"This year it means a lot to me just to make it to the tournament, knowing there's going to be a lot of other good teams in there," said Kevaughn Allen on Monday. Just got to come in there and play our best."
The Gators will head to Orlando to start their campaign in the NCAA Tourney. The ability to play close to Gainesville is certainly something Allen and the team appreciate.
"It's going to be exciting just to stay close to home, knowing that all our fans are going to be there just to come and support us."
UF is coming into the weekend losing three of its last four games, stringing two straight losses. According to Allen, the team knows what needs to be to snap the recent skid.
“We just have to be more aggressive on offense, just be more aware of our decisions, as far as shot selections and just as far as turning the ball over," said Allen. "It’s a new start for us. The three losses that we had, just got to turn it into a motivation for us.”
The team's recent losses is not the only thing pushing the team forward. Many national pundits have named Florida as one of the teams most likely to have an upset in the first round.
"We can use that as motivation but at the same time I’m not worried about other people say because it does not affect us as far as what we do.”
Playing on the national stage definitely presents itself with a unique situation for Mike White's young team. With many on the team never playing in an NCAA tournament, focus will be key.
“It’s a lot of distractions as far as people telling you just talking to you, kind of telling you what they want you to expect from them, just can’t hide that because they haven’t been here and don’t know what we’re going through, through practice and what goes on around here.”