Billy Donovan wants to beat Tubby Smith and Kentucky Saturday night. The Florida coach knows if his team can beat the Wildcats, it could stem the momentum UK has gained during its five-game win streak and make it much easier for the Gators to win the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division.
However, it's also obvious that Donovan has a deep appreciation for the job Smith has done at Kentucky.
Remember, they were assistant coaches together on Rick Pitino's staff at Kentucky. While Donovan played for Pitino at Providence and always has been close to Pitino, the Florida coach has also grown to respect Smith more and more.
He's consistently praised Smith for continuing the winning ways at Kentucky and has never liked it when some disgruntled UK fans have suggested he should be UK's next coach.
"I've said this about Tubby before. I think he's an outstanding coach, but there's no question that he is a better human being than he is coach. That's the biggest compliment I can give somebody," Donovan said Thursday.