Postgame Quotes vs. Florida
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Feb. 16, 2013

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Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee

On his thoughts on the game...

"We just played one of the best teams in the country. That is my thought. We played a veteran, experienced team and they proved why they are one of the best teams in the league and in the country. I told our guys I was disappointed in the overall defensive intensity and attention to detail. You have to learn against playing from teams like that. They have a veteran group now that has been doing it together for a couple of years, so you see why they play with such chemistry on the offensive and defensive end of the floor. You want to put up a better effort against a team that is that good, especially in front of a great crowd like it was today."

On being 7-7 at home this year...

"I don't know."

On being pleased with the effort...

"I was with some guys, but not collectively as a group. We played collectively against Alabama and against Kentucky and we haven't since, collectively. I have some guys that are playing their butts off and are still fighting for this team and I am going to go with those guys, even if it is freshmen."

On how Florida closed out possessions...

"They make you look bad. They are a very good team. They have great guard play. They have two big guys who know their roles and do their job. It is obvious why they are one of the best teams in the country and in our conference. It is very simple."

On sitting Rob Chubb the entire second half...

"I think Rob is still fighting. He just isn't very good right now. What can I say? He is not very good. He isn't getting it done."

On Jordon Granger and Brian Greene Jr. getting more minutes in future games...

"Possibly. I will go back and evaluate the tape and see how hard they fought and how attentive they were to the things we were trying to get done out there."

On how the team has lost nine of 10 games...

"We are still fighting and playing hard. It is not like we have been blown out in all nine games. We had our opportunities against Ole Miss and at Georgia. Obviously this isn't horseshoes and hand grenades. We aren't here to get close. We are here to win. We have had our opportunities. Today, we just ran into a buzz saw in one of the best teams in the conference. It is what it is. We have to figure out how to play these last six games, four of which are at home, with a little more confidence, especially given at home. They are a good team and they make shots, but I thought we had our opportunities early, but when you miss layups and easy shots, it is hard to compete."

On if this game shows how far Auburn has to go to compete at the top of the SEC...

"This is one of the best leagues in the country, and it is no secret that this was a severe rebuilding job when I took it. I knew that. When you take one of those jobs in a league that is this good and this deep, it is not an overnight fix. It is what it is. We have to continue to build and grow. I think we have a lot of talented but inexperienced guys in this program that we have to get better. I am really excited about the group we have coming. Where we are starting and where the top of the league is, is a big gap. We are trying to close that gap."

Auburn Player Quotes

Frankie Sullivan, G, Sr.

On coming off the bench...
"It's no problem for me coming off the bench. I really don't tend to let that affect how I play the game, or my passion for the game. I just hate losing, that's it. It's sick to me to lose like that. I don't think that's in my nature, or culture to lose like that. It's just disappointing."

On trying to do too much...
"It's just mental mistakes. One time I should have passed the ball to Allen instead of trying to break the press myself. The second time, I think was Allen again. He came up and I threw it over his head. I threw it too hard. I think it's just mental mistakes. It's still no excuse for turning the ball over."

On turnovers in the first half...
"We were just making mistakes. Everybody was pressuring us, and we were doing pretty good. We usually don't turn the ball over in the half-court, but for some reason today we were turning the ball over on their press. I think it's just mental mistakes, and more of us than them."

On where the season's gone wrong...
"If I knew the answer I would try to fix it right away, because it's getting to a point that it's getting redundant and embarrassing after every game. That's not what you want from your career."

On losing to Florida...
"Florida's a great team. You can't make the mistakes that we made on them. They're not going to breakdown too many times. Offensively, they're a very sound team. I think that's something you have to take into context when you're playing a team like that. We didn't do it today. You have to limit your turnovers. You can't have 14 or 15 turnovers and expect to stay in the game with these people."

On how far Auburn is from being in the upper part of the SEC...
"A long ways right now, it's a long ways. When you have guys breaking down, three guys to the max every time on offense and defense. You've got a long ways to go. I think that we are showing it when we play teams like this, but I think you get to a point now that you just have to fight and have pride."

On being on the wrong side of a barrage of 3-pointers...
"It's tough. We knew they could shoot like that. That's their bread and butter. That's what they go to when they have great guards shooting the basketball. It was a tough night. Once it gets going for them it's hard to get them to stop."

Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan

On the ball movement...
"I thought in the game they were really trying to go inside to Rob Chubb early and establish him. I thought Patrick Young and Erik Murphy did a pretty good job of playing the half without fouling and I thought we did a good job of helping from the perimeter to get down inside to provide some help. I thought that they did a really good job of converging in on the post. It's really hard to get to the basket with the way they play. What was open in the game was the perimeter and the ball movement, and we did a really good job of making the extra pass. We had 25 assists in the game, but you don't get 25 assists unless the ball goes in the basket, and the ball went in the basket for us. I was very pleased with Patric Young, and what I mean by that is that he only took three shots. He didn't get a lot of touches. They really converged on him. They were very physical around the basket, but a lot of times he occupied two or three people, which enabled some other guys to be open. Obviously, Mike Rosario shot it very well in the first half, and Michael Frazier shot it well too. Erik Murphy made some threes. We shot 15 for 30 from the 3-point line. We shot a lot of threes and when we're shooting like that it's hard to beat a team."

On Mike Rosario...
"I thought he was very good. I thought he took great shots. I thought he could have had the same kind of half in the second half. We were just a little bit too loose. I think we started the second half where Murphy trailed and knocked down a three and the next possession Rosario had a wide open one that he didn't make. He could have had a huge second half in my opinion. I thought he was really engaged and locked in and did a good job defensively."

Florida Player Quotes

Kenny Boynton, Sr., G

On matching Auburn's intensity from the get go... "I think we did a great job setting the tone. We started off 13-3. I think every loose ball we tried to get, and we did a great job at attacking it. I think defensively we had a good day. Offensively we had a great day too. The numbers were good. Mike Frazier was 6-for-7 from the two point. It was a good offensive day for our whole team. I think they (Auburn) collapsed on Pat (Young) and (Erik) Murphy trying to take them out of the game, and it opened up things for us."

On conducting business in games they are expected to win... "Outside looking in, you are supposed to win, but it is much harder to win than you think. A good team in Ole Miss came here and struggled. We just did a great job of throwing the first punch. You have got to get the road wins as many as you can. We have to look forward now to Missouri. They are a great team winning by 20 points or more at home. We just have to do a great job of focusing on the next team."

Mike Rosario, RSr., G

On his reverse layup...
"I tried to stay in the lane and control my body because I knew it was going to be physical, and they were going to bump me in the air. I just tried to stay grounded and keep my body under control to finish the layup."

On setting the tone early and taking the crowd out of the game...
"It was big especially giving the team the first punch on the road. We were just making a statement from the beginning of the game knowing it was going to be a 40 minute game. I feel like going on the road and performing like this is hard for some teams. We have a target on us being one of the top teams in the country and the conference number one. I just feel like that takes a lot of concentration as a team to go on the road and get a victory like this."

On balancing offensive aggressiveness...
"Just understanding the game and knowing that I am out on the floor and knowing when to shoot and when not to shoot. Being in the right spot at the right time and I feel like when you do those things on the offensive end, it creates missteps for the defense. I feel like today I was doing a good job of that."

On accounting for the ball movement...
"At halftime, we had 13 assists and five or six turnovers. On the road, we had nine turnovers for the whole game, and that's really good especially playing an aggressive team like Auburn who creates steals off their defense and creates turnovers off their defense. I felt like we were strong with the ball and made good decisions of making each other better today."

On the defense taking it away inside...
"That is one thing that coach pointed out to us back in the locker room after the game. Some nights are going to be different guys nights, and I felt like (Erik) Murphy and Pat (Young) gave a really good presence in the front court down low so we had shots outside for the guards. We took advantage of that and took good ones."