Billy Donovan Quotes

billy donovan quotes

If I can’t expect someone to be accountable off the floor, how can I expect them to guard a pick and roll? Or get a rebound?

-Billy Donovan 

The big focus for us was the 3-point line. We really talked a lot about the 3-point line and trying to mix up double teams on Jai Lewis and Will Thomas and just keep them off balance.

-Billy Donovan 

False Hustle = cheap fouls, lunging, reaching, etc.

-Billy Donovan 

If one of my guys would have hauled off and punched somebody, that would be the story right now.

-Billy Donovan 

If you don’t feel you have something to prove every day, you’ll never improve.

-Billy Donovan 

I think in the SEC tournament if you can get a bye that’s always a great thing. It’s certainly very hard playing four consecutive games in a row to win an SEC championship.

-Billy Donovan 

Systems win! Believe in your system, and then sell it to your players.

-Billy Donovan 

This isn’t about me, but about all the people that have had an active role. It’s about Jeremy Foley Florida athletic director, the three presidents of Florida in the past 10 years, and the fans and players who have shared in our fortune. This is my fourth time in the Final Four two as a head coach, one as a player and one as an assistant, and I’ve been blessed.

-Billy Donovan 

I have no problem with anyone storming the court. But storm the court after the opposing team has gone to the locker room. Once the opposing team is out of the area, put them all (the fans) on the court.

-Billy Donovan 

 

 

Tennessee has been hardened by all those losses in the past, and now Bruce has brought in hope.

-Billy Donovan 

You can do one of two things: You can humble yourself or life will humble you. I think it’s a lot easier to find a way to humble yourself.

-Billy Donovan 

I’ve said it all along about this team, they derive a lot pleasure from moving and passing the basketball and playing together.

-Billy Donovan 

Self-inflicted wounds. I knew it was going to be this kind of a game. I told our team we’re going to have to grind it out and win ugly.

-Billy Donovan 

We have entered a stage right now in college basketball where 15 years ago, it would have been maybe totally no way George Mason could go to the Final Four. It just goes to show how many good coaches there are out there, how many good players there are out there. On any given night, anybody can beat anybody.

-Billy Donovan 

I think you could see how hard it is to play back-to-back nights. I didn’t like our defensive intensity in the first half. In the second half, we did a much, much better job.

-Billy Donovan 

As players see themselves getting better through skill sessions, they will want to get in the gym more.

-Billy Donovan 

For our basketball team, it was a tale of two halves. In the first half, our guys were very, very impatient on offense. We didn’t have the ball movement and the player movement we needed to have. We had good ball movement and player movement and we shot 57 percent in the second half. If we would have played similar to that and rebounded like we did in the first half, it would have been a different game. We couldn’t put it all together.

-Billy Donovan 

 

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