Feb. 9, 2012
No. 21/22 Wisconsin (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten) 68, Minnesota (17-8, 5-7 Big Ten) 61
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
February 9, 2012
Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith
"I thought our kids did a good job of battling back, fighting back. We got off to such a poor start. Wisconsin got off to a great start, and I thought it's hard to overcome them shooting 11 threes in the first half. But we did and I've got to give a lot of credit to them. I thought both teams battled extremely hard… But in a game like this when we fought back and had a shot to win it and then to go into overtime and we just couldn’t get it going. I don’t know what happened… They do a good job of controlling the ball"
On Jordan Taylor:
“He had 27 points and we had no answer for him and that was the difference in the game. He stepped up and made big plays and took care of the ball."
On the last play:
“We ran a pistol play to try to get someone to go the basket, which was Andre Hollins because he was playing pretty well. I thought he got in the lane and had a look there, had a shot fake, and had he leaned in he may have gotten a call there. But you want to get it up there on the glass. It wasn’t a great last shot but Austin was able to run it down.”
On the play of Andre Hollins:
"He was outstanding tonight. He’s the reason we got back in the ball game and he’s very capable of it. He’ll have to see a lot more time. Some guys are just struggling. I know Joe [Coleman] is having a tough time scoring although he’s doing some stuff on the board. Austin [Hollins] had a big game but he was hit in the eye so it looks like his outside shot wasn’t there. In fact it looked like he hit a couple of air balls there. Chip had a great game, just tonight he struggled to score."
On the team:
“I like this team, I like how hard we play, we play extremely hard, just sometimes we have to play a lot smarter.”
On the opportunity to win at the end of regulation:
“We fought back real hard at the end of game. We got back 10 points at the end of the game. We had some shots that just didn’t fall. In overtime they just made shots that we couldn’t.”
On being more frustrated with loss after the momentum of the end of regulation:
“I think it showed more the fight we have in our team and that we won’t back down no matter how much we’re down by. It definitely hurts a lot more because we had two shots at the bucket at the end of regulation and it’s Wisconsin. You don’t want to lose to them. You go into overtime real confident especially on your home court and, like (Andre) said, they made shots and we didn’t.”
On whether fatigue affected overtime performance:
“We just didn’t execute the way we should have. It wasn’t so much being tired, we just didn’t execute. We didn’t rebound defensively and they got a few rebounds that killed us.”
On having to battle Jordan Taylor during the game:
”Jordan Taylor was making some big shots for Wisconsin. I took it as a chance to stop him or slow him down. He’s a good player and it was good to play against him. I don’t think this was a down event I just think we need to look forward to Ohio State to get another Big Ten win and get over .500. We just need to look past this.”
On whether the last shot of regulation went as he planned:
“No, I’m very, very highly upset with myself about that, I should have gotten the ball on the rim and should have at least gotten a chance. That’s going to haunt me for a while, we had a second chance with the rebound but it didn’t fall.”
Coach Bo Ryan
On the end of the second half:
“Minnesota cut the deficit. We were trying to get to the free throw line and some open shots, but (Minnesota) steeped up their defense. Stopping them on that last shot was key. Once we were able to get the lead, we got to the line.”
On Wisconsin’s problems late in regulation:
“We just didn’t get points on eight or nine possessions, but our guys did not let that bother them on the defensive end. You have to admit Minnesota hit some deep threes to cut the deficit.”
On explaining good road shooting versus home shooting:
“We are the same people. We drink the same milk as we do at home. We still think we can always get the next one no matter what.”
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