The three-seed Florida Gators (27-7) advanced to the round of 32 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament with a 79-47 take down of the 14-seed Northwestern State Demons (23-9) at the Erwin Center in Austin, TX. After the game, head coach Billy Donovan and seniors guard Kenny Boynton and forward Erik Murphy met with the media to discuss what transpired on Friday evening.
The 11-seed Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the six-seed UCLA Bruins in the South Region’s final game of the second round on Friday. UF and Minnesota will go head-to-head on Sunday for the opportunity to advance to the Sweet 16. The Gators are 0-1 all-time against the Golden Gophers (falling 66-74 in the 1993 NIT) and Donovan is 10-14 all-time against head coach Tubby Smith (but holds a 6-0 record against his long-time foe in the last six meetings).
The game is set for 6:10 p.m. (EDT) on TNT. Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (color commentator) and Otis Livingston (sideline reporter) will be on the call.
Donovan, explaining what went right and wrong for Florida on Friday:
“The thing I was disappointed about in the first half was our defense; we did not do a great job. They shot over 50 percent from the field and I think 45 percent from three. And we did a much, much better job [in the second half]. I think some of that is when you’re playing a team for the first time and you haven’t really seen them before, there’s a little bit of an adjustment period, probably. And I thought our guys adjusted pretty well coming out of the half defensively.
“Then I thought we really defended well in the second half. We established inside. I thought Patric Young and Erik gave us really good post presence where we could get the ball and do good things around the basket. And I thought our back court and Kenny did a good job of finding them and getting them the ball. So it was a good win considering the fact that we came out of maybe a little bit of a slow half.”