The Gators won the SEC regular season championship in their first year under Wise, splitting it with the LSU Tigers volleyball team. In 1992, Florida earned their first NCAA Final Four trip, falling to eventual national runner-up UCLA in the semifinals 15-12, 15-12, 15-10. The following year, the Gators returned to the national championship game where they defeated Arkansas 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 25-20) for their first national title.
Florida's third appearance in the final match of the 1992 season was also their last until 2008. The Gators finished that season with a 49-3 record and were awarded their second consecutive SEC title.
In 2009, the Gators made it back to the finals after an absence of seven years, but this time they fell short to Baylor 3-0. That same year, Florida claimed its third undefeated regular season when they went 36-0 before losing to Michigan State in the inaugural NCAA Tournament. As a result, the Gators received their fourth straight No. 1 ranking.
Florida returned to the NCAA Finals in 2010 where they faced Georgia for their fifth national title. The two teams played a close match throughout the entire game with neither team leading by more than three points at any point during the contest. In the end, Florida came out on top 17-15, 15-13, 11-9 to claim their sixth national title.
March Madness has here, as the Florida Gators have been seeded seventh in the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The Gators finished with a 14-9 record after an up-and-down regular season. Tennessee eliminated Florida from the SEC tournament, defeating them 78-66. The Gators were awarded a seventh seed in the NCAA tournament by the selection committee.
Florida is one of six remaining teams still alive in the NCAA tournament. The other five teams all have hopes of becoming champions on Saturday. Florida plays its first game on Thursday, April 17th at 7:15 p.m. against Auburn in Tampa's USF Sun Dome. The winner will advance to the championship game.
The Gators last made it to the final four back in 1996 when they lost to Duke 93-91 in Indianapolis.
Coach Andy Lopez has done a good job leading this team through the postseason process. Under his guidance, they've won nine games so far this year. That's the most since 1993-94 when Cliff Ellis led the Gators to a 10-8 mark in the tournament. Before that, Florida had not made it past the first round of the NCAA tournament for four years. The last time they got as far as the second round was 1986 when John Battle was coach of the team.
There are three things that can happen on Saturday.
After defeating the Tennessee Volunteers 31-13 on Saturday, the Florida Gators officially won the SEC East and punched their ticket to the 2020 SEC Championship game on Dec. 19 in Atlanta, Ga.
This year's matchup was only guaranteed to be a one-game season due to the coronavirus pandemic that has forced most college football programs to shut down for the year. But with Florida winning out, it's all but certain they'll take home the division title and a spot in the conference championship game.
The Gators are 11-1 and ranked No. 6 in the AP poll this week after knocking off Tennessee. This is head coach Dan Mullen's third season leading the program and he has already secured a top-10 recruiting class according to ESPN.
Florida will face an uphill battle in its first game of the season against LSU. The Tigers beat up on underachieving Florida State 38-7 last month before losing at home to UMASS by just one point. But with LSU coming off a season-ending loss, this one should be close throughout.
Then the Gators get to face off again with Georgia in Week 9 before closing out the regular season at South Carolina. Assuming no more postponements are announced, this would be Florida's third consecutive season opening against an AP top-5 team.
The Florida Gators are one of the most legendary schools in college football, particularly during the BCS era. The Gators have three national titles, eight SEC crowns, and 42 first-round draft choices. Most notably, the Gators have won 217 games since 1990, more than any other NCAA club.
Florida's latest season was 2015. The Gators finished that year with a 7-6 record after losing their last game to Louisville in an instant classic. The offense was very good (third in the SEC), but the defense was very bad (122th out of 125 teams). This team was especially bad in the secondary where they gave up nearly 200 yards per game.
Florida is known for its aggressive style of football which includes lots of passing attacks. They usually have one of the best quarterbacks in the country who can throw the ball long distances. Florida has had many great quarterbacks including Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow, and Jameis Winston.
Florida's biggest rival is definitely Alabama. The two schools used to play every year, but now they only meet once every four years. Still, it's one of the most intense rivalries in all of sports - just ask any Florida fan. Also, Michigan fans might not like to hear this, but Florida fans think the Wolverines are pretty cool too.
Overall, the Florida Gators are one of the most successful programs in college football history.
Since the 1990s, the Florida Gators have been a top-tier college basketball club. The collegiate basketball season begins in early November and normally lasts until the end of the calendar year.
The squad went 5-1 versus lesser institutions and local sporting organizations. However, due to World War I, the basketball team, like numerous other sports programs at the institution, did not participate for the next three years.
In the sport of basketball, the Florida Gators men's basketball team represents the University of Florida. The Gators compete in the Southeastern Conference of NCAA Division I. (SEC). The Exactech Arena in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus hosts home games.
The Florida Gators have been a top-tier college basketball club since the 1990s. The collegiate basketball season begins in early November and normally lasts until the end of the calendar year.
Shooting guard Vernon Maxwell led the squad to its first NCAA Tournament participation in 1987, moving all the way to the Sweet 16.