Florida guards Kenny Boynton and Brad Beal answer questions with ethe media following the big win Thursday night.
Q. You've had some big games at Florida. Was that the best one you've played so far?
Bradley BEAL: I guess it was. I think I had a lot of confidence in myself tonight as well as my teammates. I found ways to get open and just stayed aggressive and just tried to make plays.
Q. What does it mean for this group to get back to the Elite 8, considering some of the ups and downs you faced during the course of the season?
KENNY BOYNTON: It means a lot. It goes to show the losses early in the season made us stronger. I think before the NCAA tournament we saw every defense and offense there could be. I think those losses, they fueled us to this point in time. But we're happy to be here.
Q. Can both you guys talk about, it seems to me that Erik Murphy in this tournament, especially, has gotten a mean streak, and is hitting the boards and playing defense. Can you talk about that?
BRADLEY BEAL: Well, Murphy is just being aggressive on both ends of the floor. Coach is always on his butt about rebounding in practice. It's carried over to the game. He's doing a tremendous job for us of grabbing the ball and being strong with it, and rebounding on both ends for us.
KENNY BOYNTON: I think Murphy is doing a much better job than he was doing early in the season. I think early in the game he let a few slip away from him. But he got focused later in the game and he had some big rebounds.
Q. It seemed they were primed to make a run at you guys with three or four minutes left. Did you think at all about Butler last year, the small plays that went against you that ultimately lost you that game?
KENNY BOYNTON: Yes. After we knew that they could be back in the game, easily. I think we buckled down and we were just telling each other, whoever is at the free throw line just has to knock down the free throws.
Q. From about the 13 minute to the 7 minute stretch in the second half you hit a cold spell. Talk about your assertiveness, and how that got you guys back going.
BRADLEY BEAL: Whenever you're missing shots from the outside, you should keep attacking the basket. If you're wide open, of course wants you to take them. You have to be more aggressive and keep attacking the basket and start inside and come out outside.
Q. Can you guys talk about the bench tonight? 11 points, I think it was 11 in the first 24 and not just the scoring, but the energy and defensive ability that those three guys gave you?
BRADLEY BEAL: Well, I think our bench did a tremendous job. Mike came off the bench and provided a lot of help on both ends of the floor. He had a big layup for us in the first half and Scottie is always doing a great job of playing great defense and things like that. And Casey is always tremendous as well on the boards. All three of those guys right there really contributed a lot tonight.
KENNY BOYNTON: I agree with Brad. I think those three guys helped a lot. Mike had a big charge defensively that gave us momentum. And he gave us a good offensive surge. And Scottie had a big three in the first half that got us on a run. I think if those guys keep doing that throughout these next games, it will definitely make us a better team.
Q. You're a young guy, does this stage phase you at all, are you aware of this stage you're playing on and the performances you're having on it right now?
BRADLEY BEAL: Before the games I'm aware of the stage. I get caught up in the moment. Once the ball is thrown in the air, I block everything out and just focus in on the game and what the team needs to do to win. I know it's a big crowd, but I just stay humble and stay grounded and focus in on what the team needs to do.