You won’t hear Billy Donovan talking about rankings or tournaments or anything beyond Wednesday night’s home game with LSU, but the Florida Gators have set themselves up to make the NCAA Tournament for the tenth straight year. The Gators had only five 20-win seasons and five NCAA bids in school history before Billy Donovan came along and now the Gators are one win away from their tenth straight 20-win season. With a win against LSU, Billy will tie Tubby Smith for the most consecutive 20-win seasons at one school in the SEC. Tubby holds the all-time record of 12 straight 20-win seasons — two at Georgia and ten at Kentucky.
The Gators are 19-5 overall and 6-3 in the SEC with four of their remaining seven SEC games at the O’Connell Center. The first two — LSU and South Carolina — are very winnable games. The last two — Mississippi State and Tennessee — figure to be all-out wars but again, you have to figure the Gators can win both of them since they are at home.
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