2005–06 Florida Gators men's basketball team

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2005–06 Florida Gators men's basketball
Florida Gators 2006 championship team.jpg
SEC Tournament champions
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division East
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 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

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
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Exhibition
November 1, 2005
7:00 PM
Embry-Riddle* W 86–48 
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
November 4, 2005
7:00 PM
West Florida* W 84–41 
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
Regular season
November 9, 2005
7:30 PM, FSN
St. Peter's College* W 80–51  1–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
November 10, 2005
8:00 PM, FSN
Albany College* W 83–64  2–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
November 17, 2005
7:00 PM, ESPN
vs. No. 18 Wake Forest* W 77–72  3–0
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
November 18, 2005
9:15 PM, ESPN2
vs. No. 16 Syracuse* W 75–70  4–0
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
November 25, 2005
7:30 PM, FSN
No. 15 Florida State* W 74–66  5–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
November 28, 2005
7:00 PM, FSN
No. 11 Alabama State* W 87–60  6–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
December 3, 2005
12:00 PM, SUN
No. 11 Central Florida* W 80–47  7–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
December 6, 2005
7:30 PM, SUN
No. 8 at Providence* W 87–77  8–0
Dunkin' Donuts Center 
Providence, RI
December 9, 2005
8:30 PM, FSN
No. 8 Bethune-Cookman* W 88–58  9–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
December 18, 2005
1:00 PM, SUN
No. 6 Jacksonville* W 101–58  10–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
December 22, 2005
7:00 PM, FSN
No. 5 at Miami* W 77–67  11–0
BankUnited Center 
Coral Gables, FL
December 30, 2005
1:00 PM, SUN
No. 5 Florida A&M* W 84–47  12–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
January 3, 2006
6:00 PM
No. 5 Morgan State* W 92–49  13–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
January 7, 2006
12:00 PM, JP
No. 5 at Georgia W 90–72  14–0 (1–0)
Stegeman Coliseum 
Athens, GA
January 11, 2006
7:00 PM
No. 2 Mississippi State W 75–60  15–0 (2–0)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
January 14, 2006
6:00 PM, FSN
No. 2 Auburn W 69–57  16–0 (3–0)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
January 18, 2006
7:00 PM
No. 2 Savannah State* W 113–62  17–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
January 21, 2006
7:00 PM, FSN
No. 2 at Tennessee L 76–80  17–1 (3–1)
Thompson-Boling Arena 
Knoxville, TN
January 25, 2006
8:00 PM, JP
No. 4 at South Carolina L 62–68  17–2 (3–2)
Colonial Center 
Columbia, SC
January 28, 2006
1:00 PM, JP
No. 4 Vanderbilt W 81–58  18–2 (4–2)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
January 31, 2006
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 7 at Ole Miss W 69–58  19–2 (5–2)
Tad Smith Coliseum 
Oxford, MS
February 4, 2006
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 7 Kentucky W 95–80  20–2 (6–2)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
February 8, 2006
7:00 PM, SUN
No. 6 South Carolina L 67–71  20–3 (6–3)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
February 11, 2006
1:00 PM, JP
No. 6 LSU W 71–62  21–3 (7–3)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
February 15, 2006
8:00 PM, SUN
No. 7 at Vanderbilt W 73–68  22–3 (8–3)
Memorial Gymnasium 
Nashville, TN
February 18, 2006
2:00 PM, JP
No. 7 at Arkansas L 81–85  22–4 (8–4)
Bud Walton Arena 
Fayetteville, AR
February 22, 2006
8:00 PM, JP
No. 9 No. 11 Tennessee L 72–76  22–5 (8–5)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
February 26, 2006
4:00 PM, CBS
No. 9 at Alabama L 77–82  22–6 (8–6)
Coleman Coliseum 
Tuscaloosa, AL
March 1, 2006
7:00 PM, FSN
No. 14 Georgia W 77–66  23–6 (9–6)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
March 6, 2006
7:00 PM, CBS
No. 14 at Kentucky W 79–64  24–6 (10–6)
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, KY
SEC Tournament
March 10, 2006
9:45 PM, JP
No. 10 vs. Arkansas
SEC Championship round 2
W 74–71  25–6
Gaylord Entertainment Center 
Nashville, TN
March 11, 2006
3:15 PM, JP
No. 10 vs. LSU
SEC Championship round 3
W 81–65  26–6
Gaylord Entertainment Center 
Nashville, TN
March 12, 2006
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 10 vs. South Carolina
SEC Championship game
W 49–47  27–6
Gaylord Entertainment Center 
Nashville, TN
NCAA Division I Tournament
March 16, 2006
2:45 PM, CBS
No. 10 (3) vs. No. 14 South Alabama
First round
W 76–50  28–6
Veterans Memorial Arena 
Jacksonville, FL
March 18, 2006
3:20 PM, CBS
No. 10 (3) vs. No. 11 UW-Milwaukee
Second round
W 82–60  29–6
Veterans Memorial Arena 
Jacksonville, FL
March 24, 2006
9:40 PM, CBS
No. 10 (3) vs. No. 7 Georgetown
Sweet Sixteen
W 57–53  30–6
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 
Minneapolis, MN
March 26, 2006
5:05 PM, CBS
No. 10 (3) vs. No. 1 Villanova
Elite Eight
W 75–62  31–6
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 
Minneapolis, MN
April 1, 2006
6:05 PM, CBS
No. 10 (3) vs. No. 11 George Mason
Final Four
W 73–58  32–6
RCA Dome 
Indianapolis, IN
April 3, 2006
9:21 PM, CBS
No. 10 (3) vs. No. 2 UCLA
National Championship Game
W 73–57  33–6
RCA Dome 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Accomplishments[edit]

First National Championship in school history.

References[edit]