Tuesday night was a special night for Gator basketball, which won its fifth SEC title ever and fourth under Billy Donovan.
It also gave not only the seniors but everyone on this team a legacy worth leaving behind. They can add to it once the postseason rolls around, but there are only five sets of players who can talk about winning an SEC title. The Oh-Fours, as good as they were, only won one during their time at Florida.
Not that Billy Donovan’s legacy needed any padding, but a couple of interesting tidbits:
• Donovan is now tied for fourth all-time in number of SEC titles. He is tied with Babe McCarthy of Mississippi State and Dale Brown of LSU with four. I don’t think he’s catching the all-time leader Adolph Rupp, who won 27. Different world then. Joe B. Hall is second with eight and Tubby Smith, that awful coach the Wildcat fans drove out of Lexington, is third with five.
• Donovan is now tied for second all-time in division championships. He is tied with Rick Stansbury at five. Tubby won seven at Kentucky. Of course, there have only been divisions since 1992. And Tubby’s record could be safe if the league decides to do away with divisions in Destin this spring. That’s a real possibility, although the West coaches will try to block it.
One other note: the SEC title won by the Gators was the 100th won by a UF team since Jeremy Foley became athletic director.