When they get it going on all cylinders, the game can slip away, and in a hurry. We already know that they're a tough team rebounding and they get out in transition. Once they knock down shots, they're real tough.
He's unselfish. Copeland said he was ready, let's go. We made some free throws late, and Whitney and Copeland are one of the best inside-outside combinations in the conference.
This has been a rough stretch for us, travel, school and practices. They gutted it out tonight because I know they didn't have a lot in that tank.
You shouldn't have to put the weight of the world on your shoulders every game. It should just happen.
We didn't take the shots away. When you allow (shooters) to get going early and feel about themselves, you're in for a long night.
It's disappointing that everybody can't get to the tournament. We should all be (together). We're all in it together. But there's four teams that don't go, and that's a major motivation in itself.
It keeps my focus and my mind in the right place. It keeps things in perspective. It energizes me. It really defines who I am.
We started the game with stops and conversions, and we started the second half with stops and conversions. We knew we had to make it tough for them to score. We had to stay in their faces all night. No easy baskets.
That's why they went zone, to keep the ball away from Kelly. They were very conscious of Kelly, as all teams are. We want to get him shots, but it's important not just to get shots but to make plays if he's double-teamed.
It seemed like there was a lid on the basket. We got open looks, but it didn't drop. It's awfully hard to win a game when you can't make shots.
He knows how to play. I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the NBA in his future. But it's not up to me to say when.
We scored enough points to be successful. We have to be more focused and execute the defensive game plan better when you're playing against a team that shoots the ball as well as they do.
Based on what we've accomplished this year, without a doubt, I'm confident in our resume to get in. We just have to wait and see what happens.
I know when our guys are focused. One of the things is not putting too much pressure on yourself about having to play a perfect game. Go out there and let it hang loose. I know our guys will be ready to do that, without a doubt.
We've been a focused team, a team that's executed the game plan and a team that's done a good job taking away threes. Tonight, that didn't happen. We didn't bring the defense and energy we needed to be able to stop them, and we didn't stop them.
That's the kind of guy that Stan goes a great job guarding. Until Stan comes back, our guys have to take up the slack. We've got to play better defense from beginning to end.
It was just a game where we didn't make shots. When you don't make shots regardless of what the defense is like, it's going to be tough to win.
It was great to come home to a crowd like this, 12,000 screaming and yelling fans from the very start to the very finish.
I give Rutgers some credit. They tried to make Kelly uncomfortable with the doubling.
I give Marquette credit, they made some big shots. But our guys fought. We're one or two plays from coming away with a win, but that's the way it's going to be. We have to continue to grow.
Its been a process. You never get from one stage to the next without it being a process, and our confidence has grown with every victory and our poise has grown with late-game successes, with being able to execute.
Turnovers, even more so than our shooting percentage, is a concern. Our assist-to-turnover ratio needs to get better.
I guess I looked like a minister in church, running up and down the aisle. Just hearing your name is a huge adrenalin rush.
This is the first time since I've been coaching that I gave them off on Christmas Day. Sometimes when you lose a game you want to get right back at it. But in reality I thank God we had an opportunity for our guys to be home with their families on Christmas.
They knew that the team that went out there against Duke wasn't nearly what we are capable of doing. It was just about us bouncing back and getting better the next game.