UF to honor basketball team


Published: Monday, September 10, 2007 at 6:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 10, 2007 at 6:09 p.m.

The guys who helped turn Gainesville into Titletown will be back for the first big game of the 2007 football season.

Members of the Florida basketball team will receive their NCAA Championship rings in a ceremony on Florida Field prior to the Gators' SEC opener against Tennessee. A video honoring the first team to win back-to-back titles since 1992 will be shown prior to the ceremony.

The presentation will take approximately 21 minutes prior to the 3:34 p.m. kickoff and the University Athletic Association will be encouraging fans to be in their seats at 3:10 p.m. if they want to see the ceremony.

All but one member of the starting five has confirmed a return to Gainesville for the game Lee Humphrey is currently playing in Europe and cannot make it back.

But Al Horford, Taurean Green and the last two Most Outstanding Players of the NCAA Tournament Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer will be back for the ceremony, as will sixth man Chris Richard.

Richard and Humphrey finished their eligibility while the other four left after their junior years to pursue the NBA. Horford, Noah and Brewer were taken in the first round of the NBA Draft.

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