Louisville Postgame Quotes

 



Dec. 28, 2013

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Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino

Opening statement ...
“We had a shot in the second half and, missed free throws and a big defensive mistake in giving up the 3 (pointer). I give them credit, they did a good job against our pressure. Playing a couple of teams this year, from a physical standpoint, we are getting outplayed in the three, four and five spots physically. Never mind the execution-wise, we are just getting taken on the backboard, taken inside and we have to improve in those areas.”

On what Kentucky did after Julius Randle left the game ...
“We did some decent things but we are making way to many technical defensive mistakes. I mean we are down four, we have a shot at it, and we lose a man coming off a curl, which is a simple play to defend. They may drive to the basket and get fouled, but leaving the guy wide open and not being with him on a simple curl is just not good defense.”

On what he would have liked to have seen from Montrezl Harrell today ...
“He just needs to pick up the technical aspects of his game. He has to rebound the basketball better, in both the North Carolina game and this game he didn’t grab a lot of rebounds. He has to get on the offensive glass better. You can’t rebound from backs, especially when you are playing against taller people. You have to maneuver and be quicker than the other players.”

On the play of his backcourt ...
“I don’t think Russ (Smith) played a particularly good game from a mental standpoint. I think he took too many ill-advised, quick shots and that hurts your defense when you do that. They played okay. They did a decent job. We aren’t going to get out-played in the backcourt, we are getting out-played in the frontcourt too much.”

On what needs to be done to get Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear more involved ...
“Well Wayne (Blackshear) has got to stay out of foul trouble certainly. Chane (Behanan) has to catch the ball better and he has to make his moves without dropping the ball. He’ll get on the backboard. Chane will get on the backboard. The other guys didn’t get on the backboard. One of the big keys today was we said we had to rebound from the guard spot because Mangok (Mathiang) can’t block out Willie Cauley-Stein and would have trouble with (Julius) Randle. We had zero rebounds from Chris (Jones), Russ (Smith) and Terry Rozier at halftime. We said that was a big key in the game and we were going to try to block those guys out, but we have to rebound from the guard spot.”

On who stepped up big for both teams ...
“I thought their three man (James Young) played great tonight. I really think he did. We gave him his left hand. I think (Julius) Randle is terrific for the new rules. He plays hard. I think they are a good team and they are going to get better and better. I though the Harrisons were very much under control. They handled pressure and didn’t force things. They showed much more maturity than what everybody was saying. I was hearing all of these things and I thought they showed great maturity tonight.”

Louisville Student-Athletes

#24, Montrezl Harrell, F

On what he learned from the game ...
“We need to pay attention to the scouting report more. Everybody from the one through the five has to move their feet and guard. It hurt us a lot. We got killed on the backboard, and that hurt us a lot. Coming into the game, (Kentucky) got 50 percent of their shots back and it’s like nobody paid attention to that. They got a majority of their shots back and that really killed us. Hustle plays really killed us tonight.”

On UK’s height bothering them ...
“That doesn’t bother us. We knew coming into this game that they had some of the same players they had from last year with Willie Cauley-Stein. Julius Randle is not as tall as Nerlens Noel. You can’t change their height. They played with more heart than us. They out-hustled us in this game.”

On how to put the win behind him ...
“As far as a team, there will be some guys that will hang their head. There is nothing you can do about it. You can’t change the outcome of this game. We just need to prepare for our next game. We can’t change the outcome of this game. We can’t change the score, we can’t go back and fix our errors, we just have to go back and move onto the next game.”

#2, Russ Smith, G

On what they learned in this game ...
“Shots just didn’t go in for us. They were shots that we normally make. I guess this is just one of those games. It happens. We just need to move on from this and move on to conference play. We play UCF in three days, so we need to prepare for them.”

On his shot today ...
“It felt OK. It just didn’t go in. I started off slow, but that’s not why we lost. We missed a lot of free throws and rebounds. We didn’t rebound as well as we should have. I shot free throws for two hours yesterday and I was making 40, 50 in a row. I couldn’t make any (today).”

On why he thinks they lost the game ...
“We didn’t rebound and we didn’t get defensive stops.”


 

 

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