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NCAA Tournament: 3-0 vs. a Coaching Colleague

Posted by Andrew McKillop on March 22, 2011

On Saturday in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32, Billy Donovan coached the Florida Gators to a 73-65 victory over the Ben Howland coached UCLA Bruins.  Donovan is now 3-0 when coaching against Howland in the NCAA Tournament, making Donovan only the 11th coach in the history of the tournament to have a 3-0 record against a coaching colleague.

Note: No coach has ever gone 4-0 or better vs. a colleague in the NCAA Tournament.

Year Round Team Defeated Score
Phog Allen (3-0) vs. Buster Brannon
1940 Elite Eight Kansas Rice 50-44
1942 Regional 3rd Place Kansas Rice 55-53
1952 Sweet Sixteen Kansas TCU 68-64
Vic Bubas (3-0) vs. Jack Ramsey
1960 Sweet Sixteen Duke St. Joseph’s 58-56
1963 Elite Eight Duke St. Joseph’s 73-59
1966 Sweet Sixteen Duke St. Joseph’s 76-74
Billy Donovan (3-0) vs. Ben Howland
2006 National Championship Florida UCLA 73-57
2007 Final Four Florida UCLA 76-66
2011 Round of 32 Florida UCLA 73-65
Bob Knight (3-0) vs. Dale Brown
1981 Final Four Indiana LSU 67-49
1987 Elite Eight Indiana LSU 77-76
1992 Round of 32 Indiana LSU 89-79
Rick Pitino (3-0) vs. Rick Majerus
1993 Round of 32 Kentucky Utah 83-62
1996 Sweet Sixteen Kentucky Utah 101-70
1997 Elite Eight Kentucky Utah 72-59
Dean Smith (3-0) vs. Digger Phelps
1977 Sweet Sixteen North Carolina Notre Dame 79-77
1985 Round of 32 North Carolina Notre Dame 60-58
1987 Sweet Sixteen North Carolina Notre Dame 74-68
Eddie Sutton (3-0) vs. Neil McCarthy
1978 Round of 32 Arkansas Weber St 73-52
1979 Round of 32 Arkansas Weber St 74-63
1994 Round of 64 Oklahoma St New Mexico St 65-55
Fred Taylor (3-0) vs. Adolph Rupp
1961 Elite Eight Ohio St Kentucky 87-74
1962 Elite Eight Ohio St Kentucky 74-64
1968 Elite Eight Ohio St Kentucky 82-81
Roy Williams (3-0) vs. Tom Izzo
2005 Final Four North Carolina Michigan St 87-71
2007 Round of 32 North Carolina Michigan St 81-67
2009 National Championship North Carolina Michigan St 89-72
John Wooden (3-0) vs. Lou Henson
1968 Sweet Sixteen UCLA New Mexico St 58-49
1969 Sweet Sixteen UCLA New Mexico St 53-38
1970 Final Four UCLA New Mexico St 93-77
John Wooden (3-0) vs. Jerry Tarkanian
1970 Sweet Sixteen UCLA Long Beach St 88-65
1971 Elite Eight UCLA Long Beach St 57-55
1972 Elite Eight UCLA Long Beach St 73-57

 

References: HoopsTournament.net NCAA Tournament Database, ESPN.com Florida-UCLA Tournament Box Score

 

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