Jan. 23, 2014
Box Score |
Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant
“You have to give [Florida] credit. They are a great basketball team. They are the sixth-ranked team in the country for a reason. If you look at the numbers on the glass, that was the difference in the game. We played an extended possession zone tonight, but they were able to step up and make some shots. [Michael] Frazier was able to get himself free for some looks. We tried to limit his opportunities. We didn’t have the urgency that we needed and he got too many looks. We gave ourselves a chance though.”
Senior Guard, #12 Trevor Releford
On Florida’s clutch three-point shooting affecting momentum:
“Those threes hurt our momentum. Give credit to Florida. We just gave (Michael) Frazier his confidence, and when you give a shooter like him confidence, he just kept letting it go.”
On how the absence of Retin Obasohan affected Florida’s defensive scheme:
“Retin (Obasohan) being gone helped them, but every team in SEC play has tried to shut him down. Retin definitely could have helped us if he was out there. We missed him tonight. Hopefully we can get him back for next game and go from there.”
Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan
“I thought they would play some zone against us so we had spent some time on that. I thought we had some really good ball movement, but there was a point at the end of the half where half of our shots were three-pointers. I really wasn’t that disappointed because we got the ball to the middle of the floor several times and we got the ball to the basket.
They did a good job collapsing on Young and our guys in the front court so what was open was the perimeter. We made some shots, we moved the basketball pretty well, we had fairly decent number of assists and we didn’t turn it over a lot. One of the things I knew would be the difference in the game, especially at home, is that they shoot about 38 percent from three. We did a good job of defending the three-point line. We didn’t shoot an off-the-chart percentage but we did make ten threes and that helped us against the zone."
On his relationship with Anthony Grant:
“Obviously, as a coach he is one of my best friends. Without him, our program probably doesn’t experience two national championships and two conference championships. Without him, guys like Haslem and Brent Wright, maybe they are here, maybe they are not. He was very, very impactful in recruiting David Lee. I think him being a Florida guy from Miami really allowed us to establish ourselves recruiting in the state.
Anytime you are playing against a really close friend that you respect and admire and have a close relationship with, it is always difficult. I think the lead up part of the game for me is much worse than the actual game. When the game is going on, you’re just dealing with your team and you are looking at Alabama’s team. When you walk off the court and shake hands, one of us is going to be disappointed.
One thing I respect about him is that there is nothing competitively that is going to get in the way of our relationship. Neither of us would let that happen. We are both going to compete against each other as hard as we can, but at the end of the day the relationship that has been established over a twenty year period is something meaningful to both of us. Anthony was with me at Marshall when we were twenty eight years old and now we are forty eight years old. There have been a lot of things us and our families have gone through together so these games are always difficult.”
Senior Forward, #24 Casey Prather
On the senior class getting their 100th win:
“It was very special. It’s a great accomplishment. It humbles us knowing that we have so far to go, but we have also come so far since our freshman year. We’re just going to enjoy this win tonight.”
On making adjustments in the second half:
“We knew we had to get the ball deep into the zone in order to get good shots at the basket. For the most part, I think we did a good job with that in the second half.”
On Michael Frazier II being able to make shots:
“It was very important. When you have a shooter like Frazier, you have to respect him. It opens up gaps for me, Kasey Hill, and Scottie Wilbekin to drive, get in the lane, and make baskets.”
Sophomore Guard, #20 Michael Frazier II
On what Coach Donovan told him to do when the team was struggling:
“We struggled to get it going in the first half, but they just told me to keep shooting, so I did.”
On what the mindset was throughout the game:
“Our coaches were just telling us that we were going to have to run, and that’s what we did. We knew we needed to get stops, move the ball and then get good shots. Even if they weren’t going in every time, we were able to get good looks and that’s all you really can do.”