Men's Basketball |
Jan. 24, 2010
Box Score |
Cincinnati at Louisville
Jan. 24, 2010
Louisville, Ky. – Freedom Hall
Cincinnati Head Coach Mick Cronin
“Obviously another hard fought BIG EAST win for them. I want to congratulate Louisville, they played hard. Our guys did a decent job, but not quite good enough. Our turnovers in the last 30 minutes of the game probably led to our demise – that and we had some key times where we didn’t box out and or get a loose ball. In certain games like this, you have one guy playing well that nobody expected that can make a difference. Reggie Delk, obviously with a double-double killed us. It was something we did not expect. He played excellent so you have to give him a lot of credit.”
On Cashmere Wright’s play
“Freshmen get better, but they’re inconsistent. He’s playing well in practice. Some people want to bury guys alive and another player has a good game and people want to put him in the hall of fame. It’s a long season. Kids play well certain games and the defense dictates who plays well. They decide to guard other people. They face guard Deonta Vaughn and somebody’s going to be open – which there was a lot of tonight. Cashmere Wright’s a good player, he’s a young guy. He sat out a year. He’s practicing well, as coaches, we have a feel for what guys are capable of – we see them every day in practice. We know that their time is going to come when they get more consistent. We play a lot of freshmen and sophomores: Dion (Dixon), Yancy (Gates), Cash (Wright), Jaquon (Parker) and Lance (Stephenson). Those guys did a decent job of handling in the environment, but not enough to get the win.”
On Lance Stephenson
“He played really well in the first half. Their zone really hurt him. We tried to slide him to the high post and they did a good job of matching up with him. They wouldn’t let him get the ball around the post, which was by design. They understood we were trying to slide him in there. When we were able to stay with our offense and get the second guys to slide into the high post, we had a wide open shot every time. We shot a high percentage, but their pressure had our guards a little too far out. We stood around too much, watching the guy with the basketball, instead of just staying with what we were trying to do. But you’ve got to give them credit, they’re playing extremely hard. There’s a reason they’ve got a Hall of Fame coach, their kids have got a lot of pride and their backs are against the wall - let’s be honest. Obviously I root for them every game when I watch at home. They needed a win today, that’s what we had to deal with.”
On Louisville’s pressure
“I wouldn’t say it wore us down, it just forces you to get outside yourself. I thought it bothered Lance (Stephenson) late in the first half. A couple of our kids got in a hurry. You can’t get in a hurry, you’ve got to maintain composure. At crucial points when a team presses you, you have to be able to hurt them. If you hurt them, they get out of the press. But hey changed the press, and if you do not, they come harder. We had some times when we had three-on-two, or two-on one-and didn’t convert. Or just traveled ourselves which wasn’t really anything they did, we just got in a hurry. But that’s what it does to you – especially freshmen on the road.”
On whether Louisville using Jennings and Samuels together affected them
“Not really, other than rebounding. It wasn’t a huge effect, in retrospect, maybe we would have played a little bit more zone, but we’re a pretty good defensive team. They shot a high percentage in the second half, we did go to zone, and then he subbed Jared Swopshire into the game – and we went back to man-to-man. Terrence Jennings played hard, but he didn’t kill us. Reggie Delk’s the guy who hurt us. Defensively, they held us to 60 points at the end of the day. Their defense was more effective than he probably thought it could be with those two guys playing together, they did an excellent job of playing the zone with Jennings in there.”
On Jaquon Parker
“I thought he played solid in the first half. Again, he, along with Lance, got a little rattled when Louisville started making shots, but you try to explain to guys about coming on the road against a very good team with a great home crowd. You’re not going to just be up 12 and win easy. They’re going to hit a couple of shots and the crowd is going to start cheering. It’s inevitable. It’s just all a learning experience for young point guards. I thought Jaquon did a pretty good job for all intents and purposes.
On Parker and Wright fitting into giving the offense the identity he wants to see
“It helps us because Cashmere gives us another shooter. Right now he’s our second best three point shooter with Deonta. Parker’s a very confident shooter. Those guys playing well is important for our offense. There were three things that got us today. All three were crucial things you have to do in games- it wasn’t offense, other taking care of the basketball. We didn’t block out at some crucial times. Reggie Delk got us for offensive rebounds. At times our defense broke down a little bit too much when we missed shots. We missed shots and turned the ball over, I thought what really killed with was time of possession. That they got some offensive rebounds, it seemed like we were on defense forever. That’s tiring; it wears your guys down. It puts much too much pressure your defense. Nine turnovers, the offensive rebounds – you can’t give Louisville that many opportunities to score in their home gym – it’s just too much. You’re not going to be able to do it. You can only stop them so many times.
Is Cashmere the starting point guard now?
“No, there’s a platoon. If they’re both playing well, then they’re both playing well.”