Nov. 9, 2010
Memphis 75, Christian Brothers 49
Memphis Head Coach Josh Pastner
The most disappointing thing tonight was our body language. The bottom line is we cannot afford bad body language, and we have been talking about that from the very beginning.
Starting Friday, the rotation will be cut down and I will be going to guys who are producing, and we won't be trying to rotate everybody in. I will be going with a little bit shorter rotation. There will be several games we play like this where teams will pack it in and work the clock, shrink the floor and shrink the game time.
We can't sit back and jack up threes. We were 4-of-14 tonight. Every time we moved the ball into the paint, we had good touch. We have to continue to move the ball and get good action for better shots. It is hard to practice and see things like that. This was a big game for us for that reason.
It was 15 assists to 16 turnovers, and we can't afford that. Will Coleman had four turnovers, and he has got to cut those down. We only went to the free throw line 18 times, and that is not nearly enough. We didn't make enough free throws when we were there, and we have got to do better than 61 percent. We have got to keep our turnovers to single digits.
Talk about the team settling for three pointers rather than driving to the basket
We have the chance to do something special this year, if we put team above `I'. We have done a good job for the most part, but again it is going to be hard to play well night in and night out to really make sure we have a great positive mindset and good body language and great positive spirits. Those are the things that are contagious. We have the talent, but can we sacrifice and trust each other; that is the question for this team. We have been working on those things from day one, and those are the keys.
Christian Brothers Head Coach Mike Nienaber
At times tonight we played well and at others we struggled, and that is when it got ugly but that again is good for our players to experience from a practice stand point. I told the guys that I wish we could do this once a week solely from a practice stand point. We got better tonight, which I feel we did, and it didn't help us that one of our better ball-handling guards didn't play. But there again the flip side of that is that we had freshmen that got some extra play, and obviously it is fun that we get to come down here (to FedExForum) and play, which is something that we don't typically get to do.
What did you learn about your team tonight?