Postgame Quotes: Purdue
Jan. 13, 2018

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Minnesota Head Coach Richard Pitino

Opening Statement...
"Well obviously they're a very good team. They're one of the better teams in the country, they showed it today. A very difficult opponent, and certainly we're overmatched right now. I want to thank the fans, I know it's hard and I appreciate their support, coming in early. I know under the circumstances it's difficult, but then it's exciting that we're continuing to build this thing with little things like that. I do appreciate very much the fans that are loyal to us. We're down and it is nice when you're walking off the court and so many people stay and say positive things to you. I do appreciate it. It's hard, because we're such a totally different team, I feel like we need months of practice to get better. It's almost like two years ago when we were kind of restarting. As much as we didn't play great, I did think in January and February we got into stride and got better. Its difficult. We got a lot of pieces out there playing that weren't playing a lot, but more than anything we got to practice and get better. What's hard is we're right back at it on Monday. We just got to get back to work, they were a terrific team."

On the team's cold shooting against Purdue...

"I don't know, it's hard to say. I think that there is a lot that we can't control, but there is a lot from an execution standpoint that I think we need to get better at. I think we missed some open looks, and they were a very big defensive team as well. Their length bothers you."

On if Purdue is the best team in the Big Ten...

"They're the best team we've played in the Big Ten. They're playing with a great purpose, they coach themselves. Matt [Painter] is a terrific coach, but you can tell that they're coaching each other. They're really, really good, but we haven't played them all yet. Hopefully we don't play anyone better than them."

On Jordan Murphy's struggles rebounding against Purdue...

"I think that [Purdue was] really, really big. That has a lot to do with it, they were a terrific rebounding team. We're not blocking out certain guys as well as we may have been before, with Amir and other guys. Our block out is not great, and we're trying to work on that."

On Isaiah Washington's performance against Purdue...

"I equate it to when Nate [Mason], Dupree [McBrayer] and Murph [Jordan Murphy] two years ago were in the game. As painful as it was at times, it was helpful to them in their growth. Isaiah, these are all great learning experiences for him, and he's just a freshman. Jamir [Harris], same thing. Michael [Hurt], just a sophomore. They're getting some good quality reps in difficult play, and they'll learn from it. I think Isaiah will. He's got a long way to go."

Junior Forward Jordan Murphy

On the team...
“Obviously there’s circumstances we can't really control right now because we’re really short handed and outmanned. We have to do our best and stay encouraged and keep our heads up because there’s going to be times where, if shots aren’t falling and things aren’t going our way we have to keep our heads up, keep our energy, and just not give up”

On Purdue’s big men...
“Isaac Haas is very, very skilled, he’s very big. He and Haarms, obviously two very talented, huge guys that know how to run the floor. That put us in a lot of binds today”

On Washington...
“I think he’s doing a better job of making plays, I think that, as the season went on he’s done a good job of maturing his mentality and mindset, just trying to make the right plays, take the right shots, his three-point shot is obviously hitting a lot better this time around, so I’m very proud of him on that.

On Mason and him moving forward...
“I think we just both have to grow, it helps us grow as people, it helps us grow as players. Just knowing we have that pressure on us, knowing that teams are going to try and double us and take us out of the game, take us out of the game mentally, physically, and all in between. It’s just something we have to play through. We just have to keep grinding, keep rolling. Pree is obviously doing a great job in his role, so we just have to keep rolling, we just have to keep playing and practicing.”




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