Memphis vs. UConn Postgame Quotes
Jan. 16, 2014
“They (Connecticut) hit some big shots throughout the game and down the stretch. They do so well on sucking you in and then hitting three’s. We did not hit shots at the end and that was the difference in the ball game. With Geron (Johnson) out with foul trouble, we had to step up and we did not. Connecticut hit some big shots and you have to give them credit. We did not do a good job on the glass in the second half. We were up in the first half but lost it there down the stretch. I thought the crowd was great and I am just disappointed in us for not coming up with the win tonight.”
On the execution down the stretch:
“Joe (Jackson) was right there at the rim towards the end of the game and he missed it. They were not going to foul and then they went down and scored on the other end. That was the game right there.”
On Connecticut’s performance:
“We came out and played zone and they made shots around our players. They found the deep corners and were effective. DeAndre Daniels was a big difference tonight. Shaq (Goodwin) got sucked out on him and he was able to knock down some three pointers. Overall, they had players make baskets and we did not.”
On the strategy moving forward:
“I did not think we played very poorly, I actually thought we played very well in some areas. UConn just hit some shots especially at the end. It was a great game and we look forward to getting back out there Saturday.”
On his team’s adjustments in the second half:
We did a phenomenal job adjusting. We were ball hunting, that’s what we do, we go hunt the basketball. Our pick-and-pop plays were great, which is really hard to stop when it gets going. Our offensive rebounding was huge. We continued to execute and eventually got some stops.
On playing at FedExForum:
This is a very hard place to win; especially a Memphis team coming off of a loss. That was a tournament atmosphere. 18-thousand fans, that’s a great crowd, it got the guys juiced up a little bit.
On a potential budding rivalry with Memphis:
I think it could absolutely develop. With all the talent they have over here, and Memphis is a hotbed of talent. I respect Josh (Pastner) for the job he’s doing, taking over a difficult situation and now taking it back to where it was before. Hopefully we can come back and play them in the conference tournament.
On transition defense:
Yeah, we held them to just two fast break points, that and rebounding were definitely keys to the game.