2007-08 Cincinnati Men's Basketball|
Jan. 9, 2008
Syracuse at Cincinnati
January 9, 2007
Cincinnati, OH - Fifth Third Arena
Jim Boeheim, Head Coach
"I thought Cincinnati did a great job defensively. We've seen the double team this year, but they did a better job than what we have seen. We didn't really adjust to it well offensively until later in the game. We didn't handle the pressure that Cincinnati had."
"We started out in the zone, and they couldn't make a shot. We didn't capitalize on that. We made a couple of really bad turnovers when we had the lead. We really should have been able to exploit the start we had, and we just didn't do a good job offensively. We left Vaughn open, and he is a guy you can't leave open. It made the ballgame."
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
Mick Cronin, Head Coach
"We made it interesting at the end, but you have to give credit to Syracuse for not quitting. They kept on trying to find a way to get even with their pressure.Jamual Warren does a great job defensively tonight on Jonny Flynn, and Deonta Vaughn had a great night on the offensive end. It was our best night rebounding offensively [with 18] of the year. We've worked really hard on that, and I think Rashad Bishop was a big part of it. Our passing was better, but our defensive effort, for the most part, was excellent. Fifteen more games to go. We get to celebrate for three hours, and we start looking at Villanova film."
On Two BIG EAST Wins
"We just try to focus. If you are going to compete in the league, you have to win at home. Our older guys have been looking forward to having some help with the size and freshman. We are going into games with a fighting chance."
Deonta Vaughn, So., G
On Syracuse Defense
"We knew that we could stick with the guys, and we just had to stay with our offense. We had to move the ball around quicker. They left me open a couple of times, and I had to knock down the open shots. Most people don't leave me open, but they left me open a whole lot."
On Two BIG EAST Wins
"It means a lot. You have to earn respect in this conference. We don't have a lot of respect because of how we played last year. It is a whole new year, and we are all back. We have to come out and play hard every night. We have to take advantage of the opportunities we have here."