Men's Basketball |
Dec. 17, 2011
Final Stats |
Radford at Cincinnati
Fifth Third Arena
Dec. 17, 2011
Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin
"When guys make shots the way we are making shots right now, it makes teams really make a decision on how they are going to defend us. We made a lot of shots early and it really spread them out. We were able to get the ball to the basket a lot more than we did against Wright State -- probably because we made 14 threes against Wright State. When you shoot the ball the court opens up for you. Cashmere Wright, like I said the other night. Right now, it's like coaching Tom Brady. He is just picking people apart. His stat line: 27 minutes, 25 points, six assists, zero turnovers and two steals. That doesn't count that I go in the locker room and he is in there with his arm around Kelvin Gaines telling him to keep his head up. `You are going to get better every day, you need to stay positive, and don't get down on yourself.' That's the stuff he's been doing all week. As long as he continues to give us that type of leadership and continue to command our team in that way, the sky is the limit for our team. It's really easy to coach. He isn't the only one, but a lot of people are following his lead. They are as focused a group as I've ever coached right now. We had the best practice of the year yesterday, by far.
On his team beginning to come together:
"The old line that we have six new guys and we're going to be a work in progress and I'm going to have to figure this team out. Nobody listened. They just say, well they are ranked, they should win. They shouldn't even rank teams early on in the season. It took us until last weekend to come together as a team and play with a common purpose and goal and have a bond. We've turned it into a positive on the court and continue to work hard in the community to turn our image into a positive in the community. It has really helped us right now. Obviously, with all due respect, we haven't played in the BIG EAST yet. "
On his team appreciating the opportunity:
"Yeah, really I sensed that. I talked a lot about in meetings last Sunday and Monday of representing our university and realizing that we have life pretty good. I get to coach college basketball. For me, it's extra because I'm home. For you guys, you get a college scholarship to play college basketball. Not just our players but young kids in general. You see a kid on a plane and you see him complaining to his mom that he doesn't want to be on a plane. Meanwhile, he's flying to Hawaii. Young people don't realize how good they've got it at times. Right now, I think we are playing like we appreciative the opportunity and the scholarship. We are trying to show people what we are all about, and we have to maintain it. Right now, that is our advantage without a doubt."
On Cashmere Wright's leadership role:
"It's his team. He plays point guard. That's why I try to talk to him about Zach Collaros and what he did when he took over, his record as a starter on our football team. I try to talk about quarterbacks and the Jason Kidds of the world. He was definitely reluctant. His personality has never been a step-to-the-front-follow-me guy. He's always just played 2-guard his whole life, even though he is fast and quick. When you are 6-1, in high school, there are little guys like me playing point. So, he never played point guard. He's really matured as a person and that's the difference. It needs to be his team, period. He has the ball in his hand. You have to bring Yancy's leadership skills to your level. Now you have people trying to copy him. They see how much he cares and he is raising other people to his level. That's what I told these guys, if I was one of the guys not playing, I'd be really nervous about my playing time. That is how you need to approach this."
No. 1 - Cashmere Wright, G
On continuation of success from last game vs. Wright State:
"Right now everyone is free. The only thing we worry about is defense. We are just more of a team right now. Everybody knows their job and you do your job and we should be okay. Now we have the younger people coming making shots and we are just building confidence for them so they can continue doing what they are doing."
On pulling team together:
"We are doing more things as a team right now. We are trying to build a team bond with each other. When you have team chemistry, everybody is pushing everybody. The confidence level in every person is rising up right now."
On team having more fun:
"You got to. At the time right now, where everyone is looking at us to fall apart, I think that is the best thing for us to do. We have to group together and just play, don't worry about nothing, just believe in each other and just keep playing, working hard, and everything else will take care of itself."
On the success of UC's offense:
"What Coach Cronin recruited, he is letting it show. He recruited a lot of scorers and guys that just want to score the basketball and be free. He is actually letting us do that right now and it is showing off. There are no scoring droughts because everyone is getting the opportunity to score. No one is getting upset with each other. We are going to keep playing hard on defense and make it up on offense."
On interaction with suspended teammates after Wright State game:
"The crazy part about that, when we came back from Wright state, when we got off the bus, every last one of them was waiting on us. They understand it is a team. They are going to come in when they get back and fit in to what we are doing. We are going to keep moving, keep moving as a team."
On Coach Cronin being happy with the way team is playing:
"Yeah, he's ecstatic. He is more so happy that the people who show leadership are showing leadership. We are just working hard. In practice, everyone is more energetic, putting confidence in each other and we are just working hard."
No. 15 - Jermaine Sanders, F
On style of play benefitting you:
"Yeah, I feel like the style of play has been good. I play a little more of the four and three position. I am a good pick and pop guy to knock down the three. I just feel like it is a better style for the whole team."
On his comfort level with playing the four:
"I just feel like it is more comfortable for me to play as a pick and pop guy and just shoot the open shot when I am open."
On confidence level after knocking down his first three pointer of season vs. Wright State:
"I have just been putting a lot of work in in the gym. That is why my shot is falling now. It is getting me more confidence playing more minutes."
Radford head coach Mike Jones
"We got off to a bad start. I thought the entire first half they completely out played us in every facet of the game. They were the aggressors from the very beginning. We talked about being the aggressor out of the gate and I thought that we played on our heels and I've got to give credit to them. They were extremely aggressive. I actually like the way they are playing now more than they were playing before. They're even better when they spread the court and drive with those athletic, aggressive guards that they have. We knew it was going to be a challenge for us coming in, but we wanted to be a little more aggressive out of the gate, but they took it to us and got off to a great start. It was an uphill battle from there."
On Cincinnati's performance against Wright State:
"Well, I watched the Wright State game. It was just like we expected it to be. They came out they spread the court, they make a lot of threes early and once they start making them early, they get confidence and it kind of fuels the rest of them. So, they were aggressive and confident tonight just like they were against Wright State."
On if he changed his plans in preparing for this UC team?
"We did a little bit. We changed our starting lineup a little bit to go a little bit smaller to match up more with their four-guard lineup. Again, because we weren't the aggressor they were able to get into the lane early on, draw help and then kick it out and they made some of those early threes and it just fueled their confidence."