Cincinnati-North Carolina A&T Postgame Quotes|
Nov. 18, 2012
North Carolina A&T at Cincinnati
Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin
On Minutes Played:
"When you get into a game and it's up at a certain point, I certainly think 26 minutes would have been the max minutes for anybody tonight, not just (Kilpatrick). I wanted to get Shaquille Thomas at least 20 minutes. I knew that going into the game. I'm just trying to get some guys ready. He hadn't played as much as some other guys. Jermaine, GeLawn, and Jeremiah played last year. You can only get so many opportunities, and it's his first year, so he needs them. Those guys have played."
On the development of the younger players:
"I'm sure some people are wondering how good are we? I can tell you this we aren't good enough yet, but nobody is. That is my job. Using these games to try and improve and get guys minutes. Make sure our guys continue to understand what is out there for us, and our veteran guys know that. If you see me during the game that is what I'm reminding guys of constantly."
On UC's free throw shooting and tomorrow's 7am shooting practice:
On Kelvin Gaines:
On Cheikh Mbodj's defensive rebounding:
Cincinnati Player Quotes
No. 23 - Sean Kilpatrick, G
On his finishing 66.7 percent from the field:
"I was just playing within the game and the flow of the game. Everyone was finding me early. On top of that, there were just open shots. Couldn't of been a good night without the team."
On if this offense suits his style:
"I think so because most of us are all scorers, so we all want to score of course. It opens the floor a lot more to better opportunities. You can also just find the players because the whole floor is just open."
On if Coach Cronin said something to the team about free throw shooting:
"We have 7 a.m. free throws. There's no late night, staying up and watching ESPN. We're all going straight to sleep."
On if the team has ever shot free throws like that before:
"We've never had a bad day at the line like we did today. First time for everything."
On if there was anything he didn't like about today's game:
"I would say so. I still don't like the turnover look. Thirteen is still a lot of turnovers, but at least we had more assists than turnovers."
On UC's defense:
"That comes along with the pressure on the ball and that everyone off the ball is really alert to what's going on. The scouting yesterday was based on you have to be alert off the ball because they can go backdoor or they can creep up a hit a three. So everyone was alert and trying not to let their man score, but also playing help defense."
No. 3 - Shaquille Thomas, F
On how much playing time in these game helps:
"It helped me out a lot. Next week when we go to Las Vegas, it'll help me a lot because it'll give me confidence and help me get into the grove of things after sitting out a year."
On his confidence now:
"It's getting back there. These guys, like Sean and Parker, that play on the wing try and help me on practice and tell me the right spots to be."
On how the adjustment how has been thus far:
"A lot of ups and downs. I'm handling it pretty well."
On what's been the hardest thing:
"Just being in the right spot on defense. The game is faster than high school. Mainly you just have to be in the right spot."
North Carolina A&T head coach Cy Alexander
On the game in general:
"Cincinnati is a great basketball team. We didn't step up and meet the challenge to try and play at this level. They were just a better basketball team than us. We continued not to be able to put the ball in the basket from an offensive standpoint. We've just got to keep doing what we are doing. Hopefully sooner than later, some of the people we are counting on, their shots will fall. We got beat by a better team. There is not a whole lot of strategy involved. Cincinnati was a better basketball team than us. Maybe not 40 points better, but still a better team."
On if his team did a good job trying to stop (Sean) Kilpatrick:
"No. We didn't make the adjustments. We told them what he was capable of doing. This was the first game from a defensive standpoint that I was disappointed in our defensive effort. We knew what we had to do from a defensive standpoint and we didn't do it. It appeared to me from the sideline that we were somewhat intimidated which there is no excuse for whether you are playing mid-major, high-major, or whatever major, you got to step up to the competition that you are playing against. We didn't do that. We played like a team who was scared."
On the height of Cincinnati:
"That is a great defensive weapon that Cincinnati has. They have that big kid in the middle. They block shots. We attacked the basket and tried to score and they just blocked us. That is deflating to our kids."
On what they will take from this game:
"Well, I don't want to take anything from this game. I want to just throw this game away and start over against Iowa State. There is nothing that we can take away from this game except to get better."
On his impressions of Cincinnati:
"I think they got a great mix of inside-outside and ability to get strong defensive presence in the middle. They got Kilpatrick, Cashmere Wright, and Parker on the perimeter. They all three can play. They got depth and keep the pressure on you. Their pressure caused us a few problems and kept us from really attacking."