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Monday March 20, 2006Donovan Meets The Media As UF Prepares For Georgetown

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan

March 20, 2006

Media Luncheon

 

Opening comments…

“We have had six games in 14 days, and there has been no stretch of our season like that. For Friday night, there is a lot to prepare for in playing a team like Georgetown. The team that we can (compare them to) the best, although the personnel is a lot different, is Vanderbilt. I think Georgetown has a lot more size across the front line than Vanderbilt does. We had the day off yesterday, and today will be what we call a post-rehab where we will work these guys out a little bit and try to get them back physically, mentally and emotionally. Then we can get back tomorrow with some level of freshness to us. We are excited about the opportunity to play on Friday. Georgetown is a very good basketball team. They have a lot of size and athleticism, and they shoot the ball well. They are one of the few teams in the regular season to beat Duke. They are a great team that is capable of beating anyone, and it will be a great challenge for our guys Friday night.”

 

On playing with a lead in the recent win streak…

“I think our team has had to come from behind some in the SEC schedule. Both games in the NCAA Tournament here have been very close at the half. In the (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) game, we were up by eight at the half, and it got cut to five pretty quickly when they came out and knocked down a three. We have been able to pull away in the second half in those games, and I think our depth in the front court helps that some.”

 

On Georgetown’s Roy Hibbert…

“I don’t think that we have played against anyone with his size and athletic ability. He is very impressive because he is so skilled. He is a good passer which is impressive for a guy who is 7-foot-2. He runs, he catches and he alters shots. You just don’t see a lot of players in college basketball like him. This will be a unique game for us to play against a guy like him.”

 

On resting the team…

“We have the last game on Friday. One of my biggest concerns is our team’s conditioning, making sure that there is that balance to where they are staying conditioned but not getting worn down. We have not practiced. This is the time in the season where you don’t want your team physically and mentally beaten down. We, as a coaching staff, have to sit down and map out how we want to handle that over the next few days. I am hopeful that we can utilize this time. We do need to practice, but we need to use that practice time wisely.”

 

On the youth of Florida going into the Sweet Sixteen…

“There is no one on our team who has experienced this next round. With that being said, we need to take the games we have played with the different styles and defenses we have faced, and we need to focus on using those to prepare for Friday. I think our guys a little further along mentally than a lot of guys their age. In the NCAA Tournament, distractions and demands on their time escalate. They have to learn to handle that, and that is where I come in to help them handle it. Once the ball gets thrown up on Friday, whether we have older or younger guys or they do, that is all done. I am more concerned with our guys being in the right frame of mind from today up until game time. The basketball part of it, playing unselfishly and the experience is not going to be the issue. We have played too many games for that. Joakim Noah is not a sophomore anymore and neither is Taurean (Green) and Al (Horford). Walter Hodge is no longer a freshman. They have too many games under their belts right now. I am hoping that the experiences these guys have had will help us to go forward.”

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