Boynton and Walker Talk Tournament

The University of Florida basketball team kick off their trip to the NCAA tournament starting Saturday at 2;10 eastern against the Virginia Cavaliers. In Omaha for the first two games, the Gators are starting to become re-accustomed to playing in the NCAA as this is their third trip in a row after a two year hiatus. Both Walker and Boynton are on their third trips.

Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton talk Florida vs. Virginia from Omaha, the day before starting their trip through the NCAA.

Below you will find the transcript and the video interview from Omaha.

Q. Is there any comfort level or familiarity level from having been through NCAA Tournament games before, this being your sixth game after playing five games the last two years?

KENNY BOYNTON: Yes, it's better the second time around and basically our role here is just to calm everybody down before the game, let 'em know it's just another game, give us your all because if you lose here it's the end of the season.
ERVING WALKER: We got some good experience and we are comfortable and relaxed being in this situation. We know it's "go" time and we got to be ready to go.

Q. Could you guys talk about how much of an asset it is to have the type of scoring balance you have, especially you, Kenny, not having to carry the load a lot of nights?

KENNY BOYNTON: Yes, it's great to have a team like we have, like I say, at the SEC Tournament I didn't shoot well but overall we did a great job scoring the ball when you have all these guys, they can score any given night and it makes it easier for each one of us.
ERVING WALKER: It's great to have the balance so teams can't just focus on one person or if one person is having an off day we have others that we can look to come up and score. There has been one or two games where one or two struggled, but we continued to score a good amount of points.

Q. You guys like to play at a high tempo to begin with but knowing that Virginia is the exact opposite, do you try to do that even more so to try to get them to play to your style?

KENNY BOYNTON: Yes, I think basically we change our style of play, we have to be smart, rather than taking bad shots because every time we come back on defense we are going be going about 35 seconds, the whole shot clock so we have to take good shots and stay on 'em at defense because they do a good job at taking good shots in the shot clock.
ERVING WALKER: We want to always play our pace and keep the pace going fast but we got to be prepared because they're a good team and they may not turn it over so, we have to be prepared to play their style and grind it out if it comes to that.

Q. As far as Virginia's pack line defense, have you seen anything like that before? Would your offense seem to be good for attacking something like that?

ERVING WALKER: We have seen teams that have played defense like that but you never know exactly how it is. In our offense we have enough weapons in shooting and can catch up and go attack any defense if we play the right defense and play the ball.
KENNY BOYNTON: This year we have seen every defense I think you can and with our offense and the type of players that we have, we can adjust to any type of defense.

Q. Kenny, when in your a shooting slump do you ever get to a point where mentally you think to shoot less, take fewer shots?

KENNY BOYNTON: Not really. My thoughts are basically, if I'm open, shoot it that's what Coach Donovan tells me, it's not me thinking, I need to get this amount of shots or anything like that, if it's not my night it's not my night, I just got to do other things to get people the ball.

Q. As far as Pat and his challenge going up against Mike Scott, how has he looked in practice and how big of a game is this for Pat, not just offensively but on the defensive end?

KENNY BOYNTON: I think basically, you know, he's looked good in practice but I think with Mike Scott it's going to be a team effort, we need to get help, he's a great player, has a great mid-range game and it's going to come to a team thing, us helping Patrick.
ERVING WALKER: We all got to help Pat. Mike Scott is a great player and he's going to score his points but we want to make it difficult, on a player like that you can't shut 'em up, we just got to make every shot difficult and it's not just Pat stopping him.

Q. You guys have seen teams that were defensively oriented, Alabama for example, is there anybody that compares to Virginia that you've played against this year?

ERVING WALKER: Well, I would say Alabama is a great defensive team and they try to pack it in as well. But like I said, we have only seen tape on Virginia, we don't know exactly how it is until we get on the court of them, but teams like Alabama, great defensive teams, Syracuse, even though they play the 2-3, but those are teams that play defensive like Virginia.
KENNY BOYNTON: I agree, Alabama is a team which I can compare 'em to, but we have only seen tape so I can't honestly say that they're similar to Alabama but we'll see tomorrow.

Q. Do you guys feel like the performance of this team has lined up with the level of talent, and where is your ceiling?

KENNY BOYNTON: I think we have been off and on. Some games we came out and had great offensive and defensive efforts and some games we haven't. But regardless of tomorrow we come out and have our best offensive game, we have to do a great job at playing defense and getting stops and rebounding.
ERVING WALKER: I agree with Kenny, we have been up and down this year. I feel personally we could have had a better season so far, but this is a new season and our ceiling is high and we continue to get better in practice and following Coach Donovan so hopefully we can make this a long trip.

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