Jan. 26, 2013
The Flats, Ga. –
Georgia Tech Head Coach Brian Gregory
“I felt over the last few weeks with a very difficult start of the schedule that it was going to be very important for our guys to stay strong and keep working and plugging along, and that’s exactly what they’ve done. All credit goes to the players. By no means are we that much of a different team than we were 48 hours ago, but we’re a little bit better. It doesn’t always show in results, and that’s difficult, but that’s the process.”
“Being able to stick to their work ethic and stick to playing team basketball is a tribute to these players. The upperclassmen have done a good job of mentoring the young guys and obviously the young guys are improving every day.”
“We beat a good team today. This is a team that has two of the premier players in our league. I thought we did a good job on both those guys, especially early. They’ve done a good job of mixing the young guys in with those two veterans, so this was a great win for us.”
“In this league, until you get that first one, you never know when it’s going to come, because it’s so difficult. We matched our win total from last year and now we just need to continue getting better. All the accolades go to the players. There the ones that have to keep grinding it out, that’s what you have to do in this league.”
“We kind of rebound by committee. I thought Brandon Reed was great on the glass for us today. Anytime your two-guard plays 19 minutes and gets four defensive rebounds for you he’s active which was really good to see. We had a bunch of guys really going to the glass and I thought we did a very good job of controlling the glass today.”
“You don’t have to tell Chris to look for a shot. He’s an aggressive scorer and that’s good because we need that. He had some good looks. Chris is usually out there an hour before the game, and it’s not that hard to figure out that if you put in that time you’re going to get better.”
“The players knew this was an important game. They knew that we had to get back to protecting our home court. The fans again, I just can’t talk about how great they are. The student section was full, they were getting into it early. The fans were just tremendous. We need to play well here to protect our home court, but also to continue to make this a really, really tough venue for opposing teams to come into.”
Wake Forest Head Coach
“We simply played the first half like we’ve practice the last two days. Not very good. No excuses. As a head coach I didn’t do a very good job of changing that mindset coming off a win the other evening. We were very lethargic compared to Georgia Tech who is very desperate in its energy. My hats off to them. They simply wanted this game much more than we did, which is a real sad testimony. We regrouped at half time, got our minds right and at least we finished with the kind of effort we need to have in order to win games. So lesson learned the hard way. I’m sure we’ll practice well tomorrow.”
On this loss after coming off the win at NC State…
“We didn’t handle it well. It was a valuable lesson. You’re going to play like you practice. For example, yesterday in a 65 minute practice we missed 11 layups. To me that was a barometer where our focus, energy and intensity was. I don’t care who you are or what kind of talent you have, if you don’t play with your head and your heart and some other things you’re not going to put yourself in a position to be competitive.
On Georgia Tech getting easy baskets early…
“It’s simple if you watch the film. We had our heads down. We were running into screens. They were sitting down on us deep in the post and we weren’t coupling that with pressuring the ball. Even late in the game, we doubled in the post and nobody went to the weak side block and that’s just focus and being alert. It’s anticipation and being your stance. We were nonchalant in everything we did. There was no attentiveness to detail.