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Louisville-Marquette Postgame Quotes

 



Feb. 3, 2013

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Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino

(Opening statement)
“I thought that in just about every aspect of the game fundamentally, we did a good job. The guys really honed in on what they do well. We rebounded well in stretches. We went backdoor well against them, so I’m really, really happy with our effort. We held them to six assists in the game, which means it’s good containment with our rotating. I’m really, really excited about the victory and, obviously now, it starts to really get together with everybody having two losses. We needed a good victory today and we got it.”

(On the key to the 22-4 run in the first half)
“I thought our subs gave us a great run there. I think when Montrezl (Harrell) came in ... he’s a very high percentage shooter, because he dunks 50 percent of his shots, so we got a good run there.”

(On what Montrezl Harrell brings to the game)
“I think certain players don’t show up on the stat sheet, but Stephan Van Treese and Montrezl gave us a big lift when we needed it.”

(On Stephan Van Treese tonight after not seeing playing time in the last few games)
“Against Pittsburgh, it’s not as much of a running game even though the score was low. We were 8 for 13 in transition. So I went with Montrezl a little bit at the five. But Stephan knows how to play the game; he’s the best screener on the team. He’s a very good offensive rebounder, OK defensively ... so if I didn’t play him, it was just a bad move on my part, to be honest with you. I tried Montrezl at the five and I probably should have gone with him.”

(On what the team did better offensively tonight)
“Every phase of the game - the way we handled the basketball, the loose ball situations, the transition game, man, zone - we played like 80 percent man tonight and did a very good job with that, because they’re a tough team to play man. Everybody else has played them zone.”

(With a month left in the regular season, big picture, where do you think your team is)
“I think there are about 15 very good teams and we are one of those. It was the first time I saw Indiana play last night in completion, and I was very impressed. For me and my evaluation, I thought (Victor) Oladipo was one of top three players I have seen this year in the country. I thought he and (Tyler) Zeller were sensational. I think Florida is very deserving of their ranking along with Indiana. To tell you the truth, they are all very good basketball teams as we are. I legitimately think, I don’t know where Gonzaga is ranked but I did watch them. They (Gonzaga) could be a national champion. I look at Florida, I look at Michigan, I look at Indiana, I look at Michigan State and Syracuse and they are all candidates. What it is going to come down, which will make it fun for all of you... it is going to come down to styles. Like we were talking earlier, Pittsburgh has beaten Syracuse four times in a row and I think seven of the last nine whatever it may be, there will be games where certain styles are better than others and records are thrown out the window.”

(Was the decision to play more man than zone a decision based off of team style)
“Well, we play more man when we shoot a good percentage, because we press and then go back to man.”

(What you saw out of Kevin Ware and Wayne Blackshear tonight)
“I thought the whole team did a really good job tonight. I couldn’t pick one guy to stand out. I thought they all played good, sound basketball in every phase of the game.”

(What prompted wearing the white suit after saying you weren’t going to wear it)
“I really wasn’t going to, but my daughter, wife, my niece Christine and daughter Jacqueline said, ‘I am telling you dad, it is bad luck and bad karma.’ They kept texting me over and over, and I said how about these girls believing in that stuff. Then Joanne said, ‘So do I.’ She said that if I didn’t put that thing on, it will be bad luck. They kept saying it over and over, so I just said I don’t want bad luck.”

(On the rebounding)
“I think Wayne (Blackshear) did a very good job of getting to the backboard. I think all the guys did a great job tonight. This is a tough group to get to focus in. They are a very young group. By young, I mean they act young. The good thing about acting young is the three game losing streak doesn’t bother them; being number one doesn’t bother them. They are a silly group and always goofing around. They don’t get nervous, they just go play and tonight they put it all together.”

(On if the team focusing more is the thing that will take them to the next level)
“Like I said, we are very good. When you look at it, we’ve got to keep our turnovers down, keep them out of transition, and have to rebound. Generally, when they focus in is when they have a lot of respect for their opponent, a lot of respect for their opponent. They have a lot of respect for what Marquette has done. There are a lot of things I love about them and I think as we enter February, we are going to get more and more serious about the little things.”


Marquette Head Coach Buzz Williams

(About having six assists and 17 turnovers and not being able to win)
“You don’t (win like that that). They rebounded 11 of their 16 missed shots in the first half and they forced 12 turnovers in the second half. That is their recipe for winning and I thought they were really, really good in both halves.”

(About Davante Gardner being taken out of the mix)
“The two fouls in the first half and so I don’t know how many minutes he ended up playing in the first half but it wasn’t many. I know they got a charge [a foul 25 feet away from the basket]. So, he had zero impact in the first half. I don’t think he did much in the second half. I thought Chris (Otule) played really well again too. At least he created some space because Davante did not create any space.”

(About defense limiting touches in the paint)
“I think you have to beat Louisville twice. You have to beat them in the front court. Then you have to beat them in the backcourt. The backcourt is really more from half court to the free throw line. So, going into today, one out of every three points that they scored, were based off turnovers. They rebounded 42 percent of their missed shots. Those two numbers combined are outstanding. That is why they are a top 5 team. I thought in the first half, we did a really good job of handling their pressure in the front court. I thought we settled too much once we got it below the free throw line. I thought we settled for too many jumpers. I don’t think we put enough pressure on their defense once we got it below the free throw line. In the second half, we didn’t handle their front court pressure very well, but I thought we were better. We had three free throws in the first half and 12 in the second half, so that was better. Too often we turned it over without getting a field goal attempt. It is hard to beat them without a field goal attempt.”

(About seeing a lot of man defense)
“I don’t know if it affected us more than what we have already talked about. It is the most man that we have seen in a while.”

(Production from Marquette’s bench)
“Davante wasn’t good, Jamil (Wilson) wasn’t good. I think Trent (Lockett) continues to play well. I thought Vander (Blue) was just OK. Junior (Cadougan) wasn’t any good. It is hard collectively we are not a one or two or three guy team. Collectively, we have to be the best all of us can be at one time.”

(On the rebound margin)
“Yeah, it’s not good. Entering today we were first in our league and I think they were second and they absolutely smacked us. So they beat us by 12, but like I said I think they were 16 of 32 in the first half and they had 11 offensive rebounds. That’s probably why they shot 50 percent. If you shoot it and go get it you’re probably going to go score it 80 percent of the time.”
(On how Louisville rebounded so effectively) “They’re really good. (Montrezl) Harrell’s really good, (Chane) Behanan’s really good, Gorgui’s (Dieng) really good; they just chase after it. They’re big, long, strong, fast, aggressive, and I think they have a pretty good feel that Russ Smith is going to shoot, when he’s going to shoot, so they know that the way they get touches it to chase after it and we did a really bad job of preventing that.”

(On the peculiar schedule and sportsmanship concerns revolving Davante Gardner’s situation)
“I don’t think so. Maybe I completely misread that, but I know no one knows Davante like I do, but he’s not a malicious kid at all. I know the staff at South Florida real well, but I don’t know their players, but I wouldn’t think so. Regardless, we need to handle today the right way and we need to handle Monday and Tuesday the right way. Providence suspends Sidiki Johnson and they go on the road and beat Villanova and then South Florida goes to UConn and takes it to overtime. I don’t know what the final is, but win or lose, you need to diagnose it in the right way and handle it the right way.”

(On if he has seen the BIG EAST this volatile lately)
“I would say that what you would perceive to be the bottom teams, coaches are just as fearful of those bottom teams as they are the upper tier teams. I think that’s why there is six or seven teams, maybe eight or nine teams, all within a half a game of one another. When you consider it’s an unbalanced schedule, more unbalanced than it’s ever been, because you’re playing four mirror opponents, those mirror opponent games become critical. So, I don’t know if you look at the home winning percentage I would say it’s the lowest it’s been since I’ve been in the league.”


 

 

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