When Florida started off on the road this year due to the O'Dome being under construction, the Gators knew how much that would aid them down the stretch. Now the experience will be invaluable in the tournament.
“It really tested us early, like you said, and it made us see what kind of team we are from the jump," said forward Devin Robinson. "It gave us a confidence that we knew that we could play against any team in the country if we did what we were supposed to do, it got us ready for this moment right now, it got us ready for the SEC Tournament and SEC play and it just helped prepare us that we know that if we can put together a good game we can battle with anyone in the country.”
One of the places the Gators played in was Madison Square Garden. UF will return to that arena on Friday night against Wisconsin and the team is eager to return.
“I’m excited to get back in there," said guard Chris Chiozza. "It was a great experience the first time, although we didn't get the win. Hopefully if will change this time. The atmosphere there, just being in Madison Square Garden, it's going to give you a little bit more energy. It's going to be great to be in there again. A lot of people don't get the opportunity to play in there once. You get to do that twice in the same year. It's a great experience and we're in the sweet 16 so it's even better.”
"I’m just having fun with it, enjoying my time here in the tournament, it’s just fun playing with my guys, we’re winning, everyone’s playing together, it’s a loose and free atmosphere and everyone’s focused on one goal," said Robinson. "It’s just enjoying it, you don't’ get that many opportunities like this in a lifetime so just to be put in this position is a great thing, so I’m just trying to enjoy every minute of it.”