Cronin and Kilpatrick Media Availability Quotes


Men's Basketball |

Dec. 17, 2012

Video: Coach Cronin Interview | Video: Kilpatrick Interview

Mick Cronin

On the matchup between Cincinnati and Xavier …
“That’s really all I’m interested in. I spent my Sunday watching Xavier on film; I hadn’t seen them play yet this year. They’re a high execution team. I’m really impressed with their team play and the way they pass the ball. They know who can do what on their team, and they’re extremely well coached. So we’ve got our work cut out for us. I’m very impressed with the way each guy on their team is playing their role on that team and playing to their strength. That’s why they’re shooting 50 percent from the field as a team, which is very, very impressive because they’ve played a bunch of solid opponents. That’s a big concern; their offensive execution.”

On what Cincinnati’s rebounding edge means to him …
“It’s game to game. That’s one thing about it; I think you can get caught up in thinking you have an advantage against Marshall because we played really hard and physical. We were concerned about Marshall’s rebounding. It’s something that I look as a game to game. I’m sure Xavier is looking at us, recently we’ve been rebounding the ball pretty decent. I’m sure they’re practicing making sure we don’t get a bunch of offensive rebounds. This game especially too takes on a life of its own, you have to be ready for the unexpected.”

On if he thinks Cincinnati’s edge in depth is an advantage …
“I hope so because if it comes down to height, [Xavier head coach] Chris [Mack] has had me his whole life on that. So hopefully it’s depth of our team. Justin Martin was out in their last game, I would expect him to be back. He’s been a very impressive player for them. Most people are only going to play eight guys anyway, and they play eight guys. That’s probably their style, their formula that’s worked so well for them over the past five or six years. So it’s no different for us trying to make our depth a factor with our intensity and hustle. If we don’t have intensity, defensive pressure, and take teams out of what they’re trying to do then our depth won’t be a factor. We’ve got to make it a factor by coming out and being aggressive on the defensive end.”

On if the neutral site will make a difference in the game …
“All I’m concerned with is what’s good for our teams. If you look around the country, Rick Pitino, John Calipari and Mike Krzyzewski has been the master of it – playing December games at neutral sites. It readies your team for postseason because that’s where the NCAA tournament is. They’re played at big arenas, downtown big arenas at neutral sites. I think it’s great for the city that we’re playing down on the banks at U.S. Bank Arena, but at the same time I think it’ll be advantageous for both of us come March to have a game like this at a neutral site.”

On what if he’s satisfied with the past year’s community outreach and what lessons have been learned …
“I have no concerns with that whole incident; it’s in our past. I don’t have much to say about it. It’s not a concern of ours. We have two teams full of young kids, good kids that are trying to get their education and chasing their dream in basketball. I think if anybody talks about anything but that it’d be unfortunate.”

On conference realignment and how much people care about the UC-XU rivalry surviving …
“We’ll see. Hopefully we’ll see how much people care if the game’s sold out. Conference realignment is wearing me out. The whole thing is a shame. I don’t have a whole lot more I’m going to say about it. I said everything I needed to say. It’s a shame one sport’s dictating everything. There are a lot of negatives about it.”

On the importance of the Cincinnati-Xavier rivalry to Cincinnati …
“To be honest with you, I’m worried about the Bearcats and how important the Bearcats are to this community. I’d like to start selling games out. I’d like to talk about how important Cincinnati basketball is to the University of Cincinnati and to the Cincinnati community. We have a team worthy of everybody’s support, and I think Xavier does too. There’s no question they have it. People have worked really hard to get our program where it is, especially the kids. You’ve got guys like Cashmere Wright that have been through three surgeries. JaQuon Parker has had ups and downs in his career. [Sean Kilpatrick] redshirted for the cause. My concern is support of Cincinnati. I know that sounds selfish, but that’s my job, that’s what I’m in charge of. You look behind me (in the practice gymnasium) and you see the things on the wall trumpeting our tradition and our rich history. That’s what I worry about because that’s what I was hired to do, to bring it back.”

On if the team has reached out to Xavier …
“None of that’s necessary. There are some good kids on both teams. That stuff is in the past. Like I said, my focus is on the game Wednesday night.”

On Xavier’s players …
“That’s my concern – Xavier’s players. Semaj Christon is making a lot shots, putting the ball in the basket. Brad Redford is a veteran. He’s a veteran of this game. I’m sure he’s going to be a cool customer. Dee Davis is starting to realize his potential as a player. I saw him play in high school; very good player. And then Justin Martin as well, I would count them as part of their backcourt. They’re all shooting the ball well and they’re playing really well together. They take good shots and they really execute. They’ve bought into what they’re trying to do to be successful this year. So I think people sold them short. You learn a lesson from watching Xavier play it is; don’t believe what you read in the preseason. Everybody had them pretty much dead and buried, just a lack of results. From spending a Sunday watching them; they’re a good team. They’re a really good team.”

Sean Kilpatrick

On how the flavor of the game changes playing at downtown …
“As long as it’s in Cincinnati it shouldn’t make a difference. I don’t see a difference.”

On if he was worried if UC-XU game would be played this year …
“That’s something we don’t have any type of control of, whether it’s on the schedule or not. It’s a great game for it to happen, and we’re just happy that we’re playing the game and that’s something we got to control now due to the fact that everything is going to be happening downtown like you said. It’ll be an exciting game for our fans and it will be a great game for us and for them as well.”

On if he likes to play downtown …
“Of course, for the town and the city, it’s a great opportunity for everybody around the city to see talents on both ends and that’s a good thing.”

On if he sees UC having an edge on XU depth-wise …
“No, everyone on their team is very talented and very good as well. Their starters are as good as our starters and their bench can be as good as our bench. We don’t how it’s going to be, but it will be a great matchup.”

On playing hard and not crossing a certain line …
“We just play within ourselves, and just play the way we know how to play and that’s Bearcat basketball. Other than that, that’s what we’re really worried about. It’s going to be a great game for both teams and that’s something everyone is expected to be looking at.”

On if he thinks XU presents any challenges …
“Their speed, they’re quite fast at the one and two position and that’s a big step for them, but we are as well. We are kind of fast; we have a team that constantly runs and runs and runs. We can stay up with them and as long as we dictate the rebounding situation, then we should be okay.”

On how last year’s brawl had an impact for the rest of the season …
“We just took it with a grain of salt and we just stuck together after that. That’s something that we could do and we had to do in tight situations. That was something we didn’t have control over, and it’s the past. It happened, leave it alone and that’s something everyone is going to be looking at.”

On if he or any of the players reached out to the XU players …
“I mean, we know all of them, we’re real close with them now. We haven’t reached out to them this week because of course everyone is just focused on the week and we’ve just have been practicing. We haven’t reached out, but I’m pretty sure it’s all love on both ends.”

On how he thinks the atmosphere will be at U.S. Bank Arena …
“The whole city will be down there, if not the city the whole state of Ohio will be there, and that’s something that I’m pretty sure both teams are looking forward to.”

On if he wants the game to be at a neutral site, or either campus  …
“It doesn’t matter; the game is going to be played whether you play it here or somewhere in New York.”



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