The No. 1 Florida Gators (29-2, 18-0 SEC) left the Stephen C. O’Connell Center having completed the greatest regular season in school history and with the most accomplished senior class in the history of the program.
Head coach Billy Donovan spoke the media after his team’s 84-65 victory over the No. 25 Kentucky Wildcats (22-9, 12-6 SEC).
”THE GREATEST REGULAR SEASON I’VE EVER BEEN A PART OF”
Donovan began his post-game press conference by stating matter-of-factly how proud he is of the Gators and the way they performed all season long despite being met with plenty of adversity along the way.
“I think the first thing is, for me as a coach, it’s the greatest regular season I’ve ever been a part of,” he said. “What these guys have done, going all the way back to the second game of the year at Wisconsin with obviously a depleted roster and then going to UConn and losing both point guards in that game and having to play a lot of our non-conference schedule somewhat banged up, guys not there. And then obviously having to battle through some injuries throughout league play.
“But their consistency and the way these guys have performed, to win 18 games in a row in this league, it’s never happened before. … These guys have done a remarkable job. And certainly happy for our four seniors, the way it ended for them and obviously the way they played. Just the regular season has been great. Hopefully we can decompress a little bit, get a little time here and get ready for the next step in Atlanta.”
With that, Donovan also expressed that he also could not be “any prouder of a team striving to be better and better each day.” However, he did note that he has mixed emotions about the concept of Senior Day and how it can impact a team heading into an important game like UF’s on Saturday.