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2013–14 Florida Gators men's basketball team

The 2013–14 Florida Gators men's basketball team represented the University of Florida in the sport of basketball during the 2013–14 college basketball season. The Gators competed in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and 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.

2013–14 Florida Gators men's basketball
Florida Gators wordmark.svg
NCAA Tournament, Final Four
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 1
2013–14 record36–3 (18–0 SEC)
Head coachBilly Donovan (18th season)
Assistant coachRashon Burno
Assistant coachMatt McCall
Assistant coachJohn Pelphrey
Home stadiumO'Connell Center
Seasons
2013–14 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Florida 18 0   1.000     36 3   .923
Kentucky 12 6   .667     29 11   .725
Georgia 12 6   .667     20 14   .588
Tennessee 11 7   .611     24 13   .649
Arkansas 10 8   .556     22 12   .647
Missouri 9 9   .500     23 12   .657
LSU 9 9   .500     20 14   .588
Ole Miss 9 9   .500     19 14   .576
Texas A&M 8 10   .444     18 16   .529
Vanderbilt 7 11   .389     15 16   .484
Alabama 7 11   .389     13 19   .406
Auburn 6 12   .333     14 16   .467
South Carolina 5 13   .278     14 20   .412
Mississippi State 3 15   .167     14 19   .424
2014 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The Gators finished the SEC regular season with an 18–0 record in conference play, the first SEC team to ever accomplish the feat, after the SEC re-expanded to an 18-game regular season schedule prior to the 2012–13 season.[2] In doing so, the Gators won their seventh SEC regular season championship, and their third in four seasons. The Gators beat the Kentucky Wildcats 61–60 to claim the fourth SEC Tournament championship title.

By claiming the SEC Tournament, the Gators earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, and were selected as the #1 overall seed, and were placed in the South Regional. The Gators defeated all of their first four opponents by at least 10 points and advanced to the Final Four as the only #1 seed remaining. At that point, the Gators had a school record winning streak of 30 wins, dating back to Dec. 2, 2013, where the Gators lost in a tight game at UConn 64–65. The Gators' semifinal opponent was a rematch against UConn, who had won the East Regional. The Gators got off to a quick start; however, the Huskies were able to catch up and led at halftime. In the second half, the Gators fell farther behind, giving up numerous turnovers, and missing numerous field goals. The Gators eventually suffered only their third (and worst) loss of the season to eventual national champion UConn once again, 63–53, and ended the heavily-favored Gators' hopes at earning a third national championship.[3][4]

RosterEdit

2013–14 Florida Gators men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 1 Eli Carter   6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Paterson, New Jersey
G 42 Billy Donovan Jr. (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Jr Gainesville, Florida
G 11 Lexx Edwards (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS So Orlando, Florida
F 10 Dorian Finney-Smith 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 212 lb (96 kg) RS So Portsmouth, Virginia
G 20 Michael Frazier II 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 199 lb (90 kg) So Tampa, Florida
G 12 Dillon Graham   6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 186 lb (84 kg) So Orlando, Florida
G 0 Kasey Hill 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Fr Eustis, Florida
G/F 30 Jacob Kurtz (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Oviedo, Florida
SF 12 Alex Murphy   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Wakefield, Rhode Island
C 21 Zachary Pindar (W) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 236 lb (107 kg) RS Fr Stony Point, New York
G/F 24 Casey Prather 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Sr Jackson, Tennessee
F 23 Chris Walker 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Bonifay, Florida
G/F 17 Joshua Wuschington 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Fr New York City, New York
G 5 Scottie Wilbekin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 176 lb (80 kg) Sr Gainesville, Florida
F 15 Will Yeguete 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Sr Bordeaux, France
C 4 Patric Young 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Jacksonville, Florida
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Rashon Burno (2nd year)
  • Matt McCall (3rd year)
  • John Pelphrey (3rd year)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: January 27, 2014

NOTES
  • Prior to the season, sophomore guard Braxton Ogbueze transferred to Charlotte.[5]

CoachesEdit

Name Position College Graduating year
Billy Donovan Head Coach Providence College 1987
Matt McCall Associate Head Coach University of Florida 2005
John Pelphrey Assistant Coach University of Kentucky 1992
Rashon Burno Assistant Coach DePaul University 2002
Darren Hertz Assistant to the Head Coach University of Florida 1997
Oliver Winterbone Video Coordinator Rutgers University 2005
Preston Greene Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Clemson University 1999
Dave Werner Athletic Trainer Eastern Kentucky University 1991
Tom Williams Academic Counselor University of Florida 1978

Team statisticsEdit

As of April 5, 2014.
     Indicates team leader in specific category. (FG% leader = minimum 100 att.; 3P% leader = minimum 20 att.; FT% leader = minimum 50 att.)
Retrieved from Gatorzone.com

Name PTS PPG FG % 3P % FT % AST REB BLK STL
Billy Donovan Jr. 4 0.3 .000 .000 1.000 3 4 0 2
Lexx Edwards 0 0.0 .000 0 3 0 0
Dorian Finney-Smith 323 8.7 .370 .293 .643 76 247 16 16
Michael Frazier II 482 12.4 .461 .447 .842 43 137 7 43
Kasey Hill 176 5.5 .407 .143 .663 100 63 5 37
Jacob Kurtz 42 1.6 .630 .500 7 38 1 6
Casey Prather 511 13.8 .603 .400 .679 60 184 20 37
Chris Walker 34 1.9 .593 .286 1 24 8 2
DeVon Walker 85 2.4 .309 .302 .667 19 43 13 13
Scottie Wilbekin 447 13.1 .402 .390 .725 123 83 0 56
Will Yeguete 191 4.9 .436 .190 .663 45 201 7 37
Patric Young 429 11.0 .541 .596 30 240 41 25
Team 2727 69.9 .460 .359 .668 509 1385 118 274

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov. 1, 2013*
7:00 p.m., GatorVision
No. 10 Florida Southern W 110–88 
O'Connell Center (7,523)
Gainesville, FL
Regular season (non-conference play)
Nov. 8, 2013*
3:00 p.m., Sun
No. 10 North Florida
Global Sports Challenge
W 77–69  1–0
O'Connell Center (10,550)
Gainesville, FL
Nov. 12, 2013*
9:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 11 at No. 20 Wisconsin L 53–59  1–1
Kohl Center (17,249)
Madison, WI
Nov. 16, 2013*
4:30 p.m., Sun
No. 11 Arkansas–Little Rock
Global Sports Challenge
W 86–56  2–1
O'Connell Center (8,843)
Gainesville, FL
Nov. 18, 2013*
7:00 p.m., Sun
No. 16 Southern
Global Sports Challenge
W 67–53  3–1
O'Connell Center (8,002)
Gainesville, FL
Nov. 21, 2013*
7:30 p.m., Sun
No. 16 Middle Tennessee
Global Sports Challenge
W 79–59  4–1
O'Connell Center (9,020)
Gainesville, FL
Nov. 25, 2013*
7:00 p.m., FSFL
No. 15 at Jacksonville W 86–60  5–1
Veterans Memorial Arena (5,625)
Jacksonville, FL
Nov. 29, 2013*
7:30 p.m., ESPN2
No. 15 Florida State W 67–66  6–1
O'Connell Center (12,306)
Gainesville, FL
Dec. 2, 2013*
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 15 at No. 12 UConn L 64–65  6–2
Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
Dec. 10, 2013*
7:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 19 No. 13 Kansas
Big 12/SEC Challenge
W 67–61  7–2
O'Connell Center (12,423)
Gainesville, FL
Dec. 17, 2013*
9:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 16 vs. No. 14 Memphis
Jimmy V Classic
W 77–75  8–2
Madison Square Garden (8,062)
New York, NY
Dec. 21, 2013*
4:30 p.m., Sun/FSN
No. 16 vs. Fresno State
Orange Bowl Classic
W 66–49  9–2
BB&T Center (11,214)
Sunrise, FL
Dec. 29, 2013*
3:00 p.m., Sun/FSN
No. 13 Savannah State W 76–34  10–2
O'Connell Center (10,508)
Gainesville, FL
Jan. 4, 2014*
3:00 p.m., CSS
No. 12 Richmond W 67–58  11–2
O'Connell Center (12,012)
Gainesville, FL
Regular season (SEC conference play)
Jan. 8, 2014
7:00 p.m., CSS
No. 10 South Carolina W 74–58  12–2 (1–0)
O'Connell Center (12,147)
Gainesville, FL
Jan. 11, 2014
1:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 10 at Arkansas W 84–82 OT 13–2 (2–0)
Bud Walton Arena (18,040)
Fayetteville, AR
Jan. 14, 2014
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 7 Georgia W 72–50  14–2 (3–0)
O'Connell Center (12,051)
Gainesville, FL
Jan. 18, 2014
4:00 p.m., SEC TV
No. 7 at Auburn W 68–61  15–2 (4–0)
Auburn Arena (8,683)
Auburn, AL
Jan. 23, 2014
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 6 at Alabama W 68–62  16–2 (5–0)
Coleman Coliseum (11,892)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Jan. 25, 2014
4:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 6 Tennessee W 67–41  17–2 (6–0)
O'Connell Center (12,475)
Gainesville, FL
Jan. 30, 2014
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 3 at Mississippi State W 62–51  18–2 (7–0)
Humphrey Coliseum (7,989)
Starkville, MS
Feb. 1, 2014
4:00 p.m., SEC TV
No. 3 Texas A&M W 69–36  19–2 (8–0)
O'Connell Center (12,426)
Gainesville, FL
Feb. 4, 2014
9:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 Missouri W 68–58  20–2 (9–0)
O'Connell Center (12,123)
Gainesville, FL
Feb. 8, 2014
12:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 Alabama W 78–69  21–2 (10–0)
O'Connell Center (12,520)
Gainesville, FL
Feb. 11, 2014
7:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 at Tennessee W 67–58  22–2 (11–0)
Thompson–Boling Arena (18,009)
Knoxville, TN
Feb. 15, 2014
9:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 at No. 14 Kentucky
College GameDay
W 69–59  23–2 (12–0)
Rupp Arena (24,425)
Lexington, KY
Feb. 19, 2014
7:00 p.m., FSN
No. 2 Auburn W 71–66  24–2 (13–0)
O'Connell Center (12,414)
Gainesville, FL
Feb. 22, 2014
12:00 p.m., CBS
No. 2 at Ole Miss W 75–71  25–2 (14–0)
Tad Smith Coliseum (8,140)
Oxford, MS
Feb. 25, 2014
7:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 1 at Vanderbilt W 57–54  26–2 (15–0)
Memorial Gymnasium (11,154)
Nashville, TN
Mar. 1, 2014
4:00 p.m., CBS
No. 1 LSU W 79–61  27–2 (16–0)
O'Connell Center (12,589)
Gainesville, FL
Mar. 4, 2014
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 1 at South Carolina W 72–46  28–2 (17–0)
Colonial Life Arena (12,781)
Columbia, SC
Mar. 8, 2014
12:00 p.m., CBS
No. 1 No. 25 Kentucky W 84–65  29–2 (18–0)
O'Connell Center (12,604)
Gainesville, FL
SEC Tournament
Mar. 14, 2014
1:00 p.m., ESPNU
(1) No. 1 vs. (8) Missouri
Quarterfinals
W 72–49  30–2
Georgia Dome (15,273)
Atlanta, GA
Mar. 15, 2014
1:00 p.m., ABC
(1) No. 1 vs. (4) Tennessee
Semifinals
W 56–49  31–2
Georgia Dome (20,330)
Atlanta, GA
Mar. 16, 2014
3:15 p.m., ESPN
(1) No. 1 vs. (2) Kentucky
Championship game
W 61–60  32–2
Georgia Dome (21,021)
Atlanta, GA
NCAA Tournament
Mar. 20, 2014
4:10 p.m., TBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (16 S) Albany
Second round
W 67–55  33–2
Amway Center (16,074)
Orlando, FL
Mar. 22, 2014
12:15 p.m., CBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (9 S) Pittsburgh
Third round
W 61–45  34–2
Amway Center (18,512)
Orlando, FL
Mar. 27, 2014
9:45 p.m., CBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (4 S) No. 20 UCLA
Sweet Sixteen
W 79–68  35–2
FedExForum (14,991)
Memphis, TN
Mar. 29, 2014
6:09 p.m., TBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (11 S) Dayton
Elite Eight
W 62–52  36–2
FedExForum (15,433)
Memphis, TN
Apr. 5, 2014
6:09 p.m., TBS
(1 S) No. 1 vs. (7 E) No. 18 UConn
Final Four
L 53–63  36–3
AT&T Stadium (79,444)
Arlington, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Source:[6]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes.
Poll Preseason Wk 2
Nov. 11
Wk 3
Nov. 18
Wk 4
Nov. 25
Wk 5
Dec. 2
Wk 6
Dec. 9
Wk 7
Dec. 16
Wk 8
Dec. 23
Wk 9
Dec. 30
Wk 10
Jan. 6
Wk 11
Jan. 13
Wk 12
Jan. 20
Wk 13
Jan. 27
Wk 14
Feb. 3
Wk 15
Feb. 10
Wk 16
Feb. 17
Wk 17
Feb. 24
Wk 18
Mar. 3
Wk 19
Mar. 10
Wk 20
Mar. 17
Final
AP 10 11 16 15 15 19 16 13 12 10 7 6 3 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 N/A
Coaches 8 10 14 13 12 19 17 14 13 11 7 6 4 4 4 2 1 1 1 1 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Link to AP Poll
  2. ^ Spousta, Tom (March 8, 2014). "Gators Overwhelm Wildcats to Cap SEC's First 18-0 Season". nytimes.com. New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "DeAndre Daniels sparks UConn to upset of Florida, title game trip". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 5, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  4. ^ Box Score, ESPN.com.
  5. ^ "Florida PG Braxton Ogbueze transfers to Charlotte". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  6. ^ Link to Schedule Archived 2013-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, Official Florida Gators basketball schedule.

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