FLORIDA GATORS 75
VILLANOVA WILDCATS 62
THE MODERATOR: We have from Florida head code Billy Donovan, Al Horford, Joakim, Taurean Green, Lee Humphrey, Corey Brewer.
COACH DONOVAN: Well, you know, coming into this game I want to congratulate Villanova because they have had an outstanding season, and we have great respect for their team, the way they played the game, how aggressive they are, and just the way they have taken on every challenge. We beat a very good basketball team.
I told our guys there were going to be three things important in the game, and one of them we did really well. I thought that our ability to rebound the basketball, and we gave up entirely too many offensive rebounds, but we did out-rebound them because of their poor shooting percentage, so to speak.
I told them our turnovers were going to be critical. We did a much, much better job in the second half taking care of the basketball. First half we had too many turnovers. I have said this for a long, long time, the greatest equalizer is the 3-point line. We were up by 5 and they had 16 offensive rebounds, and we turned it over 10 times.
That is generally a disaster for a very, very poor half. Because we defended the 3-point line, that gave us an opportunity tonight. I think a lot of credit should go to our coaching staff. All year long Larry Shyatt and Donnie Jones, and Anthony Grant, in particular, those guys have done a phenomenal job in terms of getting these guys to understand what they need to do to put themselves in a position to win.
They have done a very, very good job just being able to listen and pay attention and focus in on some things that I think have helped us I will say that last year's game helped our basketball team playing Villanova. I think they had a chance to go against Foye and Ray, and the one thing that you can't really notice on film with their team is their level of quickness at the 4 and the 5, and the level of pressure that they place on the basketball.
For a team that do not get a chance to see Villanova a lot, the first time you see them, it's very impressive. I think last year's game gave us an idea of what they are going to do and how they are going to play, and maybe helped those guys a little bit in terms of understanding their personnel.
I am very, very proud of these kids. It has been a remarkable run up to this point in time just with so much uncertainty surrounding our season with people leaving early, and these guys having to step up.
You know, I thought all these guys played an exceptional game tonight. Joe and Al did a great job on the backboard, eliminating and alleviating pressure. I thought Taurean and Lee did a great job in the back court. I thought Lee did about as good a job as you could do on Foye. The best thing about Foye, he ended up with 25, but the big thing we didn't give him 3s. We gave him tough 2s that he made.
Corey was a definite spark plug for us to start the second half because he was in foul trouble, he did come out, make a couple baskets, and get us going. He did some good things defensively as well. We are excited about the opportunity to play next week. I am proud of these kids that are up here and every guy that's in the locker room.
THE MODERATOR: Questions for the student athletes. State your name and affiliation right here in the front row.
Q. Corey, I saw late in the game about two minutes ago when Joe gave you the stay focused sign. You kind of gave it back to him. I know that has been around a long time. How important it was not to get ahead of yourself and feel that Final Four right there.
COREY BREWER: You know, all year we have been talking about we have to stay focused because that's what's going to get us to the Final Four. We have been focused to this point.
We were just telling each other we have to stay focused two more minutes, we are going to Indianapolis. That's what we did. We are on the way to the Final Four.
Q. This question is for the four sophomores. You are pretty young, but did you watch the Fab Five when you were in college, and obviously something about you guys being sophomores, you come with poise and come with a lot of confidence, but it seems like there aren't many teams out there that are led by young players such as yourself.
AL HORFORD: I went to high school in Michigan, so I have heard of the Fab Five. They were a great team, and you know what I am saying. We just, you know what I am saying, I mean, I have heard of them. That's the question. I know they are an outstanding team, but we are a different team.
JOAKIM NOAH: I don't know anything about them. I just know that Chris was on that team, and Jalen Rose, but whatever. The Gators boys are hot right now, so no comparisons, but we are very happy to be in the Final Four right now, and just taking possession by possession, game by game, and hopefully we get a nice little ring in Indianapolis.
TAUREAN GREEN: That team Chris Webber called a time-out. That's about all I remember.
COREY BREWER: Me, too. They called a time-out on TV. I seen it. Fab Five started baggy shorts. That's all I know.
JOAKIM NOAH: They had nice kicks, too.
Q. Taurean and Corey, would you talk about the job you had to do defensively on Ray and Foye and Lowry.
LEE HUMPHREY: Coach did a great job with the scouting report and made us aware of what he wanted us to do. We thought Foye and Ray were shooting 3-pointers, and we want to make them take tough 2s.
We thought Lowry's strength was getting to the basket. The best way is to back off a little bit and contain him off the dribble. We collectively, as a unit, did a good job executing the game plan.
TAUREAN GREEN: We knew that Ray, Foye, they were 3-point shooters. We knew that Foye wasn't a good one-on-one player, so we tried to contain him and make him take tough shots and stay up on Ray and just try to make him make tough 2s, like he said.
Q. Joakim, can you address the fact that people didn't think you were going to do much this year, except you guys.
JOAKIM NOAH: It's a great feeling when you have a lot of doubters and prove them wrong. I think it made us a tighter unit at the end of the day, but I think that even throughout the season we have been through so many different experiences, winning 17 in a row and losing 3 in a row. It's all about like when you are young, and you don't play in those situations, you just don't know. So I think that the more we play through these situations, I think the better we are going to become.
Q. Actually maybe Taurean can answer this: David had not played much in the post season, some mock-up time. You needed him to come in and give you some minutes today with the foul trouble. You talk about trying to keep him fired up and keep him focused.
TAUREAN GREEN: David hasn't gotten the playing time that he wants, but he has accepted that and we tell him every day, you know, you have got to be ready to go regardless. Anything can happen, you know.
Coach told us today he didn't know what to expect. Corey got in foul trouble and David came in, did a great job, and just stepping in and defending Foye, yeah. He just did good things for our team and gave us an extra boost when Corey was in foul trouble.
JOAKIM NOAH: He has been working hard, too. During the week off he got extra individuals with the assistant coaches. I definitely want to say, as a teammate, I am really proud of a guy who wasn't able to play as much as he wanted to, but he is not giving up. It is just a sign of his strength mentally, like we definitely needed him today, and just him being ready and working, doing a little bit extra to help the team just shows what kind of person and what kind of character this team really has.
Q. This is for Joakim. What were your thoughts going into the game as far as Villanova's match-up problem with you? Did you know that they didn't have anyone to match up with you?
JOAKIM NOAH: First, when the assistant coach, when Coach Grant put the personnel together, you should see that film. If you are not on edge after that personnel tape, then there is going to be a problem because it's scary when you see what those guys can do, especially when you are putting kind of like a highlight film of certain individuals. I don't know what ours looks like, but I wish I could see it. Villanova's is pretty scary. I mean, we were definitely on edge, but you have to be ready for battle at all times.
Q. Joakim, you mentioned about proving the doubters wrong. Suddenly you are going to a Final Four. You guys may be considered the favorite now. How do you all react to that?
JOAKIM NOAH: If we worried about as many things -- if we worried about the things that you guys worried about, our heads would really explode. I think that we realized that we can't worry about what people are saying and we just have to stick together and play basketball the way we know how we are capable of playing.
So it's great when you have a lot of praise, but at the same time you have to stay level-headed, stay humble and be hungry, be poor, be driven. P-H-D.
THE MODERATOR: Thanks for that. We will take questions for Coach Donovan.
Q. Billy, would you talk about the game plan and how it kind of unfolded defensively for you.
COACH DONOVAN: Well, you know, coming into this regional Anthony Grant, as Donnie Jones, once we found out after beating UW-Milwaukee, the amount of tape those guys watch and what they try to do, Donnie did a phenomenal job with Georgetown. They are about as hard a team you could possibly prepare for.
Anthony, and I think along with Larry, because Larry got involved in all of it and tried to help out as much as he can, but it was hard because Larry was watching BC. We didn't know who we were going to play if we beat Georgetown. While Larry was watching BC, Anthony, I mean, he just did a phenomenal job breaking it down.
What I mean by that is he went about film a little bit differently. We try to show personnel and then we try to show what they run. What he ended up doing was he ended up taking every possession they had against BC so that our guys could get a feel of what they were trying to do. The hardest thing with them, with Ray and with Allan, is you can't do both. You cannot take away the 3 and guard them, and Foye is impossible.
In other words, our whole thing with them is, you know what, if they pull up jump shots in the lane, they take runners in the lane, and we are giving up 2, we are going to live with that. But we are not living with 3s.
I think what happened was Anthony, it was over an enormous amount of film-watching, a lot of preparation, a lot of time that went into that, and I think against Georgetown Donnie Jones was creative in a lot of different ways as was Anthony.
It wasn't anything -- see, when you are breaking down a team and you have one day to prepare, you can't overwhelm your guys with so much stuff that they are out there thinking. You have to get it really where they understand this is what we have got to do, and it's simple to them. I think Anthony did a great job today breaking it down that way for those kids.
Q. The big picture, two Final Fours in seven years now. Is that a pretty good answer for those people you talked about yesterday who advised you not to take this job 10 years ago?
COACH DONOVAN: You know, I have said this before, one is I am very, very happy I took on the challenge at Florida, but it makes you realize when you are at a place like this, there are so many other people that are involved other than me being a head coach. You have got a great, great group of assistant coaches, a great training staff, great administration. There is a lot of things that go into, I think, trying to build up a program.
I can be the head coach and be a leader, but there are a lot of people who go through this experience every year that don't get any recognition that play a major role in all of this. The one thing -- and the reason I did come to Florida is I just felt like, administratively, there was going to be a strong commitment to basketball. They were going to try to provide the resources necessary to compete with some of the better teams that were out there.
You know, we had great fans, great environment, home court. I think that, you know, it has been a lot of work, but it has also been rewarding in a lot of ways.
Q. Billy, you're coming back to Indianapolis, and you had a lot of NCAA disappointment in six years, and now you are coming back with a pretty young team. Just talk about the -- how this team came together and any harmony coming back to Indianapolis?
COACH DONOVAN: I really believe this, and I view things differently. During the NCAA Tournament, if you get knocked out, there is always disappointment, and sometimes we look at it as, well, if you get to the Sweet 16, Elite Eight or do this or that, it's okay. To me, whether you lose in the second round or lose in the Sweet 16 or lose in the Final Four, the goal is to keep playing until the last possible day and hopefully end your season on a win.
So I have really never been a big believer in buying into -- well, you know, you have got to make a deep run into the tournament. The big thing with the NCAA Tournament, in my opinion, is you have got to get in it on a consistent basis to do something special. That's really what it comes down to.
You know what, it ended disappointingly for us in Indianapolis five years ago. It was a great experience, but it doesn't take away the hurt of being that close and have an opportunity to play for it all and be on the winning side.
We played a great Michigan State team that was better than us that night. To me, I view it differently. I look at North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona. The trick is you have to get in on a consistent basis. That's the whole trick because if you don't get in, you can't do anything.
So, to me, you know, what I am just as much happy about is that for the last eight years we have been in every year. You know what over an eight-year period we went to a Sweet 16, been to our second Final Four and, you know what, we have gotten knocked out the first and second round a lot. That's what this tournament is about. That's what it's about.
So, to me, I am much, much more interested in getting in every single year and giving yourself a chance to do something. I think too much is made of how deep you go. I am going to tell you one thing right now, I would much, much rather have gotten knocked out the first or second round five, six straight years, and have an opportunity to go back and win it all.
To me, it's not a lot of difference. When you lose, you lose. We are excited about going back there. I am just disappointed that maybe it hasn't been in Indianapolis every single year.
Q. Billy, Villanova got it to 3. Taurean made a couple of shots, head-on bank shot with 2 on the clock, and later on in that run he pulls up and takes a 3 with 26 on the clock. I wondered if you obviously remember those shots, just how big they were, and how much of an impact they had. They didn't get another good shot at you the rest of the game.
COACH DONOVAN: I think our basketball team is -- one of the things that we have to get better at, and we don't have it, is we are not a basketball team that understands all the time how to attack with a level of discernment and decision-making. We have had some games where our guys stay aggressive, but they sometimes don't understand how to back it up and still -- when you are up by 11, 12, 13, with 2 to go, and you know they are going to pressure you, you want to attack them for lay-ups and dunks and fouls.
You don't want to attack and take quick shots. At the same point, when Villanova started coming back, I thought it was important that we keep and maintain a level of aggressiveness. That's what I have tried to do with these kids this year, is not have them where they are worried about fear of oh, my gosh, they are making a run and we have to screen better. No, we have to be aggressive, and they are good decision-makers, play unselfishly, and we have been able to play as a unit together.
But I really think Taurean's bank shot was a big shot. I thought Lee Humphrey's shot for 3 was big in the second half. Villanova made some big shots last game against BC. BC made some big shots against Villanova. Corey Brewer made some big shots against Georgetown. You need someone big to make shots like that once in a while.
Q. When this season began, what did you really think you had? Did you think that this was feasible with as much youth and experience as you had?
COACH DONOVAN: To start this tournament over again, I may not be sitting up here, you know. It is a one-shot game, one-shot deal. Sometimes the "best" teams don't always advance on in the NCAA Tournament. That's why there are so many ups and downs, and that's why there are upsets, because there is one game. One game, you don't play well that particular night, you are going to go home.
This team, starting the season I felt, as a coach, had all the team makeup. They were unselfish. They wanted to win. They wanted to learn, wanted to work, wanted to get better. I didn't know if we had enough experience that we would be able to win basketball games, and a number of basketball games, because they had never been through it before. I made this comment back in January or February when we lost three in a row, I said it's good for our team because it is helping them figure out how to win.
We didn't figure out how to win basketball games when we were 17-0 because we were always winning by 12, 14, 15, 18 points and they didn't understand a missed block-out, a broken defensive assignment, giving up 3-point shots could cause us to lose.
Those three losses late helped our team. But I really felt like this team would play hard, play together and give me everything they have. They have done that. We have been fortunate it has carried over to Ws.
Q. Billy, I apologize if you were asked this. This is the first time since 1980 a number 1 seed has not made it to the Final Four. I am just curious if you think that's reflective of what's happening in college basketball.
COACH DONOVAN: Well, I mean this with all the compliment you could probably give a program, possibly give a program, we have entered a stage right now in college basketball where 15 years ago it would have been maybe totally no way a team like George Mason could go to a Final Four.
It just goes to show you how many good coaches there are out there, how many good players there are out there. On any given night anybody can beat anybody. George Mason certainly has proven that in this NCAA Tournament over the last two weeks.
We, as coaches, use the word parody or whatever word you want to use, the closeness of how this thing works out. I think sometimes people get so wrapped up in this guy outcoached this guy, this guy outplayed that guy. It's not about that. It really isn't.
Sometimes it comes down to fluke plays. North Carolina won a national championship, and the program got decimated with early departures, and they had a fabulous year.
George Mason has been on a fabulous run. Jim is a Providence college grad, I have known him a while, happy for him and his program.
When you get into the NCAA Tournament, if you restarted the program over again, you would have different teams. That's what happens when you play a one-shot deal.
Q. Joakim did not score for a 25-minute stretch, didn't even hardly touch it on offense. Was this a topic of discussion on your bench and what was going on?
COACH DONOVAN: You know, Bob, it was. We talk a lot about that. The problem is you have to give Villanova credit because of their guards and the way they front and play defense. I felt like the foul trouble with Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, we had to play David and Lee Humphrey at the point.
I felt their defensive pressure did not allow us to get it inside to him. Villanova probably needs a little more credit. Once we settled in and were able to weather the foul trouble, I thought the second half we did a better job.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you, Coach.
THE MODERATOR: We are joined by Villanova head coach Jay Wright and student athletes Randy Foye and Allan Ray. Coach, if you could make an opening statement.
JAY WRIGHT: I want to first give Florida Gators and their team, coach the credit. They played an outstanding game. I mean, we ran into a team today that played better basketball than us today. I think we, obviously, can play a lot better, can shoot a lot better, but when that happens, usually the other team has a lot to do with that. They were really good.
Joakim Noah was outstanding. We just -- we had a tough time disrupting them because he gave so much balance to them, and just kept them under control. I want to make sure -- I know we have to answer questions, but I want to make sure that our guys and our team feel great about this great season they have had and how I think they got everything out of what they had, and that's all we can ask of them.
We asked these guys to give he is everything they have. This team did. And care about each other, love each other, and they did. So we are going to suck up this hurt a little bit tonight, but I am going to make sure these guys feel real good about themselves. I am going to start working on that right after this.
THE MODERATOR: We will take questions for Randy and Allan.
Q. Randy, Allan, I know it is early for perspective, but can you just talk a little bit about how you are feeling right now and what you feel like you did accomplish in your career here.
RANDY FOYE: Right now it hurts like to know that we are not going to be able to play next week in the Final Four. Not even that, just knowing that when coach has the end-of-the-season meeting and gets ready for the individual work-outs, that the same class is not going to be here.
It is just hurt thinking about that. What we accomplished, I think that we accomplished a lot like in our four-year career here. At the beginning it was a struggle, but these last two years for the senior class and the junior class that they went through with us has been great.
ALLAN RAY: Like Randy said, this is going to hurt for a while, you know. If you look back at the year we had, you know, we can't be disappointed. We had a great year. We did a lot of good things. Just like he said, it just hurts, you know. We are going to look back later on and just look at all the good things we did throughout the year and we went out fighting today.
Q. Allan, you had a number of shots that went in and didn't stay down. Did you feel like you were getting good looks during the game or did they do something defensively to kind of you get you out of your comfort zone?
ALLAN RAY: I got a lot of good looks today. Like you say, a lot of them were in and out. It is part of the game, you know. It just wasn't falling for me today.
Q. Can you guys talk about when you came out, you hugged Coach Wright and had words exchanged. Can you share what you guys said to each other?
RANDY FOYE: I just told Coach Wright "Thanks for the ride, thanks for pushing me these four years for me being the man that I am today." He just told me just keep my head up and keep working hard, and he would always be there for me.
Q. Randy, could you just comment on Noah a little bit, your impressions of him. I noticed you were assigned to guard him at the beginning of the game, just his impact.
RANDY FOYE: His impact to the game is he brings like a ton of energy. He is always running the floor, always on the glass, offensive glass and defensive glass and he is out there. He is the leader. He is always out there talking to the points guard, talking to the point guard, he has to keep his head up. He is like the floor gym for them. He keeps everybody calm on the whole team out there.
Q. Randy, you did have it to 3 with 11:37 to go, you had just scored. In your mind, can you remember about the next three or four minutes what happened? Was it something you were doing that you couldn't do anymore? Did they do something? How do you feel about how it got away from you after that?
RANDY FOYE: After we cut it to 3, it is just like Florida is a great team, like all great teams are left, so we made a move, made a run to cut it to 3. Much credit to Florida, they did what they had to do on the offensive end and defensive end and turn it over and against us.
Q. This is for Randy and Allan. Allan, you said you had some decent looks, but it looked like both of you were working awfully hard for your shots, that you certainly didn't get one right away and you had to work a lot for them. Can both of you talk about that a little bit?
ALLAN RAY: The defense also did a great job. You can't take nothing away from Florida. Every shot was contested, you know. There were very few open looks. Florida did a great job in contesting our shots and make sure that we took tough shots.
RANDY FOYE: Just like Allan said, Florida did a great job finding our shooters, defending the 3-point line. Every time we took a shot, they made sure it was a contested shot.
Q. Allan, can you explain a little bit what happened on that technical foul after Nardi went in for a lay-up?
ALLAN RAY: Just a little pushing and shoving that went on and a couple words were exchanged.
Q. You guys pride yourselves on being able to rebound and stick with bigger teams rebounding. You guys weren't that big on the boards tonight. How do you explain that or account for that?
RANDY FOYE: When you look at the stats, they can make you upset. When you look back, you think what you could have done to change it, but you can't do nothing now because the game is over with. Florida, they are great. They are a great all-around team. Joakim Noah and Horford, they are just great on the glass.
THE MODERATOR: Allan, did you want to add to that?
ALLAN RAY: No.
THE MODERATOR: Questions for the student athletes.
Q. In a game like this you guys want to walk away and feel like you left everything on the floor. Do you leave the court feeling that way?
RANDY FOYE: Yeah, I feel that way. We never gave up. We were fighting to the end. Like he said, a lot of shots didn't fall, had a lot of bad breaks, but we can't blame no one but ourselves. We know we didn't do it. As far as a team, we feel like we left it out on the floor.
ALLAN RAY: Florida, they matched everything we did, you know. We made a run. They came out and stopped it, you know. If we missed a wide-open shot, they came down to score, the transition, they got the stops when they needed to, and they grabbed the big rebounds at the times that they did. Florida just did a great job today.
THE MODERATOR: Anything else for the student athletes? Okay. Randy, Allan, thank you.
Questions for coach.
Q. Coach, can you talk about Florida, obviously, having the four sophomores pretty much played with a lot of poise tonight. Have you seen a team like this this young play as well?
JAY WRIGHT: No, obviously, we have only gotten beat five times. They beat us pretty good. That is a good point, they did play with great composure. I think their team is very unselfish, and I think that adds to playing with composure when it's very obvious no one cares who gets the shots or the credit.
I also think Joakim Noah and even Horford, for big guys, they handle the ball against our pressure. That really helps guards with their composure because it was always an outlet. Anytime our guards got into their guards, it was always an outlet to one of the forwards. They made some more plays. I was very impressed with their composure.
Q. Jay, obviously, it was hard to score in the paint, especially in the first half. I am sure you credit Noah and Horford. What else factored in there?
JAY WRIGHT: I think in the first half we were getting to the rim and we were getting shots inside. Joakim Noah only had three blocked shots at half time, but I think he might have changed maybe five or six shots.
A lot of the plays where Kyle Lowry gets to the rim, fouls or scores, he was -- Joakim is long enough that he could just change his shot without fouling. Even Will Sheridan got in there a couple times, extra passes. You can tell when guys miss shots above the block, when the ball hits above the block, that means they are trying to get it over a shooter. He changed a lot of shots. You have Horford in there, too. They really did a good job of using their length to change shots.
Q. How much can you see frustration level-wise?
JAY WRIGHT: We talked about that at half time. I said he has three blocked shots. Keep taking them. If he blocks them, he blocks them. Don't change shots. That's easy to say as a coach. When you are a player, you know, you go by your instincts. You go to put it up, you see a big guy there, you lost it higher. That's where I think he is good.
I think both of them, there were a number of times in the second half where we drove, drew him, dumped it to Will Sheridan and Jason Fraser, and he recovered and blocked that shot. So he is a unique player. He is -- there is not many like him. I don't remember anybody that good defensively and offensively in the perimeter and the post.
Q. Jay got 73 shots before the game. If you knew you were going to get 73 shots, you have to figure you are going to win this game, right?
JAY WRIGHT: It's what we try to do. We try to get our shooters shots and take care of the basketball. We only had six turnovers. You know, at this point in the season you are playing against great teams. You have your -- you get your small chances. Getting it back to 5 at half time, I thought as poorly as we shot the ball, I thought we couldn't shoot it as poorly in the second half, as was mentioned earlier, and we got it to 3 and I thought, okay, we are not making shots, we are battling, we are at 3. Now we are going to get this.
We had a couple looks. We had an open 3 that went in and out, and we had another break-away that we missed. I think somebody blocked it or changed the shot, and then that was your chance. When you don't get that against a great team, then they got an and-1 and I just -- you know, you only get so many opportunities in a game like this, and we had them and didn't take advantage of them and they closed us out.
Q. Jay, I was wondering if you could talk about the technical and how it seemed also at that point in the game it was back and forth, and it sort of took the momentum out of your hands and it seemed like it put it in theirs.
JAY WRIGHT: Yeah, it did. It was a big turnaround because we had the ball. I still don't understand what was called there. I never got a clear explanation. I think they are correct. I just didn't understand it. But we had a break-away, a foul was called, then the technical was called and they got the ball back. And they hit a 3. Brewer hit a 3.
That's early in the game. Those things happen. They usually even out in the second half. You have to recover from that. That was early enough. If something like that happens late in the game -- but that was early enough. You have to recover from that. That's what good teams do. That's what happens all the time.
Q. Jay, I don't know if there has been a player in college basketball who has gone through what Jason has gone through, and he probably played the best game of his season today. I was wondering if you could just reflect on what it means for him to have come up the today the way he did.
JAY WRIGHT: I knew someone was going to ask that. I don't have an explanation for how he does what he does. You know, he spends so much time on his body to just get himself able to just be 75, 50 percent of the player he was. He works his butt off. He really made an impact today defensively and on the offensive glass, a lot of our missed shots, he retrieved and gave us extra opportunities.
He did a good job on Horford. I thought he did a good job, even though Horford is a heck of a player, but he was a presence. That's something we don't have unless we have him in there. Florida has two of those guys. Jason gave it to us tonight. I was really happy for him. He is a beautiful young man, and I know he will feel good about his last game.
Q. Jay, is Taurean Green an underrated asset for them?
JAY WRIGHT: Yeah, he probably is because, you know, you don't talk about him a lot, and he is very steady. He just controls the game, gives people the ball, and you have to guard him because he can drill 3s, and he made free throws down the stretch.
I think one of the unique things about Florida, even as good as Joakim Noah is, you can't say we are going to stop this guy. They are a team. Billy and I talked yesterday at practice about how much we both just love our teams, the kids. We love the kids. They love each other.
It is just a joy to coach them. You can see that preparing for them. We told the team going into the game we have to play a better team game than them because they play great team basketball. Taurean Green is one of those guys. He could be a guy that gets 19 threes up a game because he is that good of a shooter. He does whatever is necessary in that game. Having that weapon is valuable.
Q. Of course, not to harp on the technical, but did the official give you an explanation as to why you didn't get the free throw? That ended up being a 7-point swing.
JAY WRIGHT: They say it was a -- I still don't know if there was a foul called on the shot or if the guy -- I don't know if there was a foul called and we didn't get the ball or shoot fouls. Again, it was so early. That stuff, you know. You can recover from that early in the game easy. There could have been a play later in the game that went our way that we don't talk about because it went our way. Billy would probably tell you one of those.
If something like that happened at the end, we had plenty of time to recover from that. We still shot 24 percent from the field so -- that wasn't a big deal.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you, Coach.
JAY WRIGHT: Thank you guys.