Postgame Quotes: Notre Dame at Cincinnati

GOBEARCATSDOTCOM
GOBEARCATSDOTCOM

GOBEARCATSDOTCOM
Men's Basketball |

Jan. 7, 2013

Recap |  Final Stats |  Notes |  Photo Gallery 1  |  Photo Gallery 2 

Notre Dame at Cincinnati

January 7, 2013

Fifth Third Arena

 

Postgame Quotes

 

University of Cincinnati Quotes

Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin

Opening statement:

“Notre Dame played a great game so give them a lot of credit. It was a great college basketball game. Definitely, I’m not happy with the loss. In my opinion, seven second-half turnovers beat us. We shoot 57 percent in the second half, shoot 67 percent from three, and those are seven possessions. Notre Dame is a great offensive team. We might have had some defensive breakdowns, but you have to give them credit. Jerian Grant making two NBA shots. They make some big time plays. We were going to have to score more than 60 points tonight to win. Pretty evident that no one is going to beat this team scoring 60 points. Period. End of story.” 

 

On needing to score more than 60 points:

“You can replay things anyway you want, but no one is going to beat them scoring 60 points, definitely not tonight.  I think it was doable. We could have scored more points tonight. We left points on the board. First half, I thought we had three shots around the rim that we got hit on. We have to learn to play with more contact and not bank on calls. Get those balls in the basket. That’s my opinion. At the end of the day, what Cincinnati would have had to have done to win this game is we could have scored more points. They played great offensively. Their last five games they have had over 80 (points) every game. So 66 is nothing to sneeze at defensively against them. Obviously, I’m unhappy with some of the things we did defensively.  I think we could have scored a lot more tonight.”

 

On UC passing better:

“We had 18 assists. Our passing was way better than it has been in a month. Our passing was as good as it’s been in a long time, and it was yesterday in practice.”

 

On Shaquille Thomas earning more playing time:

“I think he has earned it. I think the development of our team and those guys are a part of it. I think he has a lot of talent and long term we will be better the more he develops. Obviously, there is going to be growing pains with that. A couple of times defensively he might have missed rotations. He’s the only guy – along with Ge’Lawn (Guyn) and Cheikh (Mbodj) – that played without a turnover. You are going to have some growing pains.”

 

On UC improving its offense:

“Absolutely, 18 assists on 23 baskets. I still think our free-throw shooting needs improvement. Games like this when you are playing a really good team and are playing really well, to beat them you can’t go 5-11 from the free-throw line. Again it goes to offense, and you can only stop them so much. You have to get the ball in the basket. Whether it was the (Thomas, Kilpatrick and Rubles) all missed a driving lay-up in the first half, 5-11 from the foul line and those seven turnovers. Those are all offensive possessions where we came up empty. Against this team, you won’t beat them unless you can put the ball in the basket.”

 

On the play of Kelvin Gaines:

“It’s the best he’s ever played: four rebounds in 11 minutes. He got a big stick back in the lane. He did a great job of trapping. He got tired. That’s the only reason he came out and David went in was Kelvin was going to pass out. He was literally going to pass out. I saw him running down the floor gasping for air. In his defense, he hasn’t played those kinds of minutes. That’s the challenge for him is to always get him to where he can use his athleticism and make multiple efforts in a row. He has great athleticism. It has been a three-year project with conditioning with our strength and condition coach.”

 

Cincinnati Player Quotes

No. 23 - Sean Kilpatrick, G

On Notre Dame three-point shooting hurting UC:

“Three-point shooting and they got a lot of lay ups on the pick and roll.”

 

On how difficult it is to guard Notre Dame when they pass the ball:

“It’s tough but the weak the side needs to be able to see it and rotate because we know that they are looking for the skip pass.”

 

On coach being upset about their defensive performance:

“For the most part we did decent but we didn’t do to what we are capable of to our potential. Like I said, they hit a lot of shots and it killed us when the clock was running down but we didn’t do a lot of rotating.”

 

On how much pressure it is defensively because of Notre Dame’s multiple scoring options:

“It is, but it’s the BIG EAST (season) now. We’re in a league where everyone on (the opponent’s) roster can play and that’s something that we have to sit and figure out now because it’s not like it’s December anymore. It’s January. This is the meat of the schedule and that’s something we really need to get in our minds.”

 

Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey

Opening Statement:

“I’m really proud of my team. The toughness that we had to display both physically and mentally against an unbelievable defense, for us to be that efficient against that defense I think really was the difference. We did a better job of guarding the three-point line in the second half and it helped us escape, and anytime you can win on the road against a really good team it’s gratifying. So I’m just proud of our group and their toughness both physically and mentally.”

 

On how their maturity helped them overcome an early UC scoring run:

“At that timeout there we’re older, we’re less flustered and we’re not looking at the official saying how we got fouled or complaining about missing a shot. That’s where we’ve grown up and our maturity has really helped us. That’s a good reference point as we go on the road again, just to take a punch, to take a punch and be ready to come right back, and we came out of that timeout rolling.”

 

On how they found ways to score when their three point shooting slowed:

“Our guards were fabulous tonight. Just kind of using the ball screens and rolling to our big guys. We had some great drives as well. Those two guys just kind of operate things and I think that I have the best backcourt in the country, quite frankly, and they played like it tonight on the road. The three-pointer was not going to do it in the second half and we had to get some other stuff.”

 

On Jerian Grant’s progression as a player:

“He’s really grown up. A year ago here he looked like he was on a JV high school team with his body language and moping around and complaining about fouls. He has really come along way. I think he gave us a great defensive effort tonight against some strong guards on the other end, but he loves making big shots and he made a bunch of them tonight.”

 

On stopping Cashmere Wright:

“Eric Atkins had a fabulous game because he handled the ball the whole game against pressure and he guarded that guy and never let him get going. I think his game was fabulous because he defended [Wright]. We were really aware of him and just didn’t want to let him hurt us from the three-point line and he didn’t, but some other guys did in the first half. I thought we adjusted in the second half and made them more of a two-point shooting team.”

 


 

 

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Gunner Kiel impresses at UC football's spring game

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Youthful UC can make its own history next season

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's defense makes statement in latest scrimmage

    FanIQ.com

    Remember Gunner Kiel? He's Ready to Dominate

    SportsIllustrated.com

    Hank Hughes Q&A

    New York Times

    Growing as a Player, Beaming as a Father

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    NCAA Tournament is 'Cincinnati vs. the world'

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Kiel comes out strong in Bearcats' spring scrimmage

    Sporting News

    2013-14 Men's Basketball All-Americans

    Fox Sports

    Cincinnati made me a believer

    CBS Sports.com

    Former redshirt Sean Kilpatrick finishing out historic career

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Q&A with UC AD Mike Bohn

    ESPN

    Brennan's Wooden Watch: Week 14

    MLSSoccer.com

    Fit and healthy, Omar Cummings offering a new dynamic up top for Houston Dynamo

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Men's soccer signee Clark named Gatorade Ohio player of the year

    ESPN

    Munchie Legaux and Shaq Washington gain extra year

    Denver Post

    Mike Bohn eager to point Cincinnati Bearcats in right direction as AD

    The Washington Post

    No. 7 Bearcats have highest ranking in 10 years

    Yahoo! Sports

    How Sean Kilpatrick willed UC past Louisville and back into the nation's consciousness

    SI.com

    Cincinnati takes over AAC with win at Louisville

    ESPN.com

    Tough Bearcats don't get rattled

    ESPN.com

    UC staves off Temple to stay perfect in AAC

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC looks to 15-year sports admin vet Reed-Francois for interim AD

    CBS Sports

    No. 15 Cincinnati stomps UCF, wins 11th straight

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats take down USF 61-54, win 10th straight

    USA Today

    Why Cincinnati is not a team to sleep on

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Short-handed Bearcats cautious about ranking

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's goal: win them all at home

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Cronin: Not easy, but Cats got through fatigue

    The News Record

    What you missed in UC sports during break

    FB Schedules

    Boise State, Cincinnati Schedules 2019, 20 Home-and-Home Series

    Forbes

    The Best and Worst College Football Teams for the Money

    USA Today

    Report: Colleges doing poorly at hiring women coaches

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Randolph named AAC Player of the Week

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC women's basketball knocks off Ohio State

    Bleacher Report

    Belk Bowl 2013: Cincinnati-North Carolina

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Belk Bowl: UC vs. UNC

    ESPN

    Belk Bowl Breakdown

    BelkBowl.com

    The Showdown is Set

    ESPN

    Cards, Bearcats set for defensive battle

    CBS Sports

    Louisville-Cincinnati Preview

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Thursday is UC's fight for perception

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Don't let UC's next opponent fool you

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC jumps to No. 23 in USA Today football poll

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats break into USA Today Top 25

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    McKay turns in monster game against Rutgers

    ESPN

    Kay throws for 408 yards, 4 TDs as Cincinnati routs Rutgers

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats won't lessen the pressure

    News & Record

    Pressure takes toll on NC State against Cincinnati

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats face variety of bowl scenarios

    The News Record

    UC weary of SMU's aerial attack ahead of AAC clash

    Bleacher Report

    Best College Football Moments in Cincinnati History

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Mark Barr returns to UC, gets ovation

    HoustonDynamo.com

    After frustrating year, Omar Cummings puts Houston Dynamo on his back with clutch playoff goal

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's Shaq Thomas 'our version of Herb Jones'

    USA Today

    Cincinnati holds off Memphis for third straight

    ESPN

    Cincinnati's Mark Barr out of hospital

    TopDrawer Soccer

    Furman and Cincinnati men go nose-for-nose in College Goal of the Week

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Green seizing his moment for the Bearcats

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Jermaine Lawrence is new breed of forward

    UC Magazine

    Hostility to Hope: Feature on Men's Soccer Player John Manga

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Jermiah Davis III fights to be remembered

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Justin Jackson goes from energizer to example

    The News Record

    Cronin excited for new group

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC Bearcats' Sean Kilpatrick: 'It's the season now'

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats basketball will have fresh look

    The News Record

    UC Looks to RetainVictory Bell for Eighth Consecutive Season

    Miami Herald

    Kay Ready to Lead Bearcats into Rivalry Game

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Former Bearcat Thompkins making most of shot in NFL

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    New practice setup could benefit UC basketball

    ESPN.com

    Munchie Legaux out for season

    ESPN.com

    Cincinnati Rolls Past Purdue

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats defense puts up dominant effort

    American Athletic Conference

    2013 Team Previews: Cincinnati Bearcats

    Sports Illustrated

    Bowl projections: Cincinnati vs. North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl

    Cincinnati Business Courier

    Bearcats sell out football opener against Purdue

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Depth at defensive line still strong for Bearcats

    Bleacher Report

    Cincinnati Bearcats Football 2013 Team Preview

    UC Voted 2nd

    Coach Tuberville and his players discuss their reactions to being voted to finish 2nd in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference

    QB Timetable

    Coach Tuberville discusses his timetable to choose a starting QB with The Cincinnati Enquirer

    Thompkins at Patriots' Training Camp

    Former UC wide receiver, Kenbrell Thompkins, impressed many at Patriots' training camp 

    World University Games

    Sean Kilpatrick talks about his experience overseas

    World University Games

    Sean Kilpatrick talks about his experience overseas 

    Nippert Renovation Plan

    The Cincinnati Enquirer looks at the Nippert Stadium Project

    Cincinnati football's 'Crocodile Dundee'

    A former professional rugby player from Australia joins the Bearcat football team

    2013 Preseason 'Watch List' 

    Several Cincinnati Bearcats make 2013 national 'watch list'

    Sports Insider Today

    Young Cincinnati Team Looks to Improve in 2013 Amidst New Conference Setting

    ESPN Blog

    Cincinnati to play Pitt in December

    GoBEARCATS.com

    Former Bearcat Herman Qualifies for U.S. Open

    USA Today

    BearcatsTV Gets National Attention from USA Today's For the Win

    SportingNews.com

    Cincinnati Bearcats Baseball Earns Top Honors in Videobombing

    The Washington Post

    Cincinnati Bearcats Do the Best Postgame Interviews

    Fox Sports

    Bearcats Rock Postgame Interviews

    Philly.com

    Cincinnati Bearcats Revolutionize the Post Game Interview

    YardBarker

    You'll love this Cincinnati Bearcats Post Game Funny Business Compilation

    Philly.com

    Those guys having all the fun: An oral history of the Cincinnati baseball team's videobombs

    MSN Now

    This college baseball team wins the 'best interview' award

    ESPN.com

    Winn, Cincinnati run over Pittsburgh

    Cincinnati.com Bearcats Blog

    Cincinnati looks to sophomore RB Ralph Abernathy to increase production