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Topic - Billy Donovan
Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:
No. 1 Florida nearly swept the coaches' Southeastern Conference individual awards.
For top-ranked Florida, it's nothing more than a warm-up for bigger games to come.
The comparisons have started and surely will continue the further Florida advances in the postseason. They're inevitable, really, since the football-first school is a little short on basketball tradition.
Florida coach Billy Donovan renewed his long-standing argument Monday that teams playing in conference title games on "Selection Sunday" should not have to return to the court in the NCAA tournament until Friday.
Breanna Stewart scored 22 points Saturday to lead top-ranked UConn to a 72-42 rout of eighth-seeded Cincinnati in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.
With strands of net behind their ears, Florida seniors Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete and Patric Young stopped at midcourt and kissed the floor.
They've spent countless hours together over the last four years, creating the kind of bonds that last a lifetime. They've played 141 games together, winning most of them while developing the kind of chemistry that pays off in crunch time of close games. They've celebrated three Southeastern Conference championships in four years together and felt the sting of coming up one victory short of the Final Four the last three years.
Michael Frazier II got one directive from his Florida teammates against South Carolina - whenever he saw daylight on the court, let the ball fly.
Top-ranked Florida has a motto for the stretch run: "chasing greatness."
Florida's seniors, those four guys who fell just short of the Final Four the last three years, talked about cutting down the nets after clinching the Southeastern Conference's regular-season championship.
No. 1 Florida will have backup point guard Kasey Hill back Saturday against LSU.
Florida coach Billy Donovan has found sustained success with college basketball's version of the waiver wire.
Florida coach Billy Donovan knows his newly top-ranked Gators are an even bigger target for opponents. They just keep finding ways to finish off victories.
Vanderbilt can only think of all the mistakes it made in allowing Florida to escape with a win in its first game at No. 1.
"We're getting a chance to play for a championship," he said. "It's always exciting to have an opportunity to do that."
FINAL WORD: "I'm always a little bit guarded starting to compare one team to the next because it's different," Donovan said. "The personalities are different, the players are different, everything's different. What these guys have done in the regular season has been really, really remarkable and special. I would hate to have that accomplishment all of the sudden be compared to something else because what they did has been, in my opinion, totally unique and special."