Saturday, March 26, 2011

Florida expects physical battle with Butler

Florida head coach Billy Donovan expects a very physical game today in the Southeast region title matchup against Butler.

Well, we're playing against a team that is extremely, extremely physical, don't think there's any question about that, a team that has got a lot of players that know about success in this tournament from last year," Donovan said. "You know, really, really impressed with (Matt)Howard, again, how physical he is, how hard he plays, and just the different ways he impacts the game on both the offensive and defensive end of the floor.

"They're a hard team to guard offensively, and I think our guys understand that we're playing against a terrific team that is very talented, physical and gifted and playing terrific basketball right now."

Florida's Chandler Parsons, the SEC Player of The Year, expects a big battle with Howard calling him one of the most physical players in the country.

"He plays smart and just relentless and he doesn't stop. So a guy like him, he just battles for 40 minutes and you're not going to get anything easy with him just because his effort is off the charts," Chandler said.

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