Nov. 14, 2011
Minnesota (2-0) 71, South Dakota State (1-1) 55
Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith
“It was good to get the win tonight. I thought our guys came ready to play, but we were playing a tough, hard-nosed team and they always give us a tough game.
“Coach Nagy’s team is always well prepared. Nate Wolters schooled us pretty good, especially our young point guard Andre Hollins, he really had a tough time. So did Austin, nobody could guard him. They were taking us off the dribble…but I liked the way that our kids played”
On wearing teams down in the second half…
“That’s the goal. We feel we have a deep bench and the way you utilize it is you have to play people. You have to extend that defense, this is the best job we’ve done that so far.”
On bench players being more comfortable in the second half…
“I was pleased how they responded with different lineups. You want those guys to come in and give you all they have.”
South Dakota State Coach Scott Nagy
“Mostly disappointed, I know the players are. The second half was not the problem it was the first half. If you going to be a championship team which we want to be you can’t turn over the ball like we did. That is usually a strength of ours and I don’t know why it wasn’t tonight.
“We didn’t handle the pressure well. I thought we had guys play nervous and you can’t come into a place like Minnesota and play nervous.”
On Minnesota’s 18-1 run…
“They came out with some pressure and we didn’t handle it well. We didn’t handle our bench well, we have 10 guys that can play and we only used eight. We are going to have people come after Nate (Wolters) and we are going to have to have people step up.”
On Rebounding Success…
“I don’t know what the key was to be honest, but when you’re up by 10 rebounds at half and you are down two points that is a problem. We should have been up 10 and no one should be happy about that. The only way (Minnesota) was scoring in the first half was off of our knuckleheaded turnovers and you just can’t do that.”