GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Billy Donovan triggered two more bonuses in his contract Monday, getting $50,000 for the top-ranked Gators finishing in the top 10 in the final Associated Press poll, and $25,000 for being named the AP's SEC coach of the year, also announced Monday.
Florida's Scottie Wilbekin and Casey Prather made the All-SEC first team, and Patric Young made the second team.
Donovan already has earned $50,000 for winning the SEC regular-season title, $25,000 for the SEC tournament and $37,500 for making the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA bonus would increase to $75,000 for making the Sweet 16, $100,000 for making the Final Four and $150,000 for winning the national championship.
Donovan would land another $50,000 if he's named AP national coach of the year.
The Gators were ranked No. 1 Monday for the fourth straight week. In other news from the final AP poll, UCLA and Baylor returned to the rankings. Memphis and SMU dropped out.
play opens tonight: The first round begins tonight with Albany facing Mount St. Mary's and N.C. State facing Xavier. Albany likes to run and pump up 3s. Mount St. Mary's prefers to pound it inside. The winner faces overall No. 1 seed Florida on Thursday in Orlando. The site for first-round games, Dayton Arena, is where Xavier played many memorable games against the rival Flyers before moving into the Big East this season. Coach Chris Mack expects the Musketeers to get booed by the home crowd. N.C. State and Xavier have never played, but have one connection:Semaj Christon, Xavier's leading scorer, was the roommate of T.J. Warren, the ACC's player of the year and top scorer, at Brewster Academy.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes play their first NCAA Tournament game in eight years on Wednesday night against Tennessee in Dayton, Ohio. That morning, coach Fran McCaffery will be in an Iowa City hospital praying for his 13-year-old son, Patrick. The younger McCaffery will have surgery to remove a thyroid tumor. McCaffery planned to fly to Dayton with his team on Monday, return to Iowa City for Patrick's surgery then get back to Ohio to coach against the Vols. McCaffery won't know if Patrick's tumor was benign or malignant until further tests are conducted.
freshman honor: Duke F Jabari Parker won the Wayman Tisdale Award, presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to the nation's top freshman. The USBWA's other top freshmen: Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Tyler Ennis of Syracuse and Julius Randle of Kentucky.