Men's Basketball |
Feb. 21, 2009
Box Score |
University of Cincinnati
Mick Cronin, Head Coach
"Obviously, we got dominated on the defensive glass. It was the story of the game. We lost the effort-related statistics. We got physically outmanned. We got pushed around. "
On the second half drop off
"There are no excuses. Earl Clark played 38 and Terrence played 40 and they didn't get worn out."
"It's all relative to who you are playing against. We have made some tremendous strides in our program. The problem when you climb the ladder, the top of the pyramid is not crowded. There are very few teams that are the best. It is a lot easier to go from last to sixth than from sixth to first. The hardest part of building our program is still ahead of us. The people ahead of us are there for a reason. They are really good and totally committed to what they do. They give unbelievable effort at all times."
On having a week to prepare
"The problem was we had all week to prepare and we knew that was the key to the game. We didn't get the job done. There is a difference between getting a stop against a Top 10 team, and another team. Right now, we don't play with the physicality and the intensity to beat Louisville or Pittsburgh. That is why we have lost our last two."
"We had 19 assists and shot 43 percent. We didn't get to the foul line. At the end of the day, we give away possessions because we don't rebound the basketball. The days of Deonta (Vaughn) shooting the ball for us all the time are over. He is playing point guard. We have other guys that can score the ball. "
University of Louisville
Rick Pitino, Head Coach
"Well, we're really excited with a great team victory. Both phases of the game were well played. I spent eight years in the pros, and I keep telling our players not to read a message board, never look at a mock draft - because it is meaningless, and not one time did we ever give information to a website picking an NBA draft. I think Terrence (Williams) is one of the best players in the country. This young man is a freak athlete, who has learned how to play the game. He's a great passer, defender, and has a great IQ of the game. Sometimes I watch out there as an ex-pro scout and think he's going to be some pro player. His basketball game has finally caught up to his athleticism. Earl (Clark) was great. If you look at (Andre) McGee, his stats aren't that impressive, but he dogs the entire night. He's an unbelievable defensive player."
"No question. Earl (Clark) was big and Samardo (Samuels) was big. This is the best offensive rebounding team in the BIG EAST. It is one thing to keep them off the glass, but it is another for you to get on the glass. If we got on the glass, we keep them out of transition. We made an effort tonight to go harder on the glass."
On scoring more
"I think our passing has gotten better. We have made some great passes. We executed in using screens and in their full court press. We played a terrific game. This time of year, Providence losses and Cincinnati is still in it. Everybody is fighting. We are fighting for a championship, and everyone is fighting for something. Everybody just plays so hard and that is what the BIG EAST is all about. What makes the BIG EAST is how hard everyone plays."
On Terrence Williams' best stat
"I think his offensive rebounding because they are such a good rebounding team. The passes he throws always leads to wide open things. He is 6-6 and reads everything. He is a helluva basketball player. Some pro basketball team will be very lucky to have him.
On UC's hopes of NCAA Tournament
"It is going to come down to whom can get the marquee win and who can get the tournament. I thought, quite frankly, that Notre Dame could be bad. But they went into Providence and beat them. Everybody knows that some of those teams don't want to bye. They want to play and get two or three more wins in the tournament. UC beats Georgetown twice, UC beats UNLV and we lost to UNLV. They are going to be in it all the way to the end. They are going to have to come up with a win at Syracuse. No one knows until you get to Madison Square Garden and play games. It will constantly change."