John Calipari believes Billy Donovan's college experience can help in game seven

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Having been up 3-1 over the Golden State Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder would see it as a huge disappointment if they fail to advance to the NBA Finals on Monday night.

With the series now tied at 3-3 after two huge wins for the Dubs, OKC have to come away from the Oracle Arena with a victory to avoid their season ending prematurely.

However, whatever happens in the Bay, it has been an extremely remarkable campaign for coach Billy Donovan after his jump from college basketball to the pro leagues.

Donovan left his position as head coach of the Florida Gators to replace Scott Brooks in Oklahoma and has adapted to the NBA with consummate ease during his first season in the NBA.

Having finished behind the record-setting Warriors and San Antonio Spurs in the regular season, an incredible playoff run leaves them one game from the NBA Finals.

John Calipari, Donovan's former SEC rival has been very impressed with how the 51-year-old has adapted to his change of environment, saying his experience of college can help in pressure situations, such as tonight's game seven.

He said: “Don’t think that [his college experience] doesn’t help him as far as the pressure or the squeeze or whatever you want to say. He’s been through it, and I don’t think he looks overwhelmed by any of it.

“He’s a great guy, it’s a great opportunity and he’s taking advantage. I’m happy for him.”

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