When Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Corey Brewer and Taurean Green announced they would all be returning for their junior seasons at Florida all of college basketball knew it was in big trouble. The champs were back!
Billy Donovan's biggest challenge was to keep the #1 Gators focused at the task at hand. They were up for the challenge. Florida won both the SEC regular season championship and SEC Tournament championship on their way to the #1 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament.
In '06 the Gators romped through the tournament enroute to the National Championship. The road to the '07 crown promised to be a tougher journey. After beating a tough Purdue team in the Round of 32, Florida's next four opponents were all ranked in the Top 25 coming into the tournament.
First up was #21 Butler, 65-57. Next was #10 Oregon for a trip to the Final 4, 85-77. A rematch against #7 UCLA, 76-66. And finally, a win against #1 Ohio State, 84-75.
The win against Ohio State gave Florida their 2nd consecutive National Championship, becoming the first team since Duke in '91 and '92 to go Back to Back cementing their place in college basketball lore.
"I think I was fortunate enough to coach a group of guys that has to go down in history as one of the greatest teams of all time."
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