Men's Basketball |
March 3, 2012
Final Stats |
Cincinnati at Villanova
March 3, 2012
Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin Quotes
On earning the double bye in next week’s BIG EAST Championship:
“It is quite an accomplishment considering what we have been through this season and with all the freshmen (on this roster) and the seniors departing (from last year) and the dynamics changing. Obviously, I didn’t envision JaQuon (Parker) tearing his groin; Cheikh (spraining) his ankle twice and guys getting suspended. I thought we would have to be a team that develops and improves over the year and we have. We’ve won six of our last eight. That’s our second season in a row with a winning record on the road in the Big East. I’m really proud of our guys.
“I was worried about our emotional gas tank today after what we’ve been through the last week with having played Louisville and South Florida and Marquette. I was really concerned if we had anything left. The guys gutted it out and did a great job.
“The double bye is a great accomplishment for anybody that gets it in this conference. For us, with what we’ve been through, it’s a great accomplishment for this team. And we needed it too.”
On Cincinnati responding after Villanova came back to take a lead:
“That’s probably the thing I’m most proud of. Obviously, I didn’t want them to come back. But to have a team like that to come back - make big shots and make a run at you – and for us have to answer like we did (shows) the evolution as an offensive team has come a long way from the beginning of the season. We hit some big shots and guys didn’t hesitate. I couldn’t have drawn it up any better for us. I was really proud of them.”
On UC’s ability to hit three-pointers toward the end of the game:
“I just had to get our guys to keep shooting. Our guys were getting gun shy on me. Villanova was playing smart. We were struggling from the outside. So they kept packing it in. As they were doing it, our misses were piling up. They continued to smartly make it harder for us to get the ball to Yancy Gates and to get the ball driven to the basket. We were going to have to make a shot. Plus, with Sutton and Yarou out there, they are big. So even sometimes when we would get the ball inside they would block them.”
On his comfort level with Dixon and Parker shooting free throws late:
“We don’t have the greatest numbers in the world, but Dion is really confident late in the game. JaQuon has great mental toughness. Cashmere (Wright) was the only one I was a little worried about because I could see how tired he was.
“We played a whole game with six turnovers. That’s our strength. We usually get more shots than the other team because we take better care of the ball.”