2007–08 Florida Gators men's basketball team

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2007–08 Florida Gators men's basketball
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division East
2007–08 record 24–12 (8–8 SEC)
Head coach Billy Donovan
Assistant coach Larry Shyatt
Lewis Preston
Rob Lanier
Home arena O'Connell Center
Seasons
2007–08 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
#5 Tennessee 14 2   .875     31 5   .861
Kentucky 12 4   .750     18 13   .581
#19 Vanderbilt 10 6   .625     26 8   .765
Florida 8 8   .500     24 12   .667
South Carolina 5 11   .313     14 18   .438
Georgia 4 12   .250     17 17   .500
West
Mississippi State 12 4   .750     23 11   .676
Arkansas 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Ole Miss 7 9   .438     24 11   .686
LSU 6 10   .375     13 18   .419
Alabama 5 11   .313     17 16   .515
Auburn 4 12   .250     14 16   .467
SEC Tournament winner
As of April 7, 2008; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007–08 Florida Gators men's basketball team represented the University of Florida in the sport of basketball during the 2007–08 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 rebuild after their 2006–07 season, when they won their second consecutive NCAA national championship. However, none of the starters returned from their 2006–07 season.

Class of 2007[edit]

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Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Adam Allen
SG
Milton, Florida Milton HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jun 5, 2006 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Nick Calathes
PG
Winter Park, Florida Lake Howell HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Apr 28, 2005 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Jai Lucas
PG
Bellaire, Texas Bellaire HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 145 lb (66 kg) May 14, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Chandler Parsons
SF
Winter Park, Florida Lake Howell HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Aug 26, 2006 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Alex Tyus
PF
Cincinnati, Ohio Harmony Christian HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jul 11, 2006 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Overall Recruiting Rankings:'     Scout 3     Rivals 1 [4]     ESPN – ' 

Roster[edit]

Name Number Position Height Weight Class Hometown
Adam Allen 14 F 6–8 206 Freshman Milton, Florida
Nick Calathes 33 G/F 6–6 185 Freshman Winter Park, Florida
Hudson Fricke 40 G 6–1 185 Freshman Greenville, South Carolina
Walter Hodge 15 G 6–0 170 Junior Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Jai Lucas 5 G 5–11 150 Freshman Houston, Texas
Jonathan Mitchell 0 F 6–7 243 Sophomore Mount Vernon, New York
Chandler Parsons 25 F 6–9 200 Freshman Winter Park, Florida
Shane Payne 4 G/F 6–5 180 Freshman Weston, Florida
Marreese Speights 34 F/C 6–10 250 Sophomore St. Petersburg, Florida
Alex Tyus 23 F 6–8 203 Freshman St. Louis, Missouri
Michael Weisenberg 22 F 6–7 190 Junior Long Beach, New York
Dan Werner 21 F 6–7 235 Sophomore 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
Lewis Preston Assistant Coach Virginia Military Institute 1993
Rob Lanier Assistant Coach St. Bonaventure University 1990
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
Tom Williams Academic Counselor

2007–2008 schedule and results[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Exhibition
November 1, 2007*
8:00 PM
Flagler W 97–51 
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
November 5, 2007*
7:00 PM
Lynn W 101–65 
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
Regular season (Non-conference play)
November 9, 2007*
8:00 PM, FSN
North Dakota State W 75–65  1–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
November 11, 2007*
3:00 PM, SUN
Tennessee Tech W 93–65  2–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
November 14, 2007*
7:00 PM, FSN
North Carolina Central W 105–51  3–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
November 17, 2007*
7:00 PM, FSN
Rutgers W 88–63  4–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
November 20, 2007*
8:00 PM, SUN
No. 24 North Florida W 102–51  5–0
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
November 23, 2007*
8:00 PM, FSN
No. 24 Florida State L 51–65  5–1
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
November 27, 2007*
7:00 PM, FSN
Stetson W 71–48  6–1
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
November 30, 2007*
7:30 PM, FSN
vs. Vermont W 86–61  7–1
St. Pete Times Forum 
St. Petersburg, FL
December 3, 2007*
7:00 PM, FSN
Jacksonville W 88–72  8–1
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
December 5, 2007*
7:00 PM, SUN
Florida A&M W 91–52  9–1
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
December 15, 2007*
3:00 PM, SUN
vs. Georgia Southern W 52–49  10–1
Veterans Memorial Arena 
Jacksonville, FL
December 19, 2007*
7:00 PM, FSN
Charleston Southern W 89–64  11–1
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
December 22, 2007*
4:00 PM, CBS
at Ohio State L 49–62  11–2
Jerome Schottenstein Center 
Columbus, OH
December 29, 2007*
6:30 PM, FSN
vs. Temple W 86–69  12–2
BankAtlantic Center 
Sunrise, FL
January 2, 2008*
8:00 PM, FSN
High Point W 88–70  13–2
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
Regular season (SEC conference play)
January 8, 2008
9:00 PM, ESPN
at Alabama W 90–83  14–2 (1–0)
Coleman Coliseum 
Tuscaloosa, AL
January 12, 2008
12:00 PM, Raycom
Auburn W 72–56  15–2 (2–0)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
January 16, 2008
8:00 PM, Raycom
at No. 15 Ole Miss L 87–89  15–3 (2–1)
Tad Smith Coliseum 
Oxford, MS
January 19, 2008
9:00 PM, ESPN
Kentucky W 81–70 OT 16–3 (3–1)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
January 23, 2008
8:00 PM, Raycom
at South Carolina W 73–71  17–3 (4–1)
Colonial Center 
Columbia, SC
January 27, 2008
1:00 PM, Raycom
No. 13 Vanderbilt W 86–64  18–3 (5–1)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
February 2, 2008
3:00 PM, Raycom
No. 19 at Arkansas L 61–80  18–4 (5–2)
Bud Walton Arena 
Fayetteville, AR
February 5, 2008
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 22 at No. 7 Tennessee L 82–104  18–5 (5–3)
Thompson-Boling Arena 
Knoxville, TN
February 9, 2008
3:00 PM, Raycom
No. 22 Georgia W 77–67  19–5 (6–3)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
February 13, 2008
8:00 PM, Raycom
LSU L 73–85  19–6 (6–4)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
February 16, 2008
3:00 PM, Raycom
at No. 19 Vanderbilt L 58–61  19–7 (6–5)
Memorial Gymnasium 
Nashville, TN
February 20, 2008
8:00 PM, Raycom
South Carolina W 85–82  20–7 (7–5)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
February 27, 2008
7:30 PM, SUN
at Georgia W 77–64  21–7 (8–5)
Stegeman Coliseum 
Athens, GA
March 1, 2008
4:00 PM, CBS
Mississippi State L 59–68  21–8 (8–6)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
March 5, 2008
9:00 PM, Raycom
No. 4 Tennessee L 86–89  21–9 (8–7)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
March 9, 2008
12:00 PM, CBS
at Kentucky L 70–75  21–10 (8–8)
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, KY
SEC Tournament
March 13, 2008
7:30 PM, Raycom
vs. Alabama
SEC Tournament First Round
L 69–80  21–11
Georgia Dome 
Atlanta, GA
National Invitation Tournament
March 19, 2008
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 No. 7 San Diego St
NIT First Round
W 73–49  22–11
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
March 21, 2008
9:30 PM, ESPNU
No. 2 No. 3 Creighton
NIT Second Round
W 82–54  23–11
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
March 25, 2008
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 2 at No. 1 Arizona State
NIT Quarterfinal
W 70–57  24–11
Wells Fargo Arena 
Tempe, AZ
April 1, 2008
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 vs. No. 2 Massachusetts
NIT Semifinal
L 66–78  24–12
Madison Square Garden 
New York City, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.


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