Sunday may feel like old times for Minnesota's Tubby Smith and Florida's Billy Donovan. They certainly are familiar with each other.
The two coaches have three national championships between them and a history of intense head-to-head competition in the Southeastern Conference dating to the late 1990s when Smith was at Georgia and Kentucky and Donovan started at Florida.
They'll renew the rivalry for one game when Donovan's Gators (27-7), the No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament South Regional, face Smith's No. 11 Gophers (21-12). The winner advances to the round of 16.
Smith, who left Kentucky for Minnesota in 2007, said he's glad to see Donovan again because it means he's got his team playing at a high level. The Gophers' 83-63 win Friday night over UCLA was his first NCAA tournament victory in six years at Minnesota. The Gators are a perennial national power.
''We have had our battles,'' Smith said Saturday. ''If you're going up against him, you know your team has probably risen ...