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Postgame Quotes: Vols 75, #8/7 Florida 70



Feb. 11, 2012

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Tennessee Head Coach Cuonzo Martin
(On the win)
"It's a good feeling. My approach to road games is always the same. I told the guys in shootaround this morning that today I felt like it was the first time we were able to win a road game. We had the necessary pieces and the necessary mindset to win the game. Before, we weren't mentally ready. I let our guys know we could win our road games."

(On change in mentality for this game)
"The walk-throughs, the mentality, and I think we've gotten better as a team in SEC play. We made the strides at home to get better as a team."

Junior Forward Jeronne Maymon
(On the win)
"It has really given us a good boost, especially the way we were practicing and preparing the whole week to play against a top-ranked SEC opponent.

"It was all about getting good position, blocking out as a team and making sure Patric Young didn't get too many rebounds. We made sure our three, four and five guards crashed the boards throughout the game."

Junior Forward Kenny Hall
(On the game)
"Florida is a good team so we had to get up and match the intensity the entire game. This is one of the most impressive wins of the season. We got on them early and made sure we had the lead for most of the game."

(On moving forward)
"Our confidence and swagger is at an all-time high. We're going to enjoy this victory and then focus on our next opponent (Arkansas)."

Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan
(On the game)
"For the last couple of weeks I have not been pleased. I don't know if it's focus or what it is, but I thought the difference in the game for me today was pretty simple: Tennessee has a lot of veteran guys, a lot of experience and a lot of talent. But a lot of these guys on their team were back-up guys last year and I think their team was hardened going through last year. Our guys are not hardened enough right now."

(On the team)
"Because of our limited depth, we need to practice better; we need to be more on edge; we need to take everything to a different level. We haven't done that yet."

(On if the team is at a crossroads)
"I don't know if it's a crossroads as much as it is a, `Who are we and who do we want to be?' kind of thing."

Junior Guard Kenny Boynton
(On Tennessee sweeping the Gators this season)
"Last year we beat them three times. This year they learned from that. They came out and played hard. Right now they are playing tougher and that is our fault. We have to come out and play tough."

(On lack of intensity at practice)
"That is a mental thing with us. You have to come out as a team. If we want to win we have to work and I don't think we are working right now in practice. I think that is just a team thing - we have to come in and work."

Freshman Guard Bradley Beal
(On the game)
"We didn't compete at all really. Our defensive principles were bad again. We really were focused and weren't getting on offense at all; just jacking up shots. We weren't focused mentally throughout the whole game. It started in practice a couple of days ago and really showed today."

(On lack of depth due to injuries)
"That was difficult, but at the same time it is not an excuse because we go through situations like this in practice - guys get hurt and somebody has to step in. Everybody has to be ready to play and we just have to work with what we have."

 

 

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