Florida Gators

Florida Gators 2021: News, Schedule, Roster, Scores, Injury Report

The Florida Gators compete in NCAA Men's Basketball as a part of the Southeastern Conference. Some notable opponent teams from the conference are Kentucky, Auburn, and LSU. They were founded in 1915.

They were named the Alligators by Austin Miller, a lawyer, back in the 1900s. He and his father were ordering pennants and banners for the University of Florida, but realized they had no emblem. So he suggested alligators, since they are native to Florida and no other college had the same name. Since then, alligators, later shortened to Gators, has carried on as the name.

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The first logo of the Florida Gators was launched back in 1966, and it was just a simple letter F.  The current logo is a fierce-looking alligator, which was introduced in 2013.

History

Founded1915
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Athletic DirectorScott Stricklin
Head CoachMike White
Arena

Stephen C. O'Connell Center

Championships (2)2006, 2007
Conference Tournament Titles (4)2005, 2006, 2007, 2014
Conference Regular Season Titles (7)1989, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014
Websitehttps://floridagators.com/sports/mens-basketball

Who is the Coach of the Gators?

The current coach of the Florida Gators is Mike White. The 43-year-old was appointed in 2015 after a successful tenure at Louisiana Tech.

When White arrived, he had to fill the huge void left by former coach Billy Donovan. In just his second season, he guided the team to an impressive 27-win season, including a 2nd seed in the NCAA tournament. He was named as the SEC Coach of the Year in 2017 for that accomplishment.

Who is the Athletic Director of the Gators?

The current athletic director of the Gators is Scott Stricklin. He joined in 2016, after spending six years as the AD at Mississippi State.

In just a short span, he has already been a huge influence. In September, the Sports Business Journal named Stricklin, the 2020 Athletic Director of the Year. He had received a similar honor back in 2016 for his work with Mississippi State.

Achievements and Championships

Despite being founded in 1915, the time the Gators tasted a title victory was when they won the SEC Regular Season Conference in 1989 under Norm Sloan.

They became a consistent performer after Billy Donovan was appointed as the head coach in 1996. He is the most successful coach in Gators history and has also led them to back-to-back titles.

Under Donovan, they qualified for the NCAA tournament 14 out of 19 times and made the Final Four four times.

They have won two NCAA Division 1 titles so far, with victories coming in 2006 and 2007.

Greatest NBA Players

The Gators have produced many quality players who have been a force in the NBA. The best NBA player to have featured for the Gators is Joakim Noah. During his three years at Florida, he led them to two titles and was named as the Most Outstanding Player following their 2006 victory.

Multiple NBA champions like David Lee, Mike Miller, and Vernon Maxwell have come through the Gators. Bradley Beal, Al Horford, and Udonis Haslem are some former Gators who are currently playing in the league.

Mascot and Uniform

The mascot of the Florida Gators is Albert the Alligator. The first-ever mascot was a live alligator who was then replaced by a costumed mascot in 1970. He dons an orange t-shirt with the classic UF logo and also dons a UF cap. He draws his inspiration from Godzilla, that gator from Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, and WWE wrestler Titus O'Neil.

Albert got a sidekick in 1986 called Alberta, who accompanies him to all home games for the Gators. Alberta is inspired by Beyonce and dreams to perform beside her.

The team colors for the Florida Gators are blue and orange.

Current Roster

The Gators roster for the 2020-21 season has 14 players.

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PositionJerseyNumberNameHeightWeight
G0Ques Glover5-11182
G1Tre Mann6-5190
F2Samson Ruzhentsev6-7192
G3Alex Klatsky6-4185
F4Anthony Duruji6-7220
F5Omar Payne6-10230
G10Noah Locke6-3203
F11Keyontae Johnson6-5229
F12Colin Castleton6-11231
F15Osayi Osifo6-7225
G20Jack May6-4175
G22Tyree Appleby6-1170
G23Scottie Lewis6-5189
C33Jason Jitoboh6-11285
G44Niels Lane6-5206

Schedule

The Gators begin their 2020-21 season campaign with a game against UMass Lowell on November 25. They have 27 games in their season, and they end their regular season with a home game against Missouri, on March 3, 2021.

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The full schedule is available on the college website.