Louisville coach Rick Pitino knows more about the Gators than most coaches outside the Southeastern Conference.
Pitino’s son, Richard, is a second-year assistant at UF. And Pitino also has served as a mentor for Florida coach Billy Donovan since Donovan ran the point for the Pitino-coached Providence Friars in 1987.
In an interview Tuesday morning with ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd, Pitino said he wouldn’t be surprised if the No. 12 Gators made a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
“Well, I’m a little biased, but everybody overlooks Florida,” Pitino told Cowherd. “Obviously Billy Donovan played for me, but I think Florida’s the type of team with three seniors in the front court with a very quick backcourt. … They’re a team that could beat anyone on a given night.”
Pitino even gave Florida a shot to win a national title.
“Nobody talks about them as a potential national champion,” Pitino said. “But they have the experience in their head coach, they have the experience in the frontcourt, the returning backcourt.”