UF MEN'S BASKETBALL
Notebook: Anderson 'not buying into' UF's 3-0 record vs. Bruins
Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 9:43 p.m.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UCLA sophomore point guard Kyle Anderson has heard about Florida's 3-0 postseason record against the Bruins.
“I've heard it all, watched all those games,” Anderson said. “It is what it is. We have a new staff, new team. We're not buying into that.”
Instead, UCLA is taking a confident approach into its matchup with the top-seeded Gators. Florida's three wins against the Bruins, all in the NCAA tournament, included a 73-57 win in the 2006 national title game, a 76-66 win in the 2007 Final Four and a 73-65 win in a 2011 Round of 32 game in Tampa.
All three occurred with Ben Howland as UCLA's coach. But the Bruins are playing more uptempo this season under first-year coach Steve Alford. UCLA has won five straight games against NCAA tournament teams by an average margin of 16.4 points per game.
No current members of UCLA's team appeared on the court when the Gators last downed the Bruins in 2011 in Tampa.
“You have a totally different coach, you have a totally different style of play, you have a totally different philosophy and you have totally different players,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “The name on the jersey happens to be the same one that we've maybe played three different times in the NCAA tournament, but everything else is really a lot different.”
Pelphrey to USF?
Due to lying on his resume about graduating from Kentucky, Steve Masiello was unceremoniously dumped by USF a few days after news broke that he was hired as the Bulls men's basketball coach.
With the USF job back open, Donovan was asked about UF assistant coach John Pelphrey as a potential candidate.
“Being in the state 18 years, I think South Florida has got great potential,” Donovan said. “I think John would be terrific there. I have not spoken to anybody from South Florida. I don't know where their interest level would be at.”
Pelphrey was a head coach at South Alabama (2002-05) and Arkansas (2007-11) before returning to UF as an assistant. His resume includes two NCAA tournament appearances (with South Alabama in 2006 and Arkansas in 2008).
“I haven't really talked to John about (USF),” Donovan said. “I think the one thing I respect about John is he's not a guy out there chasing jobs. I think he would want to be in a place where it's a good fit for him, good fit for the school.”
Donovan happy with extension
Donovan said he was pleased with his new contract extension, but was surprised the news came out when it did. The veteran UF coach said he agreed to terms for the extension last summer, which will pay him an average of $3.7 million annually between now and 2019. But the deal wasn't finalized and signed until February because it had to get through UF's compensation committee.
“Obviously, very thankful to (Florida president Dr. Bernie) Machen and (Florida athletic director) Jeremy (Foley) for what they've done for myself and my family,” Donovan said.
Florida senior Scottie Wilbekin was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America third team on Wednesday.
Named Southeastern Conference player of the year a few weeks ago, Wilbekin is averaging 13.1 points and 3.7 assists for the Gators this season.
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