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Saturday March 30, 2013 The answer is not Magic Johnson, but rather Billy D

Updated: 11:02pm, March 30


VIDEO: A look back at Billy the Kid during his days at Providence.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- When Michigan guard Trey Burke scored 23 points and dished out 10 assists in the Wolverines' Sweet 16 win over Kansas on Friday, the only connection Burke's performance had to Gators coach Billy Donovan appeared to be a potential showdown with Florida in the Elite Eight.

The Gators did their part later by defeating Florida Gulf Coast.

Then a tweet from ESPN Stats & Info popped up, revealing that Burke was the first player to have at least 20 points and 10 assists in a Sweet 16 game since Donovan in 1987. Here is a link to an AP story in The Palm Beach Post from that game.

In a 103-82 win over Alabama 26 years ago, Donovan scored 26 points and had 10 assists as Providence upset the Crimson Tide in Louisville. Donovan earned South Region MVP honors that year in leading Providence to the Final Four.

Trey Burke

Unaware of the connection Saturday morning when his wife, Christine, asked him if he knew who the last player to accomplish the feat prior to Burke, Donovan guessed Magic Johnson.

Christine then spilled the beans.

"I don't know how I got that,'' Donovan said. "I said I'm glad I'm comparing myself to Magic Johnson, that's great."

Florida senior guard Kenny Boynton said Magic was his first guess, too.

"It is hard to believe [it has been that long] knowing all the great players who have played in the NCAA Tournament,'' Boynton said. "I wouldn't have guessed Coach Donovan. That's obviously a great accomplishment. I've seen a lot of film on Coach. I know he was a great player."

Burke said he received about 200 text messages after his 3-pointer forced overtime against the Jayhawks.

When told of the Donovan connection Saturday, Burke replied, "that's definitely neat."

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