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  • This isn't about me, but about all the people that have had an active role. It's about Jeremy Foley Florida athletic director, the three presidents of Florida in the past 10 years, and the fans and players who have shared in our fortune. This is my fourth time in the Final Four two as a head coach, one as a player and one as an assistant, and I've been blessed.
    (Billy Donovan)

  • Self-inflicted wounds. I knew it was going to be this kind of a game. I told our team we're going to have to grind it out and win ugly.
    (Billy Donovan)

  • When I looked at it, I thought it was pretty serious. That's something that we'll have to be careful with. We have an off-day (Sunday) and then we'll re-evaluate it.
    (Billy Donovan)

  • I was really hoping no one saw that, ... Thank God he didn't have any rings on. Wrong place at the wrong time. He got me pretty good, too.
    (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)


  • Tennessee has been hardened by all those losses in the past, and now Bruce has brought in hope.
    (Billy Donovan)

  • He doesn't want this. He wants to spread it around. He doesn't view himself as a celebrity.
    (Billy Donovan)

  • As a coach, I can't put the ball in the hole for them. But what I can try to do is put them in the best position to take advantage of the talent level they have that they can make plays ... Right now, we have a bunch of guys that are unproven in that area so I'm going to try to eliminate any focus on them worrying about scoring.
    (Billy Donovan)

  • I know a lot of people are so excited for George Mason. It's great for college basketball. Believe me, I'm mesmerized.
    (Billy Donovan)

  • I think you could see how hard it is to play back-to-back nights. I didn't like our defensive intensity in the first half. In the second half, we did a much, much better job.
    (Billy Donovan)

  • As a basketball team you have to go through it. They need it. The game came down to our inexperience on the basketball court to their experience.
    (Billy Donovan)

  • The big focus for us was the 3-point line. We really talked a lot about the 3-point line and trying to mix up double teams on Jai Lewis and Will Thomas and just keep them off balance.
    (Billy Donovan)

  • It's a hard play. He had two people with him and he was able to get in the lane and see the basket. He probably thought he had a good shot at it.
    (Billy Donovan)

  • We tried to make them score outside their offense. We gave up 10 offensive rebounds in the first half, but in the second half I felt like their frontcourt was fatigued.
    (Billy Donovan)

  • I think in the SEC tournament if you can get a bye that's always a great thing. It's certainly very hard playing four consecutive games in a row to win an SEC championship.
    (Billy Donovan)


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