Columbus: Potent Quotables

By - March 16, 2007

Some highlights from the evening session's post-game pressers:

  • "We've got a close-knit group of guys and we've been down before on the road in hostile environments and we got down 10, 12, maybe 14 at one points but I just kind of thought to myself, we're down, but this is March and this is what they tell you about. This is our first experience here, but this is what the madness is, man. And this is us getting our feet wet, but it's a great experience for the first time." Virginia Tech senior forward Coleman Collins on the team's first March experience

  • "We were out there scrapping around. We just had to respond to every basket. It was definitely a physical game. That game is the definition of a team win. It was a great team effort tonight -- we just kept fighting." --Virginia Tech senior guard Zabian Dowdell on his team's victory

  • "[This season] was definitely a struggle. We went through ups and downs but we stayed together and made it to the tournament. As you can tell, we are a good team and we had the talent to get the win, but it's just been the tale of the season. As [head coach Bruce Weber] said, it isn't fair but we kind of put ourselves in that situation and we just couldn't crawl out of it, man, and I just wish things would have gone better because I do love my team. We have some great guys. I wish things would have gone better for myself and my teammates as well, but the ball didn't bounce our way." --Illinois senior forward Warren Carter on his team's season-long struggles

  • "We guard everybody and we know how good [Holy Cross guard Keith Simmons] is, and that was the biggest thing. We really wanted to pressure everybody else and make it hard for them to do their sets that they run for him, but Tony Young was very good defensively for how we want to guard him. Tony's guarded big guys a lot for us throughout his career. We knew he was going to give up five inches but we knew Tony was going to fight and try to make him miserable and get under his skin which I thought he did." --Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery on his team's strategy for defending Patriot League player of the year Keith Simmons

  • "It wasn't. They may have been a little more physical on all of our plays, but me and Troy have been facing defenses like that the whole season. Even in our league, every team would try to focus on us and stop us. I thought I was ready for it. I had a bad day, but I thought Torey [Thomas] played well. That's something we see, we've been seeing it for 30 games." --Holy Cross senior swingman Keith Simmons on whether SIU's defensive approach was different from that of previous opponents

Posted by at 10:53 PM on March 16, 2007

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