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Antonya English

Revenge, payback not the motivation Billy Donovan is looking for vs. Arkansas

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February

There are a multitude of reasons the Florida basketball team should want to defeat Arkansas when the two meet Saturday night.

Payback? Revenge?

Those shouldn't be among them, UF coach Billy Donovan said.

Arkansas handed Florida it's first conference loss three weeks ago - an 11-point loss that wasn't really that close. But Saturday night's game shouldn't be about getting payback for the loss, Donovan said, because there's nothing to gain.

"I have never been a big believer in payback,'' Donovan said. "I don’t know what that means. What do you get back? This is the next game that is in front of us. Maybe if they said 'Listen if you win the game they'’re going to give you the (previous) game', maybe we’ll have payback. I don’t see the point of payback."

Well, then, what about just wanting to beat the heck out of the Razorbacks in similar fashion as they did the Gators?

"Hopefully our guys would want to do that regardless who they'’re playing against,'' Donovan said. "We’re playing in the SEC right now. We’re in first place. I hope our motivation would be bigger than that. We’ve got a lot that we’re playing for. They’re playing for a lot too''

"We have to learn from last game," he added. "We have to look at things we can do better, things they hurt us in, things we can work to get better from the game. But if our focus is we’re going to focus on what happened there, what do we need to do. You lose sight of what you need to do in the game. That'’s the most important thing, what do we need to do?"

The game is sold out, but will be televised nationally on ESPNU at 7 p.m.



[Last modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 3:16pm]

    

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