Men's Basketball |
Nov. 9, 2007
Box Score |
Head coach Mick Cronin
"Well, our worst fears came to fruition tonight with having to play Belmont, which is an excellent team. They are extremely well-coached with really no big men. You have to give Belmont a lot of credit; they played really hard. We had a lot of breakdowns on offense that caused us to play poor defense. We weren't executing our offense, and we weren't getting the ball inside and making the extra pass. We only had eight deflections, and we could never get our defense set."
On veteran play:
"Our problem with our line up right now is all the freshman, and Deonta has to play too many minutes. Marvin gets into foul trouble, and this forced Deonta to play too many minutes. Deonta didn't play his best game tonight. Seven turnovers for him are really hard for me to imagine. He needs to be a better player to win."
On playing tomorrow:
"We've got to get ready to play tomorrow. We knew Belmont had a really good team. It's early in the year, and when Jamual Warren got hurt, it was going to cause problems for us. The reality of it is we've got two freshmen that are trying to guard Belmont. We weren't able to pressure them, and you have to give them credit. If you were going to tell me that Belmont would have twelve steals and we would have six, I wouldn't have believed it."
Sophomore Guard Deonta Vaughn
"Coach told us they were a good team, but we didn't come out ready to play. He said they were going to come out ready, and if we didn't come out prepared they were going to beat us badly, and that's what they did. They came in here and beat us in our home court."
On coming out ready to play
"We prepared throughout the week, but when it came to the game, no one really came out and played. We weren't talking like we normally do, we just didn't get after it the way we do in practice."
On overlooking Belmont
"No, I don't think we overlooked them, we just didn't play up to the expectations that Coach has for us. We didn't play the way we thought we should've played."
On Belmont's easy baskets
"We weren't talking, they were setting a lot of screens, and got a lot of looks off of those. We weren't coming together, we weren't switching on the screens and just losing our man, which led to easy baskets."
Freshman Guard Larry Davis
On Belmont's ability to distribute the ball
"They were just sharing the ball, finding the open man. They made the extra pass and that's what hurt us. We weren't making the extra pass, We were just shooting the ball."
On the disappointment of tonight's game
"It's real discouraging, we wanted to come out to a great start, and just come out with the expectation to win. I think we got down on ourselves, and everyone sort of broke down, which led to them scoring easy baskets. We let them beat us with what they do best. They come out and shoot threes, and that's what we let them do."
Head coach Rick Byrd
On the first game of the season:
"There are a lot of things that go into the first game and it is so important. You work all off season and the practices are geared to the first game. That's what's so gratifying about this win. Mick's got a young program, and he's going to be a lot better. We know that he has worked since last year for this game. For us to get them on that one, I don't think you can say that they weren't ready to play, but it is a good win for us."
On wins for mid-major teams thus far this season:
"We've had a good team for a couple of years now. When you are a mid major, you have to beat people and its almost always on the road. You have to beat people like Cincinnati, and it's a big win for the team and the program.
On the game plan:
"Our guys made some great adjustments on their own. They extended their defense more than I expected. They made back cuts and plays on their own. We have some pretty smart kids, and the biggest plus for our team is that we showed up and competed. I think we let Cincinnati know that we were here to compete and not to wither away. Our mental approach that we took is more important than anything the coaches did."