Lexington: Potent Quotables

By - March 16, 2007

Some highlights from the post-game pressers Thursday at Rupp Arena:

  • "The message before the game was, 'Guys, you've got to take more chances in the NCAA Tournament because some teams will come out tight, and we can't do that. Don't play tight, play very loose. Be active, be risk takers, don't be afraid to foul.' That was the message all week. The NCAA attitude has to be a lot different, and I told them specifically that we were going to have more fans than them but that you can't try to turn the fans on -- you've got to play fundamental basketball. Pay no attention to anything except Stanford." --Louisville coach Rick Pitino on his advice to the Cardinals prior to the game

  • "Quite frankly now that I've seen [the Cardinals] up close and personal, I'd have to say no. Just from the standpoint of how they pressure you out of your zone. But I said going into the game my concerns were how we were going to take care of the ball." --Stanford coach Trent Johnson on whether any Pac-10 opponent compares to Louisville

  • "Our team always plays hard. You have periods in a game where things don't go very well and you know Penn isn't going to keep missing as many shots as they did. They have too good of an offensive plan and too many good players to keep struggling. We knew they'd make some shots and we weren't hitting our free throws when they did. It's a 48-minute game and you're going to have good and bad periods against a team that has gotten this far. We just needed to hit some three throws, finish some plays and play a little faster." --Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie on falling behind Pennsylvania during the second half

  • "We played a terrible first half but we came out the second half and showed a lot of perseverance and we actually ended up being up two then they got two big dunks and a lot of momentum went back to their side. We took a few good shots and had a few good looks and after all of that the game changed." --Pennsylvania's Brian Grandieri on the flow of the game

  • "That is something we stress is not fouling. I always tell our guys that fouling is a sign of weakness. You're not playing hard enough if you're fouling. I don't know what we finished -- either second or third in the country in fewest fouls per game -- and I think that's something we want to continue to hone in on. That's something we take great pride in." --Ohio State coach Thad Matta on his team committing just five personal fouls the entire game

  • "Our biggest fear reared its head in the first half when we fell behind early. The first three minutes were the most important of the game. Unfortunately, it happened -- when we didn't want it to happen. We never stopped fighting despite turning the ball over early." --Central Connecticut State coach Howie Dickenmen on the game's early stages

  • "I give our team tremendous credit because we had to really reach back deep in the second half to beat them. The play of [Derrick Brown, Justin Doellman and Drew Lavender] really inspired the rest of our team. It was a hard-fought victory -- it's our 25th of the season. I'm very proud to be the coach of this team and at Xavier. I'm happy for Xavier University. We're very excited about advancing. It's hard enough to make the tournament and it's even harder to advance. We're glad to be in the seat that we're in." --Xavier coach Sean Miller on the significance of the victory

  • "We were nervous about their post players so we changed the way we guarded in the post. I think that opened up the lane for him and he's an extremely good player. I had trouble staying in front of him to guard him." --BYU's Austin Ainge on the stretch play of Drew Lavender

Posted by at 02:29 AM on March 16, 2007

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