Dec. 7, 2013
New Mexico 63, Cincinnati 54
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
Albuquerque, N.M. - The Pit
Cincinnati Head Coach Mick Cronin
On the inside game:
"They got good players. Kirk and Bairstow are both really good players. Disappointed in our defensive effort in the interior. Too many layups, too many free throws. Kirk hit one tough shot. Bairstow, I think had one really good post move, the rest were layups and free throws. Disappointed, but they're very good players."
On the second half:
"We tried to resemble a basketball team that practices and passes the ball a little bit, actually runs offense and tries to execute. You can't go on the road against a really good team and play as bad as we played. Don't pass a ball, play one-on-one take terrible shots, get down by 15 and they expect to come back and win. You made a come back but to think you're gonna get over the hump against this team and this environment, in the middle of this arena, with their fans fired up to play against Cincinnati, it's not gonna happen. Too big, it's too big of a hole."
On shooting in first half:
"We let it affect our defense. We should have been down by six or seven and we let our bad offense affect our defense. We lost focus defensively. Until we finally got down fifteen and we finally started playing it was just too quick."
On how to improve:
"Tough to say, I mean I'll watch the film. Right now my mind's on our team. So many things that I gotta correct. So many things I'm disappointed in right now but you know one thing: we never quit. We never give up and it's a miracle we only got beat by nine points. As bad as we were on offense, that's a miracle. But we're not going to win games playing offense like that. We've got to find a way to be a more crisp team on the half court and pass the ball better."
On when Cincinnati closed the gap and UNM went to Bairstow:
"Not a surprise, you know I watched them play against (Sean Kilpatrick
) this summer (at the World University Games). From Australia, he's one of the best power forwards in the country. It's not a surprise what he did. He was so good this summer it was scary. He's been that way and he's carried it over another season. I think we got guys capable of doing a better job than he did against him."
On whether the loss can be a good experience:
"It has to be. It's a long year nobody's going undefeated. They got beat early, too, so the road is tough. Especially early your first time out on the road. We don't quit, we just gotta start playing a lot smarter on offense. We've got to execute better on offense. To be detailed about it, to play a good team, their initial reaction, their gonna scout you their gonna guard. You gotta get the two, three and four passes. Two ball reversals, second third fourth screen. And when we did get there, we did get good looks. But you're only going to get half of them. The problem is the other half you wasted, played one-on-one and took bad shots. And then you can't rebound bad shots."