Feb. 1, 2007
Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings
"Our guys that needed to shoot the ball well for us, did not shoot the ball well for us. Aside from Derek (Byars), we did not have a whole lot going offensively and I was disappointed to see us miss those free throws in the second half. But, this is a tough environment and a great team that we played. This will certainly be a learning experience for us."
On the press defense:
"(Florida) started making a run, and we made some ill-advised shots in the second half. We did a good job in the first half of getting the ball to the goal. They pressed us, which really worked to our advantage because we were able to get through the press and make shots at the other end. They didn't press us at all in the second half. They played very good half-court defense, and when they turn it up, they are hard to play. We played a little better than they did for 20 minutes, and they played quite a bit better than we did for 20 minutes."
On playing Florida in Nashville:
"We will have to play a lot better if we are ever going to beat them. I think they are the best team in the country. I really appreciate our guys' effort. I thought our guys played as hard as they could, and we got outplayed by a pretty wide margin in the second half. But, I don't think this game will impact the game at our place in any way, shape or form."
Senior Forward Derrick Byars
On the game:
"We knew we could not become complacent in the second half. Every time I watch them, they always make their strongest runs in the first four or five minutes of the second half. Unfortunately, everything went wrong for us and everything went well for them in the second half. That is why they are as good as they are."
On the second half:
"We started taking bad shots, forcing shots, taking panic shots. We lost our composure a little bit. Coach emphasized at halftime that they were offensively rebounding the ball well and that we had to cut down on that. They had missed some easy shots in the first half, but then they started making them and dunking it in the second half. Everything just went wrong for us. We just did not go out like we were supposed to."
Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan
On the first half:
"Give Vanderbilt a lot of credit. They are a strong, physical team. I thought they came out in the first half and played exceptional defense. I never thought our team really adjusted. I thought we tried to do a little too much offensively. I was actually happy to be only down 11, because we did such a good job guarding the three-point line that they only made two three-pointers in the first half. So, if you add a few more three-point shots, then next thing you know you're down 18 or 20 and it becomes difficult to win the game. So I think our guys did an exceptional job guarding the three-point line. Give our big guys a lot of credit - it's not easy chasing around their perimeter guys."
On the second half:
"In the second half, we shot 72 percent, so I thought our team did a good job adjusting to the way the game was going. I thought the biggest play in the game was their opening possession in the second half because they didn't score. It wasn't because we were playing good defense, but it enabled us to come down and have Taurean Green knock down a three. When we got six, seven points and were only down by four and there were still 17 minutes left, you knew we were right back in it."
Junior forward Al Horford
On the game overall:
"I feel like we weren't executing very well on offense, and it showed because we weren't getting enough good shots. Then, we made some adjustments and came out in the second half."
Billy Donovan's advice at half-time:
"He told us that we had to defend the three-point line. We did a good job of that in the first half, but we didn't execute on offense and get the best shot available."
On the second half:
"I think we came out flat offensively the first half and that affected our defensive game. In the second half, it was a new half and we wanted to come in strong on offense and really blow the game open."
Junior forward Joakim Noah:
On the defensive game:
"They had a smaller guy guarding me, which was frustrating. My back is really hurting right now, but we did what we had to do to keep the `W's' coming. We've got a big one on Saturday. "
"They were a very tough team. They played very physically, but it's all about wanting it more, and I feel like we always want it more."
Senior guard Lee Humphrey
On the game:
"The game started out with some good ball movement and got really physical, and that got us going. I think anytime we're doing that, we're doing a lot better than when we aren't being physical."
On shooting and the second half:
"It's kind of dangerous to turn it on and off. I think our energy was there, so we didn't give up too much. We were confident and we were shooting the ball pretty well. We got some good looks and moved the ball well. The pick and rolls in transition, we've been working on in practice everyday and they were working well tonight."
At halftime, we knew we had 20 more minutes to play and it's a long game. A lot can happen in 20 minutes, so we started really making sure every possession counted. Just go out, possession-by-possession, and start knocking the lead down."