Cincinnati-Alabama State Postgame Quotes


Men's Basketball |

Nov. 13, 2011

Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin
Opening Statement:
“One thing about Alabama State is their kids play really hard. We outmanned them from a size standpoint. I can understand why they went to the NCAA tournament. They competed until the end.

“I think we played as well as we could in the first half. Justin really got us going with some blocked shots and steals. We got the ball moving and made extra passes. One problem is we were 1-of-9 from the three. We were taking open shots, but we couldn’t make them.

“In the second half we weren’t as sharp. We had 10 turnovers, which I addressed in the locker room. Kids were forcing it a little too much inside. Our defense was excellence. I was really happy with Sean Kilpatrick. We had a long talk about not relying on shooting and he has to be a basketball player. He really took it to heart after the NKU game. He almost had a double-double.”

On knowing what buttons to push on Sean Kilpatrick:
“I know him pretty well. He’s a great kid and he’s very competitive. His weakness is he wants to do so well and he puts so much pressure on himself. He’s almost in nervous breakdown mode some times. Being a basketball player isn’t all about shooting and scoring. These guys all have hopes and dreams as players. You have to play the game. Some nights you’ll make shots and sometimes you won’t. You’ll be recognized by your floor game. He slowed down a little bit more tonight, and he got in there and rebounded.”

On team passing:
“We had a team talk on Friday about roles. Guys have hopes and dreams, but No. 1 is to get the win. All No one will recognize you if you aren’t in the top 20. People won’t respect you if you don’t win. We still have a lot of growth in passing. It leaves a lot to be desired. It makes your offense flow so much better. All of the guys did so much better in the first half of making the extra pass. We missed wide open shots.”



On Octavius Ellis:
“Since Cheikh went done, it’s given him more opportunity in practice. He’s had to battle in practice. He’s a guy that is raw in regards to having a lack of fundamentals from a coaching standpoint. He’ll admit it right away. Literally, he had to ask what a pivot foot is. That is what you are dealing with. He is a tough kid and highly competitive. That is how I discovered him. I didn’t discover Octavius Ellis by scoring 20 points. I saw a skinny 6-9 kid who wouldn’t give up and his team was being blown out the opponent. Strength wise he has a ways to go. He’ll never be a bulky guy but he plays tougher than he looks.

On Yancy Gate’s approach:
”Yancy was fine. Offensively, it was an off night for him. They were sending 3-4 people tonight. He would tell you that he would be disappointed in his free throws. He’s been making them. For him to get 15 (points) and 11 (rebounds) and he didn’t have a great night, it is good to get to a point where he gets a double-double and he doesn’t have a great night.”

UC vs. Alabama State Postgame Comments

Cincinnati Player Quotes

Junior guard/forward Sean Kilpatrick
On Coach Cronin demanding more in practice:
“I was just trying to do any and every thing to help the team win. Coach said that if I am one of the ones that does the intangibles then I can be a big factor on this team. That is all I am worried about, I could care less about anything else but winning.”

 On not getting the desired 10 rebounds:
“It happens, but I really wasn’t worried about it as long as we won.  I was just trying to do pretty much anything just to get there, spin-offs and swims. Seeing people like Yancy (Gates) rebound, I am just trying to get little tactics like that. If a guard is rebounding like that, it is hard to stop that team.”

 On being aggressive on offense:
“Coach told me, last practice actually, we had won two games without me even getting a free throw, so I just wanted to start from the free throw line.”

On Coach Cronin trying to make you tougher in practice this week:
“Yeah, especially with him ranting and raving about the other team rebounding. We had seen their film and everything and saw how hard they go, so if you didn’t box out in this game, then you were going to be in for a long night.”

On Coach Cronin knowing how to push you:
“The past three years he has known me better than everybody, so he knows his limits with me and how to get me and how to really get me amped up. He pushes my buttons, but I like it. I’ve got to be effective and if not, when BIG EAST rolls around then, it is going to be trouble.”

Senior forward Yancy Gates
On physically imposing his will on the inside:
“I am just trying to always go. When a shot goes up, even if I’m not in the area, just try to go. You never know where the ball is going to bounce off the rim. If you constantly go, some of them just bounce right to you. I’m just try to always go and keep going.”

On if the game was a good start to the season:
“It was pretty good. We still have to get better on offense. We still only had 65 points. I think to be good, like coach said, we have to get into that 75 to 80 range on a regular basis. We just need to get in practice and work on putting the ball in the hole a little better. Our defense is getting better each game. Our rotation is getting better."

On what may be wrong with the offense:
“I think it is just us getting used to each other, that’s all. We have two different people out there starting this year that are capable of different things. Justin Jackson is more of a driver than Ibrahima Thomas was and SK (Sean Kilpatrick) is more of a pure scorer than (Rashad) Bishop so it is just getting used to each other, finding that rhythm as a team to make offense come easy."

 On his thoughts on the young guys:
“I think they are getting better each night. They are learning on the go, playing their minutes hard  and just trying to find their role on the team. They are trying hard on defense and hat is all we can really ask of them right now.”

On open shots not falling:
“It definitely is frustrating, especially when you make those shots all week in practice and then you shoot the exact same shot the exact same way you would do in practice and it just rims out or hits the back of the rim. You just try to keep playing and go out on defense and try to get the next stop or try to get that offensive rebound.”

On if getting a double is a goal every game:
“I think it is something I am just supposed to do. If we are going to win, I have to get those double figure rebounds and also score the ball at the same time. It is just me doing my part for the team.”

Alabama State head coach Lewis Jackson
Opening Statement:
“Well, A very tough game for us tonight. Anytime you come into a Top 25 place to play you really have to do some things well and I thought, in the first half, we didn’t do much of anything very well. We took some bad shots. We forced some shots. We didn’t know when we had open shots.

“Gates just overpowered us throughout the course of the game. I think he’s an outstanding player on both ends of the court, can really do some things offensively and just really dominate the ball game.

“We have to continue to work and improve as a team and I thought tonight we didn’t do a lot of things well. I thought in the second half, we came out and played a little better. We were able to get some things going and just our recognition on the offensive end, we certainly have to improve on, but we have to take our hats off to Cincinnati, they dominated the game from start to finish.”

On how good Cincinnati is this early in the season:
“Well, they’re good. Their guards are tough, strong and athletic. They have big guys around the basket with a lot of size and things like that so I’m sure they’re going to have an outstanding year as they did last year. They’re going to be a team to reckon with in the Big East. They really dominated us in all facets of the game.”

On what he had hoped to do against Cincinnati:
“We wanted to be able to run our offense, to execute, to play defense and rebound the ball. I thought we did a decent job trying to get our bodies on guys, but when you’re giving up 6 or 7 inches and 30 to 40 pounds around the basket it’s difficult. I thought our guys played hard. We didn’t do a lot of things well but we need to just continue to improve game by game, day by day.”

On how UC matches up against Marshall:
“I think both of them are good teams, but Cincinnati has a lot of things going for them. They have a presence inside that can really dominate a ball game. Marshall has some good athletic guys who can run and jump well, just not a dominant guy around the post like Gates.”

On how UC’s guards guarded Alabama State’s guards:
“When you look at the guys size wise, they’re about the same height but UC’s guards were stronger. They knocked our guys off course and stopped us from doing what we wanted to do and made it really difficult for us to get inside. When they attacked the basket, they attacked it with so much aggression that our guards did not fare well in that regard.”

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Gunner Kiel impresses at UC football's spring game

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Youthful UC can make its own history next season

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's defense makes statement in latest scrimmage

    Remember Gunner Kiel? He's Ready to Dominate

    Hank Hughes Q&A

    New York Times

    Growing as a Player, Beaming as a Father

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    NCAA Tournament is 'Cincinnati vs. the world'

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Kiel comes out strong in Bearcats' spring scrimmage

    Sporting News

    2013-14 Men's Basketball All-Americans

    Fox Sports

    Cincinnati made me a believer


    Former redshirt Sean Kilpatrick finishing out historic career

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Q&A with UC AD Mike Bohn


    Brennan's Wooden Watch: Week 14

    Fit and healthy, Omar Cummings offering a new dynamic up top for Houston Dynamo

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Men's soccer signee Clark named Gatorade Ohio player of the year


    Munchie Legaux and Shaq Washington gain extra year

    Denver Post

    Mike Bohn eager to point Cincinnati Bearcats in right direction as AD

    The Washington Post

    No. 7 Bearcats have highest ranking in 10 years

    Yahoo! Sports

    How Sean Kilpatrick willed UC past Louisville and back into the nation's consciousness

    Cincinnati takes over AAC with win at Louisville

    Tough Bearcats don't get rattled

    UC staves off Temple to stay perfect in AAC

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC looks to 15-year sports admin vet Reed-Francois for interim AD

    CBS Sports

    No. 15 Cincinnati stomps UCF, wins 11th straight

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats take down USF 61-54, win 10th straight

    USA Today

    Why Cincinnati is not a team to sleep on

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Short-handed Bearcats cautious about ranking

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's goal: win them all at home

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Cronin: Not easy, but Cats got through fatigue

    The News Record

    What you missed in UC sports during break

    FB Schedules

    Boise State, Cincinnati Schedules 2019, 20 Home-and-Home Series


    The Best and Worst College Football Teams for the Money

    USA Today

    Report: Colleges doing poorly at hiring women coaches

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Randolph named AAC Player of the Week

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC women's basketball knocks off Ohio State

    Bleacher Report

    Belk Bowl 2013: Cincinnati-North Carolina

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Belk Bowl: UC vs. UNC


    Belk Bowl Breakdown

    The Showdown is Set


    Cards, Bearcats set for defensive battle

    CBS Sports

    Louisville-Cincinnati Preview

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Thursday is UC's fight for perception

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Don't let UC's next opponent fool you

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC jumps to No. 23 in USA Today football poll

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats break into USA Today Top 25

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    McKay turns in monster game against Rutgers


    Kay throws for 408 yards, 4 TDs as Cincinnati routs Rutgers

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats won't lessen the pressure

    News & Record

    Pressure takes toll on NC State against Cincinnati

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats face variety of bowl scenarios

    The News Record

    UC weary of SMU's aerial attack ahead of AAC clash

    Bleacher Report

    Best College Football Moments in Cincinnati History

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Mark Barr returns to UC, gets ovation

    After frustrating year, Omar Cummings puts Houston Dynamo on his back with clutch playoff goal

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC's Shaq Thomas 'our version of Herb Jones'

    USA Today

    Cincinnati holds off Memphis for third straight


    Cincinnati's Mark Barr out of hospital

    TopDrawer Soccer

    Furman and Cincinnati men go nose-for-nose in College Goal of the Week

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Green seizing his moment for the Bearcats

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Jermaine Lawrence is new breed of forward

    UC Magazine

    Hostility to Hope: Feature on Men's Soccer Player John Manga

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Jermiah Davis III fights to be remembered

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats' Justin Jackson goes from energizer to example

    The News Record

    Cronin excited for new group

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    UC Bearcats' Sean Kilpatrick: 'It's the season now'

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats basketball will have fresh look

    The News Record

    UC Looks to RetainVictory Bell for Eighth Consecutive Season

    Miami Herald

    Kay Ready to Lead Bearcats into Rivalry Game

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Former Bearcat Thompkins making most of shot in NFL

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    New practice setup could benefit UC basketball

    Munchie Legaux out for season

    Cincinnati Rolls Past Purdue

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bearcats defense puts up dominant effort

    American Athletic Conference

    2013 Team Previews: Cincinnati Bearcats

    Sports Illustrated

    Bowl projections: Cincinnati vs. North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl

    Cincinnati Business Courier

    Bearcats sell out football opener against Purdue

    Cincinnati Enquirer

    Depth at defensive line still strong for Bearcats

    Bleacher Report

    Cincinnati Bearcats Football 2013 Team Preview

    UC Voted 2nd

    Coach Tuberville and his players discuss their reactions to being voted to finish 2nd in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference

    QB Timetable

    Coach Tuberville discusses his timetable to choose a starting QB with The Cincinnati Enquirer

    Thompkins at Patriots' Training Camp

    Former UC wide receiver, Kenbrell Thompkins, impressed many at Patriots' training camp 

    World University Games

    Sean Kilpatrick talks about his experience overseas

    World University Games

    Sean Kilpatrick talks about his experience overseas 

    Nippert Renovation Plan

    The Cincinnati Enquirer looks at the Nippert Stadium Project

    Cincinnati football's 'Crocodile Dundee'

    A former professional rugby player from Australia joins the Bearcat football team

    2013 Preseason 'Watch List' 

    Several Cincinnati Bearcats make 2013 national 'watch list'

    Sports Insider Today

    Young Cincinnati Team Looks to Improve in 2013 Amidst New Conference Setting

    ESPN Blog

    Cincinnati to play Pitt in December

    Former Bearcat Herman Qualifies for U.S. Open

    USA Today

    BearcatsTV Gets National Attention from USA Today's For the Win

    Cincinnati Bearcats Baseball Earns Top Honors in Videobombing

    The Washington Post

    Cincinnati Bearcats Do the Best Postgame Interviews

    Fox Sports

    Bearcats Rock Postgame Interviews

    Cincinnati Bearcats Revolutionize the Post Game Interview


    You'll love this Cincinnati Bearcats Post Game Funny Business Compilation

    Those guys having all the fun: An oral history of the Cincinnati baseball team's videobombs

    MSN Now

    This college baseball team wins the 'best interview' award

    Winn, Cincinnati run over Pittsburgh Bearcats Blog

    Cincinnati looks to sophomore RB Ralph Abernathy to increase production