Postgame Quotes

Jan. 28, 2012

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Postgame Quotes

Minnesota (16-6, 4-5 Big Ten) 77, Illinois (15-6, 4-4 Big Ten) 72 (OT)
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
Jan. 28, 2011

Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith

On the game:
“It was a total team effort. It was a hard fought-out game. There was a high energy level, and this game lifted our spirits.”

“It was a hug win.”

“Meyers Leonard fouling out of the game was huge for us in overtime.”

On Austin Hollins not taking the three at the end:
“He saw an opening and took it. He attacked the basket and attacked the rim. It came down to making those free throws and he did.”

“The play originally was for him to take the three but he saw something different and that’s a part of the game of basketball.”

On Chip Armelin's contribution today:
“He played spectacular.”

“He played 24 minutes with confidence.”

“Making the three-point shots were huge for us. Prior to Big Ten play, he was one of our worst three-point shooters. Now since we have started playing Big Ten games, he’s been one of our best three-point shooters.”

On Andre Hollins:
“He showed up tonight. Only a freshman, he played like a very mature veteran player.”

On the first sell-out crowd of the year:
“It's great we had them here tonight. I am glad they got to witness a great game.”



Minnesota Players

Austin Hollins (So./G)

On his mindset at the free throw line at the end of regulation:
“When I went to the line, I knew I needed to make this free throw, then we could go into overtime. We lost in overtime at Illinois and I knew we didn’t want to go through that again.”

On team confidence:
“It will give us some confidence. We need to come and work hard in practice. We knew we had to get this win and we knew we were capable of it.”

On personal confidence:
“I don’t think this is a breakthrough game. I think it is a matter of working hard in practice and getting extra shots in the gym. That helps my confidence.”

Andre Hollins (Fr./G)

On bench play:
“Our bench stepped up. We outscored them 39-9. We have been working hard in practice challenging each other.”

On overtime play:
“It just felt good. Coach was talking about the precious present and I just seized the opportunity. We have been working hard in practice and it gets us ready.”

Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber

On going into overtime:
“Right at the end, we switched out, and Austin Hollins goes to the basket. I’m thinking, 'Thank you,' and he goes to the basket and throws up a tough shot, and our kid gets called for a bump. It was a difficult basket, a difficult game to deal with. You battle the whole game, and you’re physical, and you get a little bump at the end, but he made the call and you gotta live with it, and we should have done better at other parts of the game.”

On splitting games with Minnesota:
“We were aggressive, we got some steals, we tore into them… I was a little unimpressed. In both games, we’ve both had a lot of turnovers, and I think that gave us some confidence. They froze a little bit – ironically, it was a really similar game to the one at Assembly Hall where we carried a 12, 13 point lead and turned it over. They turned it over with the lead, and we got back in there with a chance to win, but we didn’t close it out.”

On not having Meyers Leonard in overtime:
“Oh, it’s huge. No doubt. That was huge. Our bench did fine. Didn’t get much scoring out of them, but they were aggressive. I was happy.”

On the loss:
“They’re all hard to take. When we win it’s hard to take. What’s the difference? All of our kids battled. We showed a lot of character.  Slowly but surely, hopefully we’ll put the pieces together and we’ll have a chance to be a pretty good team.”


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