ORLANDO, FL – Younger coaches often have to get their team to buy into them, to believe they can coach them up well. In the absence of experience, sometimes bonding is the best way to go about that, and Mike White knows how to make his Florida Gators smile and laugh. It worked on Thursday, as Florida knocked off East Tennessee State to advance.
White also spoke about Chris Chiozza’s role in coming off the bench.
Tom McCarthy caught up with Coach White ahead of the Gators’ second round game against Virginia.
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Tournament Pregame Interviews
SAN JOSE, CA – The West Region is stacked with experience but Arizona stands above the rest. While head coach Sean Miller hasn’t been able to get the Wildcats back to the Final Four yet, he’s reached… Read More »
KANSAS CITY, MO – The college basketball season can be long, but not so long that coach John Beilein can’t remember how poorly his Wolverines started league play. The Big Ten tournament champions looked like NIT invitees for sure after starting the year 4-6, but since then they’ve gone on… Read More »
SACRAMENTO, CA – Third-seeded UCLA was practically almost able to score at will in their first round victory of Kent State on Friday. But UCLA head coach Steve Alford knows that sixth-seeded Cincinnati presents a different test, as the Bruins will be challenged more on both ends of the floor, and… Read More »
TULSA, OK – Kansas head coach Bill Self is certainly familiar with what Tom Izzo brings to the table as a coach, and after witnessing the Spartans’ dominating performance over Miami (Fla.) on Friday, the Jayhawks certainly won’t be underestimating ninth-seeded Michigan State, despite their relative inexperience, when they square off… Read More »
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Kentucky head coach John Calipari knows his team’s youth and inexperience will be tested on Sunday when they face a veteran squad in Greg Marshall’s Wichita State Shockers. Calipari hopes that his Wildcats’ increased level of maturity throughout the course of the season, though, will enable them to… Read More »
GREENVILLE, SC – North Carolina head coach Roy Williams knows that managing his a team during a blowout can be just almost as difficult as managing a tight game. Williams hopes that he kept his players focused throughout their 103-64 First Round win over Texas Southern, so that they will be ready… Read More »
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Don’t tell Mark Few how easy it is as a #1 seed. The Zags coach isn’t super comfortable with that opening game dynamic, and he felt his team showed it with a few jitters in their opening round win against South Dakota State. They’ll take… Read More »
MILWAUKEE, WI – For the second year in a row, Middle Tennessee State came into the NCAA Tournament a double-digit seed, only to confidently upset a Big Ten squad in the First Round. The difference this time around, though, is that the Blue Raiders aren’t ready to pack their bags… Read More »