Postgame Quotes: Campbell University at Cincinnati|
Nov. 20, 2012
Campbell University at Cincinnati
November 20, 2012
Fifth Third Arena
Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin
“Although I was disappointed in our defense in the second half, I was happy with the fact that we were able to get under some game pressure. Not good but maybe, maybe a little wakeup call that some of our guys needed as far as keeping our focus and playing 40 minutes. Playing a team that when you do break down can exploit you a little bit, put some fouls on you, put the ball in the basket the way they did in the second half. We rested on defense in the second half. We paid the price. We didn’t have any energy on the defensive end of the floor second half. I give them all the credit because I think they took a lot of our energy away from us with their toughness and the way they took care of the ball and worked their offense. Credit to them.”
On if he was pleased with how the team responded:
On Cashmere Wright, Sean Kilpatrick and JaQuon Parker playing more than 30 minutes:
On if he’s okay with Wright, Kilpatrick and Parker taking the majority of the shots:
On Iowa State:
On if he sees this as a chance to see how good they are:
“No, because if you win them both, they say you’re great and we’re not great. If you lose them both, they’re going to say you stink and you don’t stink. If you win one and lose one, they’re going to say you’re just okay. And none of it means anything because it’s November. It’s just the truth. At the end of the day, it’s the truth. You need these kinds of games. You get to compete. Number one, I’m interested in us competing, being able to deal with adversity, make the adjustments that we need to make. Find out how to win a game, instead of worrying about how many we’re winning by. We need to win by one. That’s all you need to win by. You got to stay together. You got to make adjustments. You got to play to your strengths and everybody’s got to play within themselves. You got to be solid on the defensive end. Obviously, you play these types of teams. I think both of these teams are NCAA tournament teams and Oregon. Should say all three teams. Oregon, they got the kid from Rice, [Arsalan] Kazemi eligible. They have one of the best coaches in college basketball for years, Dana Altman. You’re talking about three teams that we can play that are all probable NCAA tournament teams. It’s good. We need it. Looking forward to it. But, it’s not going to say anything because if we don’t play well, we’re not going to quit. We didn’t quit last year. Things couldn’t have been much worse at 5-3 after the Xavier game than they were a year ago. But if you win both, you don’t hang a banner saying you’re 6-0 either. It’s November. It’s not college football. One win doesn’t mean anything. We’re going to keep on getting better.”
On if the players look it as a test:
“They’re excited. They’re ready. They’re excited. You have to understand, I don’t know if you asked them this but they’re sitting around. They’re watching all these other games on TV. They’re seeing who’s playing who and all this other stuff. We don’t always get excited to those big parties. Fortunately for us, Lon Kruger and I are friends and we did this four years ago. We put it together again. Dana Altman has become a friend of mine and so has Fred Hoiberg. It’s good for all four of us.”
UC Player Quotes
#1-Cashmere Wright, G
On tonight’s game compared to the previous three games:
On having a career-high scoring night but not being satisfied with the performance:
On the concern of struggling free-throw shooting:
On expectations of Vegas trip:
#44-JaQuon Parker, G
On if they are ready for tougher competition in teams like UNLV and Iowa State:
Campbell head coach Robbie Laing
“I think the obvious difference in the game was rebounding, particularly from the wing players of Cincinnati. They’ve got 17 rebounds between their two and their three, which is pretty incredible. If you look at the assists for each team, we had to play a lot of one on one because we were taken totally out of our offense. This is the most imposing defense we have seen to date, so it forced us into a lot of one-on-one play - 29 baskets and only 14 assists.
“On the flip side, if you look at Cincinnati, they only have 13 assists on 32 (baskets), which means unfortunately, for us they were sweeping and going right to the rim. We weren’t taking charges and they were finishing and what they didn’t finish they tipped back in. It was a game where we weren’t tied together like we needed to be early. When you’re playing a team that is a little bigger, a little more talented than you are you really have to be a cohesive unit to try to counter that. We weren’t early, made a little progress in the second half and I was really pleased with that and that bodes well for our team’s future I think. We were just playing a superior opponent I think this evening.”
On what the team did well in the second half besides Darren White making shots:
“We did get some fast break opportunities that we cashed in on. They weren’t as good in defensive transition in the second half and we stepped up and took what they gave us; mid-range jump shots, and we actually made an adjustment where we tried to play through the middle, meaning, with our four, five and one, from the top of the key or three-point directly to the smiley face up under the basket, that’s where we were trying to attack. By doing that, it eliminated a lot of the help side defense and created some situations where we could use our quickness as opposed to attack their length all night long and their help side defense.
On the comparisons with Iowa State who Campbell previously played and who Cincinnati plays on Friday:
“That is a very good question. We started the game at Iowa State very well. We had it in good shape, 20-19. They allowed us to run offense and we had a chance most of the evening. We were eight down at the half. We made some ridiculous turnovers to put ourselves in that position. The second half they ran it up to 13, I think we stayed between eight and 13 most of the way.
“Each game is its own separate entity, you all have seen that, but the two that I saw, Cincinnati is much more physical. I don’t want to give bulletin board material to Iowa State. Cincinnati sat on top of us tonight defensively, we didn’t see that at Iowa State. Cincinnati smothered us. We couldn’t reverse the ball; they forced us into one-on-one play. Cincinnati is too long for us to convert one-on-one baskets, Iowa State didn’t have that problem. Offensively, Cincinnati is a little tighter and executed awfully well. They haven’t had to execute from what I’ve seen early in the year on the tapes, but tonight when the game got a little bit tighter and they needed buckets, they had composure, they set good screens, they exploded off and they finished plays. Just my observation, they’re going to (Las) Vegas, there is a line out there somewhere I’m sure but I think Cincinnati is ranked where they ought to be in comparison to Iowa State. They’re a little bit further ahead right now.
“Iowa State just added (Chris) Babb as a two guard. Our game was the first time he played anybody and he’s a difference maker, he’s a good player so that could change the dynamics of their team as well, but they are both very good teams. I think Cincinnati is going to guard a little better and that is going to give them a chance I believe, a neutral floor in Vegas, who knows.”