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Post-Game Quotes

Nov. 30, 2010

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On Northwestern’s shooting…

“They were shooting the ball, especially for three. At the half they were 10 for 12 and we were 5 for 12. They made some tough shots; I have to give them some credit. They shot well, we know that they’re a good basketball team and a very good shooting team…. Great performance, great shooting performance.”

On his formation and team evaluation…

“We felt the trap that most teams did. We started to take some deep threes from the corner and tried to attack along the baseline. In the second half, I thought the young player [Nate] Hicks came in and established that. We started going in there, we actually gave ourselves a chance with the pressure, but we just didn’t make enough shots. We talked about not falling into the trap of shooting the corner three, especially early in the shot clock.”

On Northwestern overall…

“You look at [John] Shurna, who is one of the top scorers and Drew Crawford who was (Big Ten) Freshman of the Year and a point guard that’s played over 90 games, you know that they’re going to take care of the basketball and get good shots on the board and the rim and you have to defend them well, they capitalize.”


Opening Statement…

“We had a nice game against Creighton. I thought we played well there, especially in the second half. Tonight we started out and they really attacked us and went straight to the rim on a few plays there. But then we got our bearings and we shot the ball extremely well. I think we had two or three turnovers in the first half. I see we ended up with 15 which is high, but I think we had a big lead by that time. That’s what I was afraid of, two things; turning the ball over, because they force about 20 a game and that kid [Brian] Oliver, he’s a big time shooter. We managed to be close to him except for one time in the first half. We have three guys up here that all did very well and we have some guys in the locker room that did very well. It was a real nice effort. It’s good to go into reading week now, and next week is exams. If you lose this game you got to wait 10 days and think about it and you don’t feel like studying, so maybe now you guys might feel like studying a bit.”

On tonight’s defense…

“It can get better. It can really get better. That 1-3-1 defense has been really effective. We still need work, keeping our bodies in front of some of these athletic teams. They’re not just athletic, they’re good players. Guys are getting to the rim on us a little too much when we’re playing our match-up [zone]. It will get better.”

On Drew Crawford bouncing back from a poor game Sunday…

“I’ll let you ask him that. He was nasty. He was throwing to the invisible man the other day; remember that, on the break? It was unbelievable. The first few games this year he’s been fantastic, 7-of-11, shooting the ball really well and tonight he hit some big-time shots and made some really nice plays that a lot of guys can’t make.”


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