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Wednesday March 12, 2014 Charting the Gators: Florida's history in SEC Tournament

Updated: 10:45am, March 12

Walsh, Roberson GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Southeastern Conference throws up the tournament opening tipoff Wednesday night, but the top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Florida Gators won’t even board their chartered flight to Atlanta until Thursday evening after practice.

One of the spoils of an undefeated league season.

UF (29-2), along with 2-seed Kentucky (22-9), 3-seed Georgia (18-12) and 4-seed Tennessee (20-11) will sit out the first two days and fold into the tournament fray for the Friday quarterfinal-round games, with the Gators taking on the winner of Thursday’s matchup between 8-seed Missouri (21-10) and 9-seed Texas A&M (17-14).

Some SEC Tournament history: The event was played from 1933 to 1952, then was disbanded for 27 years before starting up again in 1979. Kentucky, of course, has dominated the tournament, with its 27 all-time titles more than the rest of the league’s teams combined.

Florida’s three-year rampage through of 2005, ’06 and ’07 are the school’s only SEC Tournament championships -- that's MVP Matt Walsh (on the left) and Anthony Roberson (pictured right) -- though the Gators have played for the title six other times, including a loss to Ole Miss in the 2013 finals at Nashville.

UF is 23-14 in 17 league tournaments under Coach Billy Donovan.

Here’s a primer with some historical data of the Gators in the SEC Tournament


ALL-TIME STANDINGS
School (tourneys)              Won    Lost    Pct.    Semis     Finals    Titles     Last title
Kentucky (52)                       119       24     .832       38           36          27          2012
Alabama (54)                         61       47     .563       24           13            6          1991
Tennessee (53)                     61       49     .555       22           10            4          1979
Missouri (1)                               1         1     .500         0             0            0           --
Texas A&M (1)                          1         1     .500         0             0            0           --
Arkansas (22)                        22       20     .488       12             5            1           2000
LSU (54)                                 45       53     .459       24             5            1           1980
Florida (48)                            38       45     .459       15             9            3           2007
Georgia (53)                          40        51    .440       12             6             2          2008
Vanderbilt (53)                      37       50     .425       13             2             2          1951
South Carolina (22)             16       22     .421         6             2             0            --
Ole Miss (51)                         29       49     .372       11             5             2          2013
Mississippi State (53)           28       50     .359       12             6             3          2009
Auburn (51)                            27       50     .351       11             3             1         1985

Former members
Georgia Tech (19)                14       18     .438         8               2             1         1938
Tulane (16)                            12        16    .429          5              3              0           --
Sewanee (2)                            0          2    .000          0              0              0            --



FLORIDA’S SEC TOURNAMENT RECORD HOLDERS

Points
DametriGame: 35 - Anthony Roberson vs. Vanderbilt (2004)
Tournament: 70 - Livingston Chatman (3 games in 1989)
Career: 153 - Dametri Hill (pictured right) in 11 games from 1993-96)

Rebounds
Game: 17 - David Lee vs. Kentucky (2005)
Tournament: 37 - Dwayne Schnitzius (3 games in 1989)
Career: 68 - Al Horford in 9 games from 2005-07; Dametri Hill in 11 games from ’93-96

Field goals
Game: 13 - Kenyan Weaks (pictured middle right with Donovan) vs Auburn (1998)
Tournament: 27 - Livingston Chatman in 3 games in 1989
Career: 60 - Dametri Hill in 11 games from 1993-96

Weaks Field-goal percentage (minimum 5 attempts)
Game: 1.000 - Udonis Haslem (7-7 vs Auburn in 2002); Greg Williams (5-5 vs Miss State in 1995)
Tournament: .846 - Mark Giombetti (11 of 13 in 2 games in 1981)
Career: .639 - Jason Anderson (23-36 in 78 games from 1993-96); Dwayne Davis (23-36 in 6 games from 1988-91)

3-pointers made
Game: 8 - *Greg Stolt (pictured lower right) vs LSU (1999) 
Tournament: 14 - Anthony Roberson (3 games in 2004)
Career: 24 - Kenny Boynton in 10 games from 2010-13

StoltAssists
Game: 8 - Eddie Shannon, twice (vs Auburn in 1998; vs LSU in 1999)
Tournament: 14 - David Lee (3 games in 2004)
Career: 31 - Kenny Boynton in 10 games from 2010-13; Eddie Shannon in 7 games 1996-99

Steals
Game: 6 - Taurean Green (vs LSU in 2006)
Tournament: 8 - Taurean Green (3 games in 2006)
Career: 15 - Andrew DeClercq in 8 games from 1992-95

Blocked shots
Game: 7 - Dwayne Schnitzius (vs Georgia in 1989)
Tournament: 18 - Dwayne Schnitzius in 3 games in 1989
Career: 23 - Dwayne Schnitzius in 6 games from 1987-89

* Denotes SEC Tournament record


FLORIDA IN SEC TOURNAMENT FINALS
Year     Score                                                Site                  MVP
1934     Alabama 41, Florida 25                 Atlanta            (None selected)
1989    Alabama 72, Florida 60                  Knoxville         Livingston Chatman, Florida
1994    Kentucky 73, Florida 60                 Memphis         Travis Ford, Kentucky
2004    Kentucky 89, Florida 73                 Atlanta            Gerald Fitch, Kentucky
2005    Florida 70, Kentucky 53                 Nashville         Matt Walsh, Florida
2006    Florida 49, South Carolina 47      Atlanta            Taurean Green. Florida
2007    Florida 77, Arkansas 56                 Atlanta            Al Horford, Florida
2011    Kentucky 70, Florida 54                 Atlanta            Darius Miller, Kentucky
2013    Ole Miss 63, Florida 60                 Nashville         Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss


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