Team preview: Florida

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 9, 2003, 1:54 PM ET
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COACH AND PROGRAM

When Billy Donovan arrived at Florida seven years ago, the program had achieved only sporadic success in basketball. Evidence of just how far Donovan has taken the program came last season, after his Gators were ousted from the NCAA Tournament in the second round by a physical Michigan State team. Donovan, who led his young team to within a basket of the Elite Eight in 1999 and to the 2000 national championship game, actually received a bit of criticism from Florida fans. The loss in the second round came on the heels of Florida's first-round defeat in the 2002 NCAAs.