83–74  20–6 (7–4)
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
February 21, 2009
3:00 PM, Raycom
Vanderbilt W 82–68  21–6 (8–4)
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
February 24, 2009
9:00 PM, ESPN
at LSU L 75–81  21–7 (8–5)
Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Baton Rouge, LA
March 1, 2009
2:00 PM, CBS
Tennessee L 75–79  21–8 (8–6)
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
March 4, 2009
8:00 PM, Raycom
at Mississippi State L 71–80  21–9 (8–7)
Humphrey Coliseum
Starkville, MS
March 7, 2009
2:00 PM, CBS
Kentucky W 60–53  22–9 (9–7)
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
SEC Tournament
March 12, 2009
9:45 PM, Raycom
vs. Arkansas
SEC Championship round 1
W 73–58  23–9
St. Pete Times Forum
Tampa, FL
March 13, 2009
9:45 PM, Raycom
vs. Auburn
SEC Championship round 2
L 58–61  23–10
St. Pete Times Forum
Tampa, FL
National Invitational Tournament
March 18, 2009
8:00 PM
#1 #8 Jacksonville
National Invitational Tournament round #1
W 84–62  24–10
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
March 20, 2009
7:00 PM, ESPNU
#1 #4 Miami
National Invitational Tournament round #2
W 74–60  25–10
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
March 24, 2009
9:00 PM, ESPN
#1 #2 Penn State
National Invitational Tournament Quarterfinal
L 62–71  25–11
O'Connell Center
Gainesville, FL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 19 19 18 17 23 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 23 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Coaches 21 21 19 19 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR

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