Post-Game Quotes

Jan. 15, 2015

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Head coach Michael White post-game press conference

On the win over UAB:

"I thought the biggest factors of the game were - one, our crowd. I thought our crowd really helped us defensively and really pulled us through. Boy, we were not very good in the half court, but a lot of that had to do with UAB really executing well. I thought their bigs did a great job of passing to each other. They had some really good high-low action. I thought (Tosin) Mehinti was unbelievable in the paint with his finishes. He was strong, physical and really got above the rim and finished three or four thunderous dunks. I thought they played really hard. Their guys really stepped up and made some jump shots - a couple guys that really are not known for their shooting ability. I thought they went on the road and did what they had to do be competitive and put themselves in a good position. And really both teams deserved to win, but the factor with our crowd and the second factor being causing 20 turnovers for us, which again, our crowd helped with. I thought Erik (McCree) and Alex (Hamilton) offensively really won us the game. They stepped up. Alex goes 3-of-3 from three. Erik was 4-of-6. You cannot count on that every night. We have to be better defensively. We have to be better on the glass to give ourselves a chance consistently. This was one of those games a little bit unlike past teams around here in that we won it with our offense."

On experiencing a letdown on defense at home after a 3-0 start in C-USA play:

"Unfortunately, yes. I do not want to take anything away from UAB. I just thought we were a little bit flat in the first few minutes, which set a tone for them being able to execute at the level in which they did for 40 minutes. They came in here really executing their stuff and playing with fire, energy and confidence. They were tremendous offensively. When you start a game like that, it is hard to crawl out of that lowly energy level, if you will. Not that it was bad. It is just not what it was on the road. I do not know what the reasoning is behind it. I know that I try to, as a head coach, envision what during the next game might be a deficiency or what might let you down obviously. My biggest concern coming into this one was that you come off such an emotional high of sweeping on the road, being 3-0, winning three in a row on the road. UTSA and Southern Miss were obviously good wins for us because they were on the road and they are good teams, but the UTEP win was a huge win for us. What you are trying to avoid is the mentality of thinking, `you are back in the TAC in front of your friends and family. We don't lose at home. We can relax. We can show up and play a little bit differently.' That is what you are trying to avoid. That is all we talked about this week and we did not avoid it. We were not the same team, but again, I do not want to take anything away from UAB. They had a lot to do with that. They were terrific."

On the play of Alex Hamilton and Erik McCree:

"We found a way. There is a lot to try and correct and improve on, but there were definitely some positives to grow from. I thought with Raheem (Appleby), they did a great job of limiting his touches, limiting his open looks. I thought he played a good floor game though defensively. He had some steals and brought great energy in the press. I thought he tried to be proficient. He only got 11 shots and I know Raheem has the ability to get one up just about any time he wants. He played within himself and by staying within himself, he allowed for the night Erik and Alex had and the things they did. That is what we need Raheem to do. As a coach and as his teammates, we all need to try and find him better looks and more looks when we can and try to get him back in that offensive rhythm that he has been in. When a team is doing such a good job of limiting those touches, we need other guys to step up in addition to our bench, though we did not get a lot of offensive production from our bench tonight, which was different from these last couple on the road."

On Speedy breaking the all-time record for career assists:

"He is a terrific passer that is unselfish. That is all he cares about, helping his teammates get better and making the pass that leads to the basket. People talk about his passing ability and his assists and the steals, but what makes Speedy Speedy is his competitiveness. He is a winner and any accolades he gets, I am happy for him."


 

 

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