Feb. 15, 2014
"I thought we played well. I thought we played very unselfishly and we passed the ball well. We got to the foul line a bunch and converted from the foul line. Defensively, I thought in the first half we really defended the three well, which was the biggest key to the game for us. We did a good job defending the glass, especially with Obi who is very good in that category. Overall defensively I thought we were very good for 40 minutes. It was a good performance."
On the fast start:
"I thought from the tip we were pretty locked in on both ends. I thought their zone was pretty effective and their changing of defenses in the first ten minutes. Chris Anderson got us going on the offensive glass with a couple put backs and we were able to spread out our lead a little bit. I think the other big factor was the turnover margin and our ability to turn Rice over and value the ball ourselves and make sound decisions with the basketball."
On converting those turnovers into points:
"I thought we ran the floor hard off of makes, misses and turnovers. I remember Kyser really running the floor hard from the tip. Jaron Johnson had a couple easy baskets in transition. I thought Speedy pitched it up to Hamilton a little bit in transition. Our legs were definitely under us. I would like to think the bye week helped us a little bit. I thought we looked fresh and athletic. I was just proud of the way we played."
On Kenyon McNeail:
"He is a thousand point scorer, who for the most part has come off the bench the last three years of his career, after starting his freshman year. That takes a pretty special kid. It is a unique situation where he has just accepted the role that has been given to him. He has earned the role of being very valuable for what we would like to think is a winning program. Even his sophomore year we were able to make it to the championship game. Hopefully we are able to finish strong this year, because that is what is most important to Kenyon. It is not about how many shots he gets up, or threes he hits or how many minutes he gets. Kenyon is always about winning and he has always been that way. He has been that way his entire basketball career going back to high school."
On preparing for the next four of five games on the road:
"I thought our ability to make shots from the perimeter and convert from the foul line will hopefully be the biggest items of carry over as we move forward to the road. We have consistently defended and rebounded to a certain extent. That is one area where we can take confidence in. We converted and we will have to do that going into these next games to see some success."
On the defensive performance:
"I thought we were pretty locked in. Physically again, I thought we looked good. I thought it probably had a lot to do with giving our guys a little extra time. We had to catch a second wind there after the first few minutes, where it was funny; I thought we looked really winded. I think it just had to do with not playing a game earlier in the week. The last 35 minutes of the game I thought we had our wind and our legs under us. When you look back at it, to be that locked in and that aware in terms of executing, the number one key to the game plan was defending the three. You have to feel good moving forward, knowing defensively we were in the right mindset from the tip."
On injury update of Raheem Appleby:
"Raheem is back jogging and it is nice to see him jog, but it is nicer to see him shoot it. He got some buckets with nobody guarding him on the TAC goals over the past couple of days. He has had more smiles come across his face over the last few days then he has in the month prior. He is eager to get back and we are eager to have him back."
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