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Seth Davis
December 15, 2003
Coach Rick Pitino versus Coach Billy Donovan
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December 15, 2003

Head To Head

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Coach Rick Pitino
Coach Billy Donovan

On March 21,1987, senior guard Billy Donovan scored 20 points in Louisville's Freedom Hall to lead Providence, which was coached by Rick Pitino, to the Final Four with an 88-73 win over Georgetown. Donovan later went to work for Pitino as an assistant, but since becoming a head coach he has never beaten his mentor in four meetings. The student will be favored to win this one, however. Florida was 5-0 through Sunday and is ranked No. 1 in the nation, while Louisville (2-1) dropped out of the Top 25 after a loss to Iowa. Though much attention will be paid to the men on the sidelines, keep an eye on Florida's 6'6" sophomore forward, Matt Walsh (16.8 points and 6.0 rebounds a game), who will go toe-to-toe with Louisville's 6'7" sophomore swing-man Francisco Garcia, who's averaging 17.3 points and 5.7 assists a game.