Postgame Quotes

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Feb. 14, 2013

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Minnesota (18-7, 6-6 Big Ten) 58, No. 20 Wisconsin (17-8, 8-4 Big Ten) 53 (OT)
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.

Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith

Opening statement:

“It was a good win for us, certainly a needed victory. I thought our guys really showed a lot of guts and heart, especially when we struggled there but we made the run at halftime. I think that gave us some momentum, gave us some relief and gave us some energy, even though we didn’t shoot the ball very well the entire game, but we forced them into some tough shots as well. At the end we had a guy like Joe Coleman, who really stepped up. He drove the ball to the basket, got to the free throw line and hit some clutch free throws to send it into overtime where Andre Hollins made some great plays. It was a good team effort all the way around. Whenever you win or lose games, it’s the team, but we had some guys step up and do some good things. Austin (Hollins) carried us early and we took care of the ball better than we have all year long. That’s what’s going to be the key to our success going forward.”

On if some of the messages from his sit-down with Andre Hollins carried over:

“We knew, in this situation, that you’re not going to have many possessions. We gave them lots of possessions with our poor rebounding. They had 18 offensive rebounds. We talked about what we want in the offense. We want to simplify things. One of the things that we’ve been doing is having Dre run a lot of stuff, call a lot of different plays, and I just said, 'Lets narrow it down.' I wanted him to get out and run more because everybody focuses on him. He’s our leading scorer. He’s asked to do a lot, handle the ball, score for us, defend the opposing team’s quickest player usually. He’s really grown up and done some good things. So that’s what it was about.”

Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan

On not fouling Minnesota right away late in overtime with the Gophers up three:

“We wanted to foul at about 20 (seconds). There is time to be able to get the ball down (the court) and score. Work the other team on their out of bounds and see if they turn it over. A lot can happen in 20 seconds.”

On Traevon Jackson’s play late in the game:

“He really struggled. He could not complete the play. He tried to draw some contact. He just did not make good decisions finishing. I think he thought he could get to the rim.”

On the Badgers' play down the stretch:

“We just did not hit free throws and had a couple tough turnovers.”

Minnesota Players

Austin Hollins (Jr./G)

On the win:

“Oh it was huge. Wisconsin is a good team, but we came out played hard, played together, and this is definitely a confidence boost for us going forward.”

On what happened in the second half:

“We were not making any shots in the first half and we were playing just alright defense. We knew we had to come out and play a lot harder. We were playing with the intensity that we normally have in the second half.”

On the mindset in overtime:

“We had to be aggressive and stay focused. They are a good team and last time they came with a shot on us. So we knew we had to be aggressive, stay focused, and get down to them with the last possession.”

Rodney Williams (Sr./F)

On the win:

“That was a real big win for us. We were coming in on a losing streak and we needed something to pick us up. We have a lot of people down on us right now but we know what we are capable of and how good we can be and I think this win can put us back to how we were.”

On how his shoulder felt during the game:

“It held up pretty good. When I went up before a dunk and I got fouled pretty hard it got pretty swiped then but I just went out there and tried not to think about it too much.”

On moving forward:

“I think this gave us a lot of confidence. We lost to them at their place by one and you would want to lose a game by 100 (rather) than lose by one, and they are our rivals so we definitely needed some revenge.”