Tournament Quick Quotes: Florida

Florida head coach Billy Donovan and a few of his players discuss playing Northwestern State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament...

Florida head coach Billy Donovan on what it would mean specifically for Erik Murphy and Kenny Boynton to nab the championship:

"I think that they're no different than any player that's never experienced that. When you get into this tournament, I think that that's everybody's dream and goal.

"I think every kid that gets into this tournament, that's a dream. I just think maybe those guys have been a little bit more outspoken. I think if you checked with Northwestern State or Illinois or UCLA or Minnesota, I think that's every kid's dream. I don't think there's anything abnormal about that for them wanting that.

"I think they are also mature enough and understand that the most important thing right now is what's in front of us today. Because tomorrow in this tournament is never, ever guaranteed or promised. I think they realize what a challenge it will be tomorrow night playing against Northwestern State. But I think that that's the goal in this tournament, to keep advancing."

Forward Will Yeguete on preparation for the NCAA Tournament:

"I don't think we prepare differently, we're just worried about whoever we're going to play. We play a team tomorrow that's aggressive and is going to press us. So we have to practice differently to make sure we take care of the ball. We're just guaranteed one game so we have to make sure we just go out there and play hard."

Forward/Center Erik Murphy on what jumps out on film about Northwestern State:

"Obviously, they play fast. They play in transition really well. I think they lead the nation in scoring. They're a high octane team offensively and they pressure the ball on defense. We just have to be ready for that. We're just going to follow coach's game plan and try to execute it as best we can."

Guard Kenny Boynton on playing against a team that plays so many players:

"They still only have five at a time. All the guys are productive. But we have reserves also. So we get a breather, we've just got to get our wind back and be ready to play, match their intensity.

"I think this game, it will be an offensive game. The main thing will be our offense not turning the ball over. So we just have to not get fatigued and keep playing."

Guard Mike Rosario on close games in the tournament and adapting better to the late going than the team did in the regular season:

"We practice on these situations. We know going forward everyone is bringing their best shot every game.

"And that's what the NCAA Tournament is about: us being a team that we are. I know that we have a target on us for being a number three seed and being the experienced team that we are. We feel like we have to come out, just aggressive, and be the Florida Gators.

"And I feel like, up to this point, we just have to keep our focus on what's on with the team and just be focused."

No. 3 Florida vs. No. 14 Northwestern State is set to tip off at 6:27 pm CST from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

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