Nov. 1, 2012
Minnesota 81, Minnesota State 56 (exh.)
Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith
On the game:
"We appreciate Minnesota State. They came in and I thought they played extremely well. Obviously they've got a lot of new faces, and Matt Margenthaler does a good a job. I know they've been coming off a tough season but they looked like they were going to be okay this year. I thought that overall we did some good things and it was a good to see Mo Walker played the way he played tonight we haven't seen him play like that in two years and he was really and giddy and excited to be out there. Trevor (Mbakwe) looked good and it's good to have him back especially with both of them coming off their knee surgeries and recoveries. I thought Joe Coleman was just outstanding. He played so hard and (he and) Austin (Hollins) both I think had really good night. We did some good things and there are some things we need to improve on, like taking care of the ball, rebounding and getting to the free throw line and I thought tonight we really didn't do those things well. "
On his choice of timing for when he put Mbakwe and Walker in the game:
"Just based on how the other guys were playing. We're going to try and get them in there as much as possible and see how they would look, and how they would respond. I wanted that first unit to get some quality time and they went for a good seven minutes.
Guard Joe Coleman
On if maintaining intensity was emphasized:
“Yeah, definitely. We definitely had some games last year where we were up and ended up losing the lead or letting it get close. I feel like we just have to keep the pedal to the metal and just keep playing like it is the beginning of the game. If you start letting up it is going to create bad habits and you don’t want that.”
On how he would rate the team’s overall performance tonight:
“I would say it was pretty good. We have some things to work on like offensive rebounding, defensive rebounding, turnovers, and I’d say being more aggressive. Not too many of us got to the line as much as we probably wanted or as much as coach Smith wanted so I would say we have got to work on that.”
On the difference for him this year compared to last year:
“I would say this year that I’m definitely more comfortable and more what coach Smith wants out of me. That is what is best for the team, so I just try to push that. I may handle the ball more this year, so that’s something I have been working on. Coming off ball screens is something we have been working on and it was pretty successful tonight.”
Forward Trevor Mbakwe
Forward Rodney Williams Jr.
Minnesota State Head Coach Matt Margenthaler
“We gave up 74-percent shooting in the first half and we shoot 22-percent. I thought we got some good shots. I think we have a very good basketball team. For Division II, in our league, we are going to be just fine. I really like our team a lot going into the league. This is a positive for us. We have 10-deep that can play at our level.”