2008-09 Cincinnati Men's Basketball

Dec. 13, 2008

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Xavier at Cincinnati

December 13, 2008

Cincinnati, OH – Fifth Third Arena



Mick Cronin, Cincinnati Head Coach

Opening Statement

“Well obviously, we played as bad as a first half as you can play. We lost the game in the first half with horrendous offense. Fourteen turnovers led to a lot of lay-ups and fouls at the other end. Bad shots and turnovers kill your defense. We basically lost the game with a lack of execution on the offensive end. You can say it is inexperience. A lot of our guys don’t have experience, but that isn’t an excuse we will accept. We have guys that can play basketball. We are more than capable of executing our offense.”


On Deonta Being Assertive

“I tell him be assertive all the time. He missed wide open shots in the first half. When we did execute in the first half, he missed. He isn’t always going to make shots, but we need to rebound.”


On Losing the Game

“There are going to be bumps in the road. You can never accept it as a coach. You have to find a way. The last thing you say is next year we will be better. We have to worry about Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and then next week. The thing about good teams is they don’t give games away. Our number one game plan was to not lose this game by giving away free throws and lay-ups. That is what exactly what happened.”

On Turnovers in First Half

“We had fourteen turnovers, but bad shots can be considered a turnover. We had at least ten bad shots. Then you wonder why they had 39 points because you can’t defend run outs. If they don’t have all the run outs that they had, they struggle to score. That is what killed us.”


Rashad Bishop, So., F

On What is Disappointing

“Our effort. We didn’t come out with effort in the beginning. We were sluggish and not doing the things we needed to do to win. I’m surprised. I thought people would be more amped to play the game because it is a rival. Things happen and we have to keep fighting.”


Deonta Vaughn, Jr., G

On Not Having Poise

“We have new people and they don’t know what it is like to play an opponent like this. They don’t know how important the game is. We didn’t set the tempo as the starting five. We came out sluggish, and it carried over.”


On Having to Go Back to Drawing Board

“It’s not back to the drawing board. We know what we have to do. When we play a good opponent, we have to play hard. We have to start hard, and we can’t decide to pick it up when we want to. We have to start like that.”


Xavier University

Sean Miller, Head Coach

Opening Statement

“A very hard fought game from start to finish. It is scary when you have a halftime lead like we did because you know they will come out with their backs up against the wall. For the second half, Deonta was almost unstoppable. The story for us is this: we have some older players in our program and they are winners. When you play any hostile game, especially on the road, you hope your veterans can set the tone for everybody else. The second point is we are a better free throw shooting team. We made 29 tonight, and when you make 29-of-36 it is hard on the other team. I think our efficiency from the line was a big story.”


On Performing on the Glass

“They are among the best for offensive rebounding. The reason we had the lead at the half was they had three. They had 12 at the second half. When a team is fighting hard from a deficit, they will get a few more. I thought they started wearing us down. From the same token, in total rebounds it was 42 to 36. Any Xavier coach would take that.”


On Dante Jackson’s Defense of Deonta
“Dante is a talented defender. He isn’t thin, but he’s strong and very long. He had a year in our program where he watched Stanley Burrell. He has taken that role on this year’s team. He has defended some very good perimeter shooting. He played a good game.”


Dante Jackson, So., G

On Defending Deonta Vaughn

“I don’t know if it was so much me. Our teammates did a great job. We were rebounding the ball. I think it was a combination. It wasn’t just me. BJ (Raymond) did a great job when he was on him. Our team did a really good job in the first half.”


On Back to Back Threes

“The coaches just say shoot when you are open. I felt like I was open. I think it was big for our team to build a lead back up. I was kind of struggling with my confidence, but I’m ok.”


C.J. Anderson, Sr., G/F

On UC’s Run

“We have been in close games all year. The tournament in Puerto Rico helped us. We knew UC wouldn’t quit, and we figured they would make a run eventually. We didn’t get rattled, and we really didn’t do anything different.”