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Florida coach thinks Cats can win it all

Can the Wildcats do it? Does UK have what it takes to win a national championship?

Last night in Rupp Arena, John Calipari's team made a statement in beating Florida by 20.

Gators coach Billy Donovan has two titles under his belt, winning back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007, and thinks the Cats are contenders.

He likes UK's disposition.

"You know, and I'm not talking about an arrogance or a cockiness, but there is a focus level in terms of what really goes into winning at that level. Like there's a mentality there that's just different, I don't really know how to describe it," Donovan said after the game.

He says it's a hard thing to put his finger on, but Donovan says Kentucky's demeanor is that of a champion.

"I think Davis and Gilchrist, and I've always been a Miller fan, you know, just the way those guys carry themselves, I'm impressed with that."

Donovan watched his team's seven game winning-streak come to an end at the hands of Kentucky, 78-58.

"In terms of star power, in terms of talent, one through six or seven, I think Kentucky has the most of anybody."

Donovan whould know. His teams have played both Ohio State and Syracuse on the road,losing by a combined eleven points.

"Ohio State's different. They don't have necessarily the length. Syracuse is a really interesting team because they have every bit as much length as Kentucky and they have more depth," he said. "So they're an interesting team and obviously they play zone. And I think when you get into the tournament it's a one shot deal and anything can happen on one game."

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