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Billy Donovan Quotes

Billy Donovan
We have entered a stage right now in college basketball where 15 years ago, it would have been maybe totally no way George Mason could go to the Final Four. It just goes to show how many good coaches there are out there, how many good players there are out there. On any given night, anybody can beat anybody.
Billy Donovan
#Basketball

Billy Donovan
There might be some truth to (more pressure playing close to home). Kids say, 'There's so many people there I want to do so well,' so that can happen. If you're out in San Diego you're just kind of playing. (But) I don't think these guys will feel that way -- I hope they don't.
Billy Donovan
#Home

Billy Donovan
I've never gotten into any of that stuff. If we win basketball games, our seed will continue to improve. If we don't win basketball games, our seed will not improve.
Billy Donovan
#Basketball

Billy Donovan
These are the situations our guys need to be in for us to reach our full potential as a basketball team. I think a lot of people will focus on the last play, but you know what, with the way these guys battled, it's a shame to lose that way.
Billy Donovan
#Basketball

Billy Donovan
I think it's a great comparison. Bobby Jones was a great runner in transition, he was a great athlete on the floor. I believe as David continues to grow, his shooting will get better. He's a very versatile guy.
Billy Donovan
#Athlete

Billy Donovan
I'm fortunate to coach an unbelievable group of guys who have been totally selfless. They've been all about the team, and all about winning. ... I'm happy that I can be a part of the first-ever national championship.
Billy Donovan
#Coach

Billy Donovan
I don't know if we've played against teams as talented as teams we're playing against now. Playing hard, playing unselfish, doing all the right things, team-wise, is great. ... But it's not good enough to beat good teams.
Billy Donovan
#Hard

Billy Donovan
Our bench really did some good things, some encouraging things. That really kind of sparked our main guys when they came back in there late in the first half.
Billy Donovan
#Bench

Billy Donovan
Someone told me his comments after the game was he put blame on himself. That's wrong. If anything I hold myself more accountable than I would hold him. The only thing I told him in that situation is not get ahead of himself and say, I probably should have called time out. That's probably what we needed to do. But hopefully next time he'll be able to learn.
Billy Donovan
#Blame

Billy Donovan
I just felt like our guys were playing with blinders on. We weren't taking what the defense was giving us. I don't think our 3-point shots were that bad in the first half.
Billy Donovan
#Defense

Billy Donovan
With the age limit, I think you're going to continually make college basketball very young. Some kids handle it better than others. ... It makes it very challenging, very, very, very difficult.
Billy Donovan
#Age And Aging

Billy Donovan
I don't know about him for next game. It's inside his lip. He's probably going to have to get it stitched up.
Billy Donovan
#Game

Billy Donovan
Hopefully, the success we have had this year and in the past is something that kids can look at and say, Florida is very competitive nationally and inside their league.
Billy Donovan
#Kids

Billy Donovan
I feel bad for these kids that the past has to be brought up to them. Some of them weren't even here. Some of them weren't even playing. The only constant is me. I just hope people write about these kids today.
Billy Donovan
#Kids

Billy Donovan
I felt bad for these kids. The past kept being brought back to them. They weren't part of it. They had nothing to do with Manhattan or Creighton.
Billy Donovan
#Kids

Billy Donovan
I was getting frustrated watching balls go up from the three-point line, when those guys are standing 1-on-1 in the post with a guy 6-6 guarding them. It's hard sometimes. I'm constantly preaching to (Green and guard Lee Humphrey), 'When you're open, let it go.' Sometimes you have to change your thought processes.
Billy Donovan
#Balls

Billy Donovan
I thought our basketball team, it was a great lesson for them. The great equalizer in college basketball is the three-point shot.
Billy Donovan
#Basketball

Billy Donovan
They started to understand that playing hard isn't enough. I think that stretch helped them understand that there was another piece to winning.
Billy Donovan
#Hard

Billy Donovan
I've been here 10 years and its a special place, an opportunity as great as any in college basketball. But tonight is not about me. It's about these young men.
Billy Donovan
#Basketball

Billy Donovan
We're sitting up here as national champions, but I don't necessarily believe we're the best team. In a one-shot deal like this, I've been on both sides. I've been heartbroken, and now we're national champions.
Billy Donovan
#Believe

Billy Donovan
The last time we played Tennessee, I thought it was a great basketball game. Both teams played well. It was a tie score with 20 seconds to go. Both teams played a pretty balanced game. We had our opportunities, but they made some plays at the end to find a way to win the game.
Billy Donovan
#Basketball

Billy Donovan
Ever since the Georgia game [Jan. 7], our team hasn't been healthy.
Billy Donovan
#Game

Billy Donovan
Our basketball team this year has played with energy; they've played with passion and enthusiasm. And this time of year, those things will keep you around and keep you in the game, but they're not good enough to win the game.
Billy Donovan
#Basketball

Billy Donovan
No one likes losing, but it's great for our basketball team to go through this. It is great because they need this. I really believe the difference was our experience as a basketball team in relation to their experience.
Billy Donovan
#Basketball

Billy Donovan
We're still very much a work in progress, but those are the type of kids we've got. They lack experience and some of their growth will occur by going through certain experiences [such as losses at Tennessee and South Carolina after a 17-0 start]. But they are hungry.
Billy Donovan
#Experience

Billy Donovan
It's a new day, a new season, a new opportunity for both basketball teams.
Billy Donovan
#Basketball

Billy Donovan
Right now, Tennessee is a team that's in control of its destiny.
Billy Donovan
#Control

Billy Donovan
We missed a lot of easy baskets and missed a lot of opportunities. We had decent looks and couldn't convert in a lot of situations.
Billy Donovan
#Baskets

Billy Donovan
The thing that gave me the most enjoyment on the bench is that I've never seen so many players at one time wanting to see him do it, wanting to see him grab a rebound or get an assist or score. I've never seen anything like that.
Billy Donovan
#Bench

Billy Donovan
I thought Chris Lofton had a phenomenal night. He made some very difficult shots with people hanging on him. But that is the type of shooter he is, so you have got to give him a lot of credit. We (Florida) did a pretty good job defending them - they only shot 31 percent from the 3-point line - but he certainly made tough ones.
Billy Donovan
#Night