Cincinnati-Northwestern State Postgame Quotes


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Nov. 21, 2011

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Northwestern State at Cincinnati
Fifth Third Arena
Nov. 21, 2011
Postgame Quotes

Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin
Opening Statement:
“Obviously, I don’t think it takes a genius to say that’s the best we’ve played all year and that’s the best team we’ve played all year. They remind me of my old Murray State teams. They are very athletic and quick. They do a great job pressuring the basketball, denying passing lanes. We had to make some adjustments with that. They forced Marshall into 22 turnovers.  I thought once we settled down and adjusted to their denying and pressure defense, we were able to get the ball into the paint and get to the free throw line. It changed the game. Once we were able to get Dion attacking the basket, our offense started picking up. Our defense was constant all night and our attitude was great. It was good to see some other guys to play well.”

On Cheikh Mbodj seeing his first action of the season:
“Cheikh Mbodj has been working out, but it’s not the same as running up and down. We needed to try and get him some conditioning. We had to let him go. He was on a 12 minutes or less playing (situation).  He’s still nowhere near where he needs to be, but he changes our team.”

On the guard play of Ge’Lawn Guyn:
“He can play either spot because he can make shots and he’s tough enough to guard a bigger guy. (Wright’s) experience is at chasing guys off screens so you can rest (Wright) and let Ge’Lawn pressure the ball. We didn’t press tonight because we were trying to stay solid (in the halfcourt). We thought if we stayed solid, they would struggle to score on us. A lot of what they do in their conference, their big guys can really score inside. That is hard to do, we are a pretty big team and that’s hard to do on us. Some of the looks they are usually used to getting would be taken away.”

On the team’s reaction to Presbyterian loss:
“We’ve been through this. One thing about my older group, we hadn’t lost to Presbyterian before, but we’ve been through people doubting us. It’s a long year. You don’t ever want to lose to get a wake- up call. It is what it is.”

On the play of Sean Kilpatrick:
“His intensity was tremendous, and his intensity usually is tremendous. He’s another guy that I would like to get him more open looks from the three-point line. But we have two things that we need to improve on screening and passing. He got a three in the second half off a double screen. We tried it run that play three times before that and never got to that point. One of the freshmen forgot it or stuff that you don’t see. It’s early in the year. We have to be able, when we are struggling, we have to get the ball to Yancy down low or get (Kilpatrick) an open shot. We have to be able to come out of a timeout and run that stuff and execute. That stuff is all important as you go on.”

Cincinnati Player Quotes
No. 34 Yancy Gates, F
On reaction to the lead shrinking as it did against Presbyterian:
“We called it out, Coach Cronin called it out, so that is when he put me in and told me to try to get something going toward the rim. It wasn’t just this game, all games we are trying to avoid that low point in the second half.”

On impact of having Cheikh Mbodj finally healthy enough to play:
“Cheikh is going to be a big help. That took nine minutes off my play tonight. I was able to come out for longer stretches and come back in fresher. That is a big body. Instead of having just me and Kelvin (Gaines), that is a third big body so Coach Cronin can do different things with that; play us together, sub us in. That is going to be real big as he gets into the flow and gets back healthy. For his first night out, he did real good. He didn’t try to force anything. He just came in and tried to find his role and fit in.”

No. 23, Sean Kilpatrick, G/F
On if the team is thinking too much on offense:
“Most likely, yeah, because we are a team that shares the ball, tries to get everyone involved. The shots that we can have are dead open, but trying to get everyone involved, we are passing up open shots. That is the reason we have a lot of shooting turnovers because we are not ready to shoot because we are so focused on passing the ball.”

On practice following the Presbyterian loss:
“Coach let us have it, but then again he told us that it is not only our fault, but it is his fault too. That is tough coming from a coach. He is coaching and we are doing all the work really. The last couple days were crazy though. It was kind of embarrassing to be honest with you.”

No. 1 Cashmere Wright, G
On difficulty of finding an offensive flow:
“We just have to figure out what works and what doesn’t. We can’t just keep forcing the ball to one side and, me personally, I just got to make better decisions.”

On getting turnovers corrected:
“I think right now it is more mental than anything else. I’m thinking too much. I’m trying not to turn the ball over, but it is causing me to turn the ball over (more). If I get back to what Coach Cronin was saying, if you turn the ball over, then ‘oh well,’ just play. Just play aggressive and do your thing. Don’t worry about turning the ball over. Don’t worry about your stats, just keep playing.”

Northwestern State head coach Mike McConathy
Opening Statement:
“It’s that old McConathy luck. Cincinnati loses to Presbyterian. You catch somebody at the wrong time and we definitely caught them at the wrong time. They are an extremely hard and tenacious team that got after it. They knocked down shots with the big guys. I thought we did some good things, but when you can’t score, you can’t win. I thought they did a great job of making it to where we couldn’t score. That’s the way that good basketball programs and good basketball teams play.”

On William Mosley’s injury:
“We’re hoping he’s well. He’s a special kid and he’s on track to be the fourth leading shot blocker in the history of the game. The trainer looked at it and said it wasn’t any looser than the other knee. The swelling wasn’t bad, so we’re just really hopeful and prayerful that it will be okay.”

On UC bouncing back from Presbyterian loss:
“There’s no doubt. The frustrating thing for me was that I thought we came in and competed a lot better than we did against Marshall. Marshall is a big, strong and athletic team just like (UC). But, I just felt like we competed harder and we worked harder against them. But they were A to B to C doing what they had to do and making plays. They did a great job.”

On forcing 19 turnovers:
“That’s the way we have to play. Normally, we rotate five in and five out, but in the first half I sent five in and it stayed on nine (points) forever. So, I just couldn’t go back in to do that. It’s very difficult to do it against top 25 teams.”

On the difference between UC and Marshall:
“I felt like the low post presence of getting the ball inside over the top, even though they got a lot of shots, I thought Marshall rebounded really well. And I feel like Cincinnati did too, but Marshall went to the boards extremely well. I don’t know if the ball was always bouncing to (Marshall), but I felt like at times, we were in pretty good position. But, I think the half-court defense that (UC) will be playing will be a difference maker. Even though (Marshall’s) guys are pretty good; they’re not broad like (UC’s players). What do you call those airplane-hanger shoulders that I kept seeing out there?
On competing against Yancy Gates:
“Yancy just does things so soft. And he’s got to be good to be here at this level. It’s a hard thing to deal with and we don’t spend a lot of time talking about that. Because we have to come in and compete and you don’t want your team to think they’re in a position where they are overmatched. They have to come earn their stripes every time they play and that’s a tough, tough match up. It’s rough. He looks like he’s 320 (pounds), and I don’t mean that negatively, but he’s just so big. What’s amazing about him is that everything is so soft. He just sucks the ball in when it’s caught. He turns around and has pace to his game. That to me is impressive. He has an assuredness about himself because he’s played at this high level. That makes a lot of difference; when you know that you’re one of the best players on the floor. But when you’re sure of yourself, it makes a lot of difference because you’re playing with a different level of confidence.”




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