SEC Tournament Roundup

ATLANTA, March 8 (UPI) -- Brett Nelson scored 23 points and Udonis Haslem added 22 Thursday night as 12th-ranked Florida overcame a slow start to defeat Auburn, 81-63, in the feature att

Florida 80, Vanderbilt 54

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Matt Bonner finished with 22 points and Udonis Haslem added 19 Saturday night as Florida earned its third straight win with a 80-54 victory over Vanderbilt.

Florida 81, Tulane 65

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Matt Bonner had a season-high 16 points and Udonis Haslem scored all of his 13 points in the second half Sunday while making all six of his field goal attempts
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Billy Donovan
Flordia Gators head basketball coach Billy Donovan gives instructions during the first half against the Butler Bulldogs in the NCAA Midwest Regional at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on March 23, 2007. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

William John “Billy” Donovan, Jr. (born May 30, 1965 in Rockville Centre, New York) is the head coach of the Florida Gators basketball team. He has taken the Gators to three NCAA championship game appearances, in 2000, 2006 and 2007. The Gators lost to the Michigan State Spartans in the 2000 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball final. The Gators won the national championship in 2006 with a 73-57 win over UCLA and again in 2007 with an 84-75 win over Ohio State, making Donovan the first coach since Mike Krzyzewski to win back-to-back titles. He is one of only four (Dean Smith, Joe B. Hall and Bobby Knight being the others) to play in the Final Four and win the national championship as a coach.

After a brief stint as head coach of the Orlando Magic that lasted only 5 days, Donovan re-signed with the Gators on June 7, 2007, with a deal that makes him the highest-paid coach in college basketball, at $3.5-million per year.

Donovan was born and raised in Rockville Centre on Long Island, New York. The son of Bill Donovan, Sr., the third leading scorer in Boston College men's basketball history, Donovan graduated from St. Agnes High School — a local powerhouse where he was coached by the legendary Frank Morris — in 1983 before going on to Providence College, where he played guard on the basketball team. His first two seasons with the Friars were unimpressive; he scored an average of 2 points per game as a freshman and three points as a sophomore. His junior year, however, Donovan flourished in the system of new head coach Rick Pitino. "Billy the Kid," as Providence fans soon nicknamed him (after the 19th century outlaw, Billy the Kid), averaged 15.1 points as a junior and 20.6 as a senior, when he took the Friars to the Final Four and earned the Southeast Regional MVP.

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