Heard on the Court: Florida Gators

AUSTIN -- Florida head coach Billy Donovan and a few of his players discuss the Gators' second round win versus Northwestern State and what to expect from the team going forward...

The game didn't begin the way the team had hoped, but Florida managed to rally and get their NCAA second round versus Northwestern State.

Media spoke court side with head coach Billy Donovan after the game to get his thoughts on the 79-47 victory.

"Well, you know I wasn't really pleased with our defense in the first half. They shot too high of a percentage. I think any time you see a team for the first time there are adjustments that players have got to make.

"We did a much better job defensively in the second half and I think the game getting up and down the floor opened the game up. We were able to get out in transition and we did a much better job in the second half of getting back. I didn't think we did a great job early in the first of getting back in transition."

Coach Donovan also addressed the team's free throw shooting, stating, "you are always concerned about everything this time of year. [Center] Patric Young is a guy that gets fouled a lot. Outside of him, I thought we shot fairly well. That is something we can work on or at least get better at and that is something Patric has spent a lot of time and effort on."

A few of the players also had some things to say after the game:

Patric Young, on scripting this win any better: "It is always nice if you could just blow a team out from the get-go, but I think it makes it more enjoyable when there is a little bit of struggle and then you come away with the win and enjoy it with your teammates, the guys you have been through it with."

Young on the ability to score inside:"I missed a lot of bunnies that I should have finished. I was focused on the next shot and how I could get in position to score again and make the right play. My teammates were able to find me and [Erik Murphy] Murph and we just did a good job finishing."

Mike Rosario, on the feeling of starting this tournament out on the right note: "I felt that it was a good test, especially up against a team like that. They have really quick guards, a very good front court and I felt like we did a good job of locking in in the second half on the defensive end and really controlling the tempo. We did a really good job of that. Coming down in the stretch, we know that the games are going to be even harder. We need to approach every game knowing that we are going to play forty minutes."

Rosario on what was difficult about the match up:"It was kind of weird because we didn't deal with a team that subbed five in at a time. The most important thing with this game is knowing the scouting report and knowing who you were guarding and what guys were in the game at the time. I feel like we did a good job on that end knowing who was in the game, who to rotate on to three-point line, stuff like that."

Scottie Wilbekin, on what the key was to come back in the second half: "To focus on execution. We just had to do a better job of coming together as a team and staying focused on each possession."

Wilbekin on how experience of playing in the NCAA tournament has helped: "I think it just helps you keep your composure. This is the biggest stage there is in college basketball, so when you have experience, it can only help your composure."

Will Yeguete on getting the first game out of the way: "Yes, it feels good because they were bothering us the first half, it was a close game and to be able to get that lead and keep the lead and win the game."

Yeguete on feelings about seeing better competition during the next game: "Today was a tough game. I don't know what anybody says but today was a tough game. They played with their heart and we were able to push through and win the game. I think that the next game is going to be as tough as this one and we just have to make sure we are ready to go at the beginning of the game."

The Gators will face the winner of UCLA-Minnesota in Sunday's third round match up, also held at the Frank Erwin Center.

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