Billy Donovan loves coaching and living for the moment. He's not one for big reflection or talk of his accomplishments. But outside the previous trips to the Final Four and games with the national title on the line, seems to me no game has meant more to how we'll perceive Billy Donovan than the one he'll coach against Michigan on Sunday afternoon.
You won't find the huge names on this list. No Trey, Otto or Victor. This is reserved for X-factor players, guys who can ultimately determine how far their team goes, and whether they reach the Final Four.
Ole Miss will face Florida in Sunday's final of the SEC Tournament after both teams used extended runs for double-digit victories in Saturday's semifinals. The Rebels, which arrived in Nashville as a bubble team, will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament with a win over the Gators. Florida must contain Rebels' sharpshooter Marshall Henderson.
Alabama forward Nick Jacobs woke up on Friday with back spams, while Florida forward Erik Murphy has dealt with a swollen knee over the past three days. Despite the injuries, both were instrumental in their team's victories in the SEC quarterfinals. On Saturday, the Crimson Tide will look to bolster their NCAA tournament at-large hopes with a win over the Gators.