Jan. 6, 2013
No. 9/13 Minnesota (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) 69, Northwestern (9-6, 0-2 Big Ten) 51
Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith
“It was a good win for us. We certainly knew coming in that Northwestern presents a different set of challenges and I thought their defense in the first half was excellent.”
On the slow start to the game...
“The most insignificant score is the halftime score.”
On Austin Hollins' second-half three-pointers...
“Thank goodness Austin (Hollins) got hot in the second half, and you could feel the momentum shift when that happened.”
“Halftime is just a matter of taking shots when we’re there, and I thought Andre (Hollins) turned down some shots in the first half that he should have shot and that’s what happens when a game is tight.
Northwestern Head Coach Bill Carmody
“I thought we were able to control the game in the first half with our offense and keep Minnesota from getting out in transition. In the second half, they had a streak of threes, took advantage of the backboards and had more offensive rebounds, which allowed them to score a lot of points off of second shots. We’ve been having a hard time scoring so we have to figure out how to score points moving forward.”
On his message to the players at halftime...
“We were doing the things we needed to do to stay in the game. We had some good layups and plays. But Minnesota has some good shot stoppers, so in order to beat this team at their arena we had to knock down some shots, and we weren’t really able to do that until late in the game when we were down 20 points.”
On what Minnesota did differently in the second half to slow down Northwestern...
“They got out in transition. They were able to get the rebound and go. Two of Austin Hollins’ three-pointers were in transition.”
“It’s a good defensive team that guards well. In years past I think Minnesota has gone for the steal more, but they didn’t as much today and instead they had guys who could block shots and contest shots that caused us to miss.”
Guard Austin Hollins
On making five straight three-pointers...
“I was definitely starting to feel it, and it was falling, so if I was open, I was definitely going to let it fly.”
On if coach Tubby Smith urged the team to push the tempo more in the second half...
“He told us we were doing good things. We were rebounding the ball but we weren't converting on the offensive end. We wanted to go out there and continue to kill them on the boards, and we wanted to convert on the offensive end. We wanted to run in transition. That's one thing we weren't doing in the first half. We weren't running in transition.”
Forward Rodney Williams
On Austin Hollins' three-pointer spree...
“That was crazy, man. We all know that Austin is capable of that at any time. It came at a really crucial moment, too, so we were happy to see that.”
On coach Tubby Smith's comments at halftime...
“He just told us that there are going to be games like this, but we just need to concentrate more on our free throws and getting into the paint, because we were missing easy shots that we usually make. It was just to be more patient and to concentrate a little more.”