Columbus: From The Horses' Mouths

By - March 18, 2007

I've been hyping up the Southern Illinois defense all season long. But don't take my word for it:

  • "It's going to be a physical game, it's going to be a low-scoring game. Going into playing them, you've got to understand that's just the way it's going to be. There's no sense crying about it. And you can't do much about it. Because they're so good, they're well-coached and they're so good at what they do. Their record speaks for itself." --Drake coach Dr. Tom Davis

  • "They're as good a defensive team as I've seen in the past 21 years at this level. The amazing thing is that year-in and year-out, they keep producing the same results. Every possession is such a valued commodity when you play them." --Evansville coach Steve Merfeld

  • "You have to have toughness on entries. You can't look at the bench or the officials for the foul. If a little physical-ness is going to bother you, you can't have that approach, because they'll eat you up." --Illinois State coach Porter Moser

  • "They're not going to let you run sets. You're going to watch 30 games this year, and I don't think anybody is going to run a lot of sets against Southern Illinois...They really broke our will, which they're so good at...Usually, that kind of pressure will subside a little bit as the game wears on." --Minnesota coach Dan Monson

  • "Whether it's a shot, a pass or a drive, it's not going to be open very long against their defense." --Louisiana Tech coach Keith Richard

  • "We run down to the police station, and we get all the German Shepherd attack dogs, and we just bring them onto the floor, and we rub meat juice all over our arms, and we just get ready to practice." --Missouri State coach Barry Hinson on how the Bears simulated the SIU defense in practice

  • "Sometimes, your offense doesn't look good against a great defense. Some people predict who is going to win based on the name on their jersey. Those Southern Illinois kids are tough...They're experienced. They know how to win on the road." --Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson

  • "This is a program that prides itself on its defensive pressure and its ability to be physical on the perimeter. That's what we saw and witnessed right away. Our inability to handle that pressure was to our detriment." --Central Michigan coach Ernie Zeigler

  • "It's just non-stop. They take away so many things. They make you think about so many things. Their defense is great, and they don't let up...They are completely sold on their defense. All five guys are committed, no matter what five guys they have out there." --Illinois State coach Porter Moser

  • "You better value every possession, because you're not going to get many of them." --Drake coach Dr. Tom Davis

  • "As well as we've played offensively in the last couple games, I really felt like we were going to be able to run our stuff against them. We couldn't." --Wichita State coach Mark Turgeon

Posted by at 03:05 PM on March 18, 2007

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