Postgame Quotes - Cincinnati 69, Memphis 53

Jan. 4, 2014

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Cincinnati at No. 18 Memphis
1/4/14
FedExForum
Postgame Quotes

Cincinnati Head Coach Mick Cronin

"Our defense was tremendous. Once we got (Joe) Jackson under control it made everything easier. Everyone knows how fast he is, but you do not truly know until you play him. We did a great job on stopping them. The key is adjusting to their speed, especially on the road, and we made the proper adjustments. We could not afford to turn the ball over, and we take a lot of pride playing on the road. We were able hold them to tough shots."

"I sure hope that the Memphis versus Cincinnati rivalry holds on since it was a great one in the past. I love playing in Memphis and hope that they bring a lot of fans when they visit us later on in the season."

"This was a big win for us and I think that there are few teams that win in the FedEx Forum. I heard the number of teams that have won here in Memphis and to be one of them is special."

Cincinnati Forward Justin Jackson

"An ugly win is still a win, and we will take it any day of the week. We knew that Memphis was going to come out with the four guards, so it was not a shock to us. We have a four-guard offense, and I knew we were going to be able to get rebounds. They had not shot the ball well, so we have to cut out the layups out there in order to win the game. Any win in this conference is a momentum builder."

Cincinnati Guard Sean Kilpatrick

"This is a huge win and we have to keep everything rolling.  This is just a stepping-stone for us and we have to keep it going as we continue conference play."

Memphis Head Coach Josh Pastner

Opening Statement:
"Cincinnati deserved to win that game. They straight-up out-played us today. It is hard to win a game when our guards shot they way they did today. Cincinnati made threes, and we did not. I always say that is a big thing, and it hurt us today. We did a better job on the glass in the second half. The 16 turnovers killed us, but we cannot shoot the way we did today and win basketball games."

On the play of the four senior guards:
"We went away from getting the ball inside to our big guys. This game was reminiscent of the Oklahoma State game where we had individual play. We had a lot of open looks, but when you miss that amount of shots from those guys, it sucks the live out of you."

"We have to get back to practice and be ready to go. There is no time to have a pity party because our schedule is getting tougher and tougher. We go on the road and play at Louisville and then at Temple. Those are going to be tough games, and we have a lot to work on before then. Our four senior guards have to play if we are going to win games. The big picture is that simple."

On moving forward:
"I told our guys that this is the American, and it is going to be tough. If they play the way we did today, then it is not going to work. We have to trust the process out there and play the way that I want them to play. We cannot let the defense get to us, and we have to play inside-outside basketball. Our guards were not sharp like I wanted. We have to do a better job when we travel to Louisville."