Postgame Quotes

Jan. 29, 2013

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Minnesota 84, Nebraska 65
January 29, 2013
Williams Arena

Postgame Quotes:

Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith

Opening statement:

“We had a good game plan for tonight. We were able to make some shots early on and get in that press. I think that was a key to the game. Obviously, Rodney Williams really coming out focused always kind of sets a good tone for our team, showing good leadership, not trying just to score, but in a lot of ways. He was very active and engaged. We made some adjustments in our offense to try to get him the ball early and it paid off. We need to work on our defense, but we played pretty good tonight.”

On keeping fouls to a minimum:

“Their inside presence doesn’t give you that physical play, so we were able to maybe get away with some things tonight. But I thought defensively tonight we played a lot smarter. We played without fouling.”

On the Gophers’ play:

“Tonight, the guys kind of came together. Our psyche had really been shaken pretty bad. I thought we really had just shot ourselves in the foot just about in every loss we’ve had. Tonight we did a better job, as far as taking care of the basketball. That was No. 1. No. 2, we did a good job of rebounding the ball. Just basic fundamentals that you have to do to win any game. We didn’t defend the three. That was a challenge for us, but we got some other areas fixed tonight. That was crucial.”

Minnesota Guard Austin Hollins

On the game:

“It was a lot more fun out there. We played a little smarter. We had 6 turnovers, so that was good to get our turnovers in single digits. That’s been something we’ve been working on.”

On going out of your way to run it through Rodney in the first half:

“We didn’t necessarily talk about going to him, I think when we spread out the floor a little bit that opened it up for him. We were setting a lot more screens, we were moving a lot more on offense and when you get that movement it makes the defense work. I think he got open through that.”

On staying out of foul trouble:

“Oh yeah definitely. We weren’t stopping the game as much, we were getting up and down. We got to the free throw line a lot tonight and that helped when we were trying to press. We slowed the game down on their end. We were able to set up on our press and pressure them full court for the majority of the game."

Minnesota Forward Trevor Mbakwe

On what got into Rodney Williams tonight:

“I think he probably just got tired of hearing people talk about how big of a slump he was in. We all have faith in him in knowing that it wasn’t going to last long. It didn’t surprise us that he came out the way he did, being aggressive, and that’s what we needed him to do. He set the tone for us early and we were able to cruise the rest of the way.”

On if there was some relief after the win:

“Yeah, honestly when you go on a four game losing streak and you haven’t won for two, two and a half weeks and you finally get a win and take care of business it feels good. But it’s not what we want, we’re not content with this. We want to win out the rest of the games, so now we get to celebrate this tonight and get ready for Iowa this weekend.”

Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles

On Ray Gallegos’ play:

“Ray (Gallegos) was phenomenal in every facet of the game. There was nobody to pick him up. We got beat on rebounding, and off screens. (Minnesota) got anything they wanted in the paint. When you look at it that is a mental-readiness thing. It was disappointing. (Gallegos played) probably the best I have seen him. He is tough off screens and has a great shot.”

On Rodney Williams’ Play:

“(Williams) was outstanding tonight. He made a three (pointer). When he dunked on the first possession, I thought to myself ‘uh-oh,’ looks like the gut feeling was right.”

On team defense:

“I thought we were not able to get any stops, so Minnesota was able to pick up their defense. We did not make shots. I felt like they were in control the whole time. The start of the game hurt us. Early in the second half, we actually got good looks and just did not convert them.”





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