Cincinnati-Connecticut Postgame Quotes

Jan. 18, 2012

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Cincinnati at No. 13/11 Connecticut
Gampel Pavilion
Storrs, Conn.
Jan. 23, 2012

Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin
"Big win for our team obviously.  Coming into Gampel and getting a win is huge. Obviously, they have a great team and arguably the best coach in college basketball.  It's a big win for us but you've got to win these kinds of games if you're going to compete for the Big East championship.  Fortunately, we were able to get the win even though we almost let it slip a way at the foul line.  And you've got to give [Shabazz] Napier credit. He hit a couple of big, big shots at the end of the game."

On game winning shot by Sean Kilpatrick
"I was watching just to make sure he or Dion [Dixon] had the ball.  That's something you talk about as a staff when you're in that situation.  It's to the point with both of those guys with their ability to score off the dribble, and make shots.......Once I saw that one of those guys had the ball and UConn was back-pedaling,  I felt we were definitely going to get an open shot or we were going to drive it to the basket.  If [Kilpatrick] would have hesitated, I would have called a timeout.  But as he was pushing it up, I saw his mindset; he was going to be aggressive."

Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun

"Congratulations to Cincinnati.  They certainly deserved to win the basketball game.  Mentally, they were the tougher team, and physically.  But more mentally. 

"I thought we would have a great advantage inside.  It didn't look like that worked out very well, because we were jumping and throwing one-foot passes inside....We just didn't get anything inside done.  And that's very disappointing.

"I just had a little talk with Kemba about a couple of players that he played with and he said "it doesn't look like them."  And that's exactly how I feel, too.  It doesn't look like them. 

"When you get down 10, there's a reason for it.  It's because we gambled. 

"We gave up 11 three point shots...The one at the end happens. That happens in basketball.  I'm not worried about that.  I'm much more concerned with the two that we gave up when it had gone to a two or three point lead, and then we started gambling again.  The same thing that got us in trouble before.

"We weren't very mentally tough today, and they were.  And that's a credit to Mick and his team.  When it came down to it, they were tougher than we were.

"We had a run in us.  We were at home, we should have a run.  The crowd jumped into it - they were begging the whole game for us to have a run, and we never really did early.

"I couldn't be more disappointed in some of the guys on our team."