Postgame Quotes

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Jan. 8, 2012

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Purdue (13-4, 3-1 Big Ten) 79, Minnesota (12-5, 0-4 Big Ten) 66
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
Jan. 8, 2012

Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith

Opening thoughts:
“I don’t know that I’ve coached against a team that was any hotter than Purdue was today, going 10-for-12 (from three-point range) in the first half. I thought there were times when we were near them and then D.J. Byrd, Ryne Smith and Robby Hummel just lit us up. I think that’s been hurting us all year long but especially in the last few minutes in the first half… but we battled back and got it back to a respectable area and then we can’t finish around the basket.”

On Ralph Sampson III not playing much in the second half:
“It was just the speed. When they go with the small lineup like they did and us trying to get back into it, it’s hard for us to play our big guys in that situation… That’s why we tried to go with Andre Ingram because he’s quicker than Elliott [Eliason] and Ralph but when you’re behind like that and trying to press and trap and rotate, it’s just hard for Ralph to play in that type of game.”

On the players being discouraged at the end of the first half:
“Yeah it was pretty discouraging… There were times when we lost the guy or didn’t switch properly… We worked on it, but it’s hard to simulate that. When you have they shoot the ball from 25 feet out and dribble like that it’s hard to guard.”

Minnesota Players

Joe Coleman


 

 

On the Gophers' four-game losing streak, and whether this is different from his high school days at Hopkins:
“You just have to learn from this. In Hopkins we went through one losing streak for two games.”

On starting his first game for the Gophers:
“No nerves on starting. I've been through pressure before. I knew I had to be aggressive like Coach wanted.”

Rodney Williams

On not having a big man on the floor at some times during the game:
"We beat them on the boards, but had to take a lot of forced jump shots.”

On whether this loss hurt more than the closer loss to Iowa on Wednesday:
“A loss is a loss, it doesn't matter how much you lose by. We have a lot of basketball to still play. We need to stay positive.”

Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter

On his overall thoughts of the game:
“I thought we did a good job of being ready to play. Obviously when a guy like [D.J.] Byrd comes in off the bench and hits five threes, it’s going to give you a lift. I thought Lewis Jackson, Robbie Hummel, and Ryne Smith had us ready to play as a team. We’re a team that has to rely on our depth. When our bench doesn’t play well it really affects us.  The other night, nobody played well besides Byrd. He’s been really consistent for us through the past two or three weeks of practice, and it’s really showing in the game. He’s really played hard and dug in. Now he’s been playing a couple different positions at the three and the four, but it was really good to see our guys bounce back after a really disappointing loss.”

On the lead being whittled down to seven points in the second half:
“We were able to get a couple stops in that time, then had a couple drives to the basket and made some free throws. It was good. As a coach you never want to see that--you want to keep your lead obviously, but it was good to see when it did happen our guys responded.”

On their struggles with inbounding:
“We’ve struggled a little bit doing that. It was more for us when we got it inbounds what we did. We cleared it out a few times with a pretty good ball handler. I turned around on the one [play] and I don’t even know what happened, and we had lost the basketball. We’ve started two different guys at point guard in the past three years in our starting line up in [Kelsey] Barlow and [Lewis] Jackson, so what else do you really want? [Robbie] Hummel is a very good decision maker when taking the ball in bounds. We just have to do a better job. You know they’re going to come after you once they get down at their press.  They’re very good at their press, but we just have to do a better job.”