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March 5, 2011

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UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI MEN’S BASKETBALL

POSTGAME QUOTES: Cincinnati 69, No. 17/17 Georgetown 47

March 5, 2011 ▪ Fifth Third Arena ▪ Cincinnati, Ohio

University of Cincinnati Quotes

Mick Cronin, Head Coach

Opening Statement

“Obviously Georgetown’s a man down and it’s hard to adjust so late in the year. They have other great players and they had a week to practice. I thought they had a chance to beat Syracuse, and they played well with us for a long time till they went cold. We just tried to wear them down as much as we could, and it would affect their three point shooting.  We weren’t really trying to turn them over as much as just wear them down. No one on our team had more than 4 field goals. We had 9 guys score a basket. That is tremendous and that is what we are all about. It is nice way to close out the regular season and win 6 out of 8 and more importantly getting a bye in the BIG EAST Tournament. A lot of great efforts at different points in the game. So many guys played well tonight. I thought it was fitting that Rashad, who’s been our glue guy all year, and he did a great job defensively all year, that he went out without scoring. I want him to score the rest of the year, but I thought it was funny because that’s how he’s been.”

On Defending Austin Freeman …

“SK was doing a decent job on him for a freshman. When I saw him comeback with him, I came back with Rashad. I thought we’d wear them out better. I didn’t want to make it a game of three point shooting. They have some guys that can really shoot the basketball. I thought with our crowd being a factor. I thought today was the best crowd of the year. I thought it affected our opponent and injected energy into our players. I hope it could be like that every game. It was like Cameron Indoor. It matters. I was thanking them after the play. They make guys miss free throws and rattle them. I’m trying to get them to come back next year especially the students.”

On Seniors Contribution …

“I wanted them to go out with a win. We’re going on a great run and I wanted to finish it out right. I wanted to go to New York with a good taste in their mouth. You talk to kids about little things. Darnell Wilks finally goes and gets a great offensive rebound and comes flying from the free throw line, and the next thing he hits a three. It’s amazing how that happens in basketball. I thought he gave us great energy today.”

On Yancy 10-10 From the Line …

“The guy has a really soft touch. He has a tendency to lean left when he shoots and follow thhru to the right. Right now, he has his shoulders steady and his ball in line. He’s worked at it. It’s really encouraging. When you are shooting in the 40s from the foul line, I don’t know how motivated you are to go get fouled.”

On Final Play of Half…

“I thought the pass from Rashad and Yancy getting open was part of the play. The guys at half court cut too soon and Yancy didn’t have any one to pass too. I think the guys did a great job. If you can get a shot off, you have a chance. I’m a big believer in giving it that one last shot. Look at the momentum it gave us. The kids have done a pretty good job of that all year. Yancy did a pretty good job of getting open.”

On Taking Away The Post From Georgetown …

“If you can’t score inside, it puts a lot of pressure on your other guys. We eliminated their low post play in both games, and it made them a one dimensional team. Yancy and Biggie did a great job of not giving those guys easy touches and turn and score. Our interior defense was the reason we were able to play so good defensively.”

On Enjoying the Success …

“When you are coaching at a big time place in the BIG EAST with the tradition we have, it’s how it should be. I’ve enjoyed coaching these guys since August 17th to go to Canada. WE really set the tone last April with our first workout. We made a pact that I coach and you play so that everyone can second guess me and not you. They’ve been fun to coach all year. There are some misconceptions. I say that Cash and Dion are hard to coach because they are too nice not that they are bid kids. It’s getting them to be tough everyday and be as good as Corie Fisher or Dwight Hardy. Try to be those guys and chase your dreams. I believe in their talent.”

 

On Larry Davis’s Three…

“The biggest shot of the game was Larry’s three. IT was a four point game and we were struggling to score. We were missing open shots and Dion was losing his confidence. Cash and Rashad weren’t able to put them in. I put Larry in and he made a monster shot. I think he sensed that someone needed to make a shot, and that’s why we have 24 wins.”

On Playing Best Basketball…

“I’m a little greedy and want a few back. I don’t want to lose at home. College basketball like college football, we seed but it doesn’t matter. You still have to play the games. If you are good, you will win. You want to play your best basketball later in the year. What I’ve said all year, is even our seniors that are in more dominant roles for the first time, I believed in our talent, we had a great attitude but scoring was my concern with this team. Early in the BIG EAST, we were a little shell shocked when we played some of the teams. We weren’t quite ready and didn’t have the confidence to win those games. I think we have the confidence. Our first game in New York, we could play a nationally ranked team in the first round, and they could have a higher NCAA seed than in the BIG EAST tournament.”

On Keeping Fresh…

“People ask me how was practice on Thursday, and I saw it was great. There wasn’t practice though; we just watched film. In New York, if we play Friday and Saturday, I can tell you that we won’t have any walk thru. It will be about cold tubs and energy drinks. And it isn’t just preparing for those games but also thinking about the next week. Kids play year around now that as a coach, one thing I’ve tried to do since I became a head coach, is keep teams fresh late in the year. I had to do that at Murray because you had to. I was really into that at Murray.”

Player Quotes

Rashad Bishop, Sr., F

On What it Means for Seniors…

“It means a lot. We didn’t shoot the best but we came out and played hard because we didn’t want to leave. We wanted to go out on top.”

On Defending Austin Freeman…

“I just tried to make it as hard as I could for him. He’s the only one that could make shots for himself so if we eliminate him, it helps us. We wear them down with our press. We have a lot more bodies than they do. Like Yancy said, they are down a ball handler and we just wore them down.”

On Emotions before Game…

“I expected someone to cry and I was disappointed in that. I had my money on Biggie crying.”

On Yancy’s Three at the Half…

“It gave us a little boost and a laugh too. It gave us that extra boost at the end.”

On Winning the Way UC Did …

“Everything was good. We got the W and that’s all that matters to me. It was like we did it. We talked about going out with a win, and when we saw that the game was out of reach, we realized we did it.”

Yancy Gates, Jr., F

On Sending Out Seniors with Win…

“Everybody’s happy. We talked about it a couple days ago to send them out without a win. We ruined a couple others senior nights and we didn’t want to do it again. It was important to get that win for our seniors.”

On Being 10-for-10 From The Free-Throw Line …

“I was hot. It was something I’ve been working on after practice. Coach always makes me shoot after practice.”

On Having First Game Bye…

“To have that extra day, it feels good. It just shows progression from last year to this year. This is the perfect time to find what we do best to help ourselves win. For us it is defense, and we try to keep working hard as a team. I think the sky’s the limit.”

On Making Lap Around Crowd…

“Whoever went first, we just followed them.”

On Coming Back After UConn…

“We felt we lost that game because we didn’t play with the energy and effort. IT was a loss but a good los because it brought us back down to earth and humbled us. We started to do things that we do best to get the win. The seniors and trying to stay focused and pushing us a lot. It is a little bit of everything.”

Georgetown University

John Thompson III, Head Coach

On Shooting Against Cincinnati …

“They do a good job of guarding, and both of these games, our perimeter shooting was a function of a lack of presence on the inside.”

On Post Play…

“We have to make sure that we get post presence from different people. I thought that especially Austin tried to attack the basket and get it in the paint. We have to get the ball inside and play inside out.”

On Cincinnati’s Three Pointers…

“Yancy’s a good player. He’s really good. I’m not surprised to see Yancy making a three. Sending them into the locker room with momentum was tough. More than that, there was a stretch that I felt they got three three’s in a way, and it was a key stretch. The game was tight, and they just got some successive threes. At the same time, we didn’t have the execution that we needed on the other end of the court. It went from a three point game to a fifteen point game.”

On Not Having Chris Wright…

“With Chris Wright sitting on the bench not able to play, the group that is in the locker room can win. We have to get to that point. We have to be able to be that when they make those three’s to know that we now have to execute. We took some bad shots after they made some good shots. Yes, we miss Chris, but we can win whether Chris is out there or not.”

On Cincinnati Compared to Years Previous…

“I don’t remember them from a couple years ago.”

Player Quotes

Austin Freeman, Sr., G

On Rashad Bishop’s Defense…

“He’s real strong. He tries to beat you to the spot every time. I just try to get him to lean one way and attack the other way.”

On Not Able to Have Impact…

“Knowing that Chris isn’t in the line-up, I have to be aggressive. I just tried to get to the basket and get fouls on their bigs. I tried to get my team open so I could get shots to them.”

Hollis Thompson, Jr., G

On How to See Team Improve in New York…

“I think defensive rebounding definitely and keeping our composure.”


 

 

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