Tuesday April 3, 2007Men's Basketball Captures Back-To-Back National Championships
The University of Florida men’s basketball team capped another magical season Monday night, this time with an 84-75 victory over Ohio State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to claim the national title for the second-straight year.
With the victory, the Gators became the first team since 1991 and 1992 to repeat as champions (Duke).
Head coach Billy Donovan joined elite company as he
became the 12th coach to win multiple NCAA titles and is one of only
four active coaches to do so (Mike Kryzewski 3, Bobby
Knight 3, Jim Calhoun 2). He also became the third-youngest coach to win
multiple NCAA titles at 41 years of age (Knight,
The first half saw the Gators build a cushion which extended to as many as 13 when Taurean Green nailed a three-pointer with just under a minute before the half. Green helped the Gators connect on 6-of-9 from behind the three-point arc in the first half. He and Corey Brewer led the team with 11 points at the halfway mark.
Three pointers proved to be a major story as UF finished the night 10-for-18, while the Buckeyes were 4-for-23.
The Buckeyes cut the
Brewer was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. He finished the night with 13 points and eight rebounds. Horford led all Gators with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Green had 16 points. Lee Humphrey posted 14 points and was 4-for-7 on three point attempts.