Found January 24, 2013 on
It’s unusual for a team to win the NCAA Basketball national championship and follow it up the next season by missing out on the Big Dance, but it does happen. Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators won back-to-back national titles in 2006 and ’07 behind future NBA first-round picks Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer. In 2007-08, Donovan had to replace those three and the Gators slipped to a 21-11 regular-season record and settled for the NIT. In the 2008-09 season, North Carolina was penciled in as the team to beat to start the year, and the Heels didn’t disappoint. UNC won every game in the NCAA Tournament by double digits for the school’s fifth national title. Carolina had a +121 point differential in the tournament, No. 2 all-time to Kentucky’s +129 in 1996. Roy Williams lost the likes of Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington off that team. It showed the next season as the young Heels finished 16-16 in the regular season (5-11 in the ACC) and also went to the NIT. Last se...

Florida on path to be best in SEC

They looked like what they are: the best team in the SEC. When Florida demolished Georgia 64-47 at Stegeman Coliseum Wednesday night, the Gators put an emphatic exclamation point on a season that has seen only two losses and 15 wins. Billy Donovan's guys moved to 5-0 in the conference and looked almost unstoppable. In a seven-day stretch, they swept Georgia for the year and...

Wilbekin breaking out in junior year

Florida head coach Billy Donovan has been around a lot of good perimeter defenders in his time at Florida. He’s not shy about putting junior guard Scottie Wilbekin among the best. Donovan has raved about Corey Brewer and Justin Hamilton playing defense in the past, but Wilbekin has turned into his new stopper. His on-ball defense has sparked one of the nation’s best defenses this year.
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