No. 9/11 Florida Gators basketball (24-5, 14-3 SEC) captured the fourth outright regular-season Southeastern Conference title in school history on Wednesday during Senior Night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Florida also finished undefeated (15-0) at home for just the second time in program history and locked up the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming 2013 SEC Tournament.
Check out the videos below, courtesy of GatorVision.tv and the Gainesville Television Network‘s Julie Quittner, to see what you otherwise have not seen unless you were in attendance at the game – the Senior Night ceremony, Gators cutting down the nets and post-game celebration. Continue reading for the rest of what head coach Billy Donovan and the seniors had to say about the victory and Senior Night festivities.
» Donovan on the impact of winning the SEC regular season title: “I was happy our guys could do that. … Because of unbalanced schedules now, because of all the conference expansion, because of the attention on March Madness and Selection Sunday, a lot of people don’t necessarily pay attention to conference championships or view them as a great accomplishment. For the people that go through the grind of a nine-week schedule with no time off and having to come every day to practice, prepare for every game, deal with the ups and downs, highs and lows, injuries, setbacks, guys getting healthy, guys coming back, it’s an incredible and a terrific accomplishment for our team considering the things that we’ve had to overcome.
“I was very happy they could celebrate that and they could share in it together. To be able to do it on our home court for Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario – a lot of times on Senior Night it doesn’t quite get the chance to end like that for you. You go undefeated at home your senior year, you clinch a conference championship outright, and you walk off the court with an opportunity to cut down nets. I was very happy for those three guys.”
Read the rest of what Donovan and the seniors had to say…after the break!
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