Billy Donovan expects Gators to rebound quickly
After having their four-game SEC winning streak snapped in a one-point loss to Tennessee on Sunday, Florida coach Billy Donovan said he doesn't expect the Gators to sit around and feel sorry for themselves.
Florida began preparations today for its game at Alabama Thursday night, and Donovan's message was simple: it's time to move on.
"I think they have to,'' Donovan said. "Coming out of that game, we still have a lot of basketball to be played. We're not even at the halfway point of the season yet. and there's going to be a lot of games like that, and we've had a lot of games like that and we've been fortunate we've kind of been on the winning end of some of those games.''
The Gators have had two buzzer-beater victories this season, and Donovan said the Gators can't celebrate the last-second wins without embracing what can be learned from the last-second losses.
"We can’t, as a team, be hypocritical,'' he said. "We can’t come out of the South Carolina win or the N.C. State win and feel great about ourselves and everything is great. And then obviously when something like that happens to us on the negative end, come out and feel sorry for ourselves. If that’s the case, then we should not celebrate at all when we have a buzzer-beater. We shouldn’t celebrate because you can’t have it both ways. You can’t sit there and be all pumped up for practice and work hard, and then all of a sudden when it doesn’t go your way, you’re all the sudden very, very down. And I would be very, very disappointed if our guys came in and acted like that. I don’t get that sense from them. I think they are anxious to try to get back to work and try to work to improve on what we can improve on, and try to get better.''