Cincinnati-Campbell Postgame Quotes

Nov. 20, 2013

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Campbell vs. Cincinnati
Fifth Third Arean
Postgame Quotes

UC head coach Mick Cronin

Opening statement:

“Well at least we finally shot a high percentage. I will give us that, but I was unhappy with our turnovers. We’re supposed to win the game from a talent standpoint, we’re at home. I’m not really focused on the score, but it’s nice to win obviously.

“But it’s a process. We’re trying to build a team that’s consistent with our effort. We had a lot of breakdowns that don’t show up in the stat sheet. Actually, they do. They shot 48 percent in the second half against us and they had more offensive rebounds than we did which are two stats that are totally unacceptable in our program.

“So it’s all a process on getting better. We’ve got to continue to get better at boxing out. We got exploited in some areas tonight with our half-court defense. They did a good job of attacking our pressure, give Campbell some credit. I thought some of their kids especially Andrew Ryan did a great job of pushing the ball and Reco McCarter really did a pretty good job as well. Of course, it would’ve helped if our guys had known they were left-handed. We worked on that for three days. I have three assistant coaches and I have to go see the ear doctor tomorrow because they were screaming left. I don’t know why we have to scream left when we’re playing a team were everybody is left-handed. So it shouldn’t be that hard to figure out that they are left-handed it’s not like it’s just one guy.

“So there were a lot of things I was upset about like things in our program that are acceptable that happened tonight, but we did have 36 field goals and shot 63 percent. I thought our passing was really good. I thought our big guys were sloppy in the first half, especially. They had six of our eight turnovers, and Jermaine Lawrence had three.”



On if the points they got inside were due to Campbell’s defense or UC’s execution of the offense:

“It was a combination. They’re a matchup zone team, switching team, so we were trying to get them to switch and just throw it inside. We were trying to be really complicated. Then again we have some guys that can score in there and it would’ve been nice if we could have played Dave (Nyarsuk) but it’s just tough to play Dave against a team that’s got their five man shooting three-point shots. It’s almost impossible to play him unless we are going to plat zone, obviously they were 11 for 22 from three. It’s not like I want to play a whole lot of zone, so it’s hard to give Dave minutes.”

On if Justin Jackson’s performance offensively is what he has been looking for from him this season:

“Yeah, I thought he could’ve have done a lot better than he did to be honest with you. He had a couple of lazy plays, but he did a good job on the offensive glass. I would like to get to the point where we can run a lot of offense through him, trust him with the basketball. But one of the things I believe in is you can’t ask guys to do something that they have never done before. So going into the game before we get to certain points in our season we have to get him touches in the post so he can get a comfort level in live action.

“We obviously in practice all the time but not just him but Titus (Rubles), and Jermaine Lawrence as well. You can’t say well you got no post game you have to try and you have to develop them, you have to give them the ball and you got to get your spacing and movement around them so you can play inside out. Our guys know that it’s something we have worked on the last couple days, I try to create a switch with this team and get it inside but it was good practice for him and even with that I thought we were a little sloppy.

“Again we had eight turnovers the big guys had eight but only two in the second half and I thought we let our guard down to much tonight our pursuit wasn’t as relentless as we needed it to be. We were only interested in playing about 20 minutes tonight, if we do that when conference play start you’re going to lose. So it’s a lesson you have to learn and it’s why you have to play these games. Guys have to learn that you have to toughen up. You’ve got to be able to play 40 minutes.

On what it means to him for Sean Kilpatrick to eclipse the 1,500 career points mark:

“I’m just happy I get a chance to coach him. As a coach, you have a chance when you have guys that care and take ownership in a program. He, Justin (Jackson) and Titus (Rubles) are all that way, but to the point of your question, the guy’s effort is tremendous. I just have to get him to block out better. One area where he has to become a better player is his defensive rebounding. If I sound like I am being picky I am because it would be nice to try to compete and win a championship, the first one would our conference championship. So you’re talking about beating everybody and trying to win every game, so you have to eliminate mistakes and be good at everything. You have to better than your opponent.

“But anyways, he is for a scorer a true warrior a lot of scorers are pretty and jump shooters and all that but SK is all work. He is a self-made player I give him all the credit. I have tremendous respect for him. He has made himself into who he is with toughness, sweat, commitment, and sacrifice. He is a great example for our younger players a great example.”    

#5 Justin Jackson, F

On being more comfortable in the post:

“Like I said in the beginning, Mick and I sat down and talked about it, and he said I would be more effective as a post player, than someone that plays more around the perimeter, and I agreed with him. I bought into what he said and we wound up working on it the whole summer. I just got my feel for it.”

On shooting over 60 percent from the field:

“I give credit to Campbell, they played hard but we just played our game. We weren’t worried about their defense. We went out there and executed what we needed to do.”

On his favorite kind of block:

“My favorite kind of block is catching it, but I haven’t done that yet. I’m working on it though.”

On what he was most happy about with the team tonight:

“Just playing our game, playing hard, and executing. We really ran our plays well tonight. We bought into the game today and it was effective.”

#3 Shaquille Thomas, F

On his mid-range game:

“I have been working on it all summer and it’s really effective. I am just trying to get more comfortable with it each and every game. I know they are going to end up falling because it goes in at practice, so I just have to keep on working it.”

Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan
On fighting hard throughout the game:
"I really thought we did fight hard in the second half. That is a tough team to play. They are really aggressive for 40 minutes. I thought we settled down nicely. We still turned the ball over, but I felt like our turnovers in the second half were aggressive and attacking. We were breaking the press and trying to be aggressive. Some things that happened were a result of that, but some good things came out of it too. I think that is the kind of team I want to be. I thought we competed. We talked about the rebounding which was 28-27. I am pretty proud of that part. We turned the ball over a little more than we needed to."

On Andrew Ryan making five threes:
"He shot great tonight. I was more proud of the toughness because he was gritty the whole way. He rebounded the ball some and was good on defense. He really helped relieve some pressure in the second half. That is a lot of minutes. You could tell he was getting a little bit tired because he was not coming to the ball every single time late. Part of that is a result of Andrew becoming more assertive on going to get the ball and helping us break the press."

On his team fighting throughout the game and not folding:
"We have a good bunch of guys that work hard. I was expecting there to be resilience coming out of the other day even with the short rest and the travel. I was expecting resilience. I just didn't know where Cincinnati was going to factor in. That is about as hard as a game as you can play coming off what we just faced this week. I felt like we did a nice job responding."

On not playing until next Wednesday:
"I was just telling our guys that I think part of what we are going to do over the week is try to tighten up some things over the first two days or so. We will be off tomorrow and then practice two days of tightening up some things and put in a few more things that aren't going to be super complicated, but will help us in late game situations. We will maybe put in another defense and some things that can help us now that we have experienced some game situations. We start to see what shows up and where you can figure out what you need. We will figure out that during those two days and then we will prep for St. Andrews."