Dec. 1, 2012
Men's Basketball Postgame Quotes
#21 Minnesota (8-1) 87, North Florida (3-5) 59
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
December 1, 2012
Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith
“Good afternoon. We were able to get a good win today. North Florida is a team that when they have a full complement of players, they’re going to be very talented. One of their player's father passed away and he wasn’t able to make the trip. Much like Andre Ingram, whose grandmother passed away so he wasn’t here for the game. I know they had an injury also, so those things really hurt you. But I thought we came out a little flat. I think some of it was just being back home after a long trip. I thought we responded the right away, picked up the intensity, picked up the pressure and did some good things.”
On what was the difference between the first and second half:
“Better ball pressure. You make shots, you’re going to be a little more aggressive. We shot 50 percent the second half. We made shots in the first half, but we missed a lot of easy shots around the basket. There were some of those in the second half, too. We have to finish, because those made a big difference. On defense, shutting down their three’s was a key to the game. Making them have to work for everything, especially Parker Smith. He is a very prolific three-point shooter. Disappointed in our three-point shooting, going 1-for-13. I’ll take our inside play the way we got the ball inside and finished inside, it was good.”
Minnesota Forward Rodney Williams
On gaining momentum after the slow start:
“It was definitely the second five that came in. They came out and gave us some more energy. The first five in the game started out real flat so we have to give a lot of credit to our second five and showed us what we needed to do to get the win.”
On whether he thought the zone defense by North Florida contributed to a flat start:
“No, it was just us. We weren’t doing anything out there. We were basically just out there for nothing, so I don’t think it was anything they were doing. I think it was just us being lazy.”
Minnesota Guard Austin Hollins
On the inconsistency with the team’s three-point shooting this season:
“I couldn’t tell you (what it is), we’re just missing shots. It isn’t anything that’s going wrong, they’re just not falling for us. Some games they are, so I’m not worried about them. I know that the guys will get back into the gym, including myself, and get shots up and try to come back strong next game.”
On if he was looking for his shot early:
“I was just trying to play within the offense. I got open a couple of times and I’m going to take the shot if I’m open, but I’m still going to look for my teammates at the same time.”
North Florida Head Coach Matthew Driscoll
“Minnesota is definitely the most physical team we have played all year. We have played Memphis, Kansas State, and Florida State. (Minnesota’s) physicality is very impressive. You've got to give Coach (Smith) a lot of credit for that. (Minnesota) plays as a team. Guys really like to share the sugar on this team. (Minnesota) had four guys in double figures and two guys with nine points. The balance of (Minnesota) will help get them through because they are not one injury away from a disaster.”
On North Florida’s team and what Minnesota did well:
“We have very good players, and we have guys that understand our schemes. When we play the way we are supposed to play, we are a very good team. I thought Minnesota did a good job getting us out of our rotations. They dictated the game, so that made it difficult.”
On Parker Smith’s strong shooting on the big stage:
“He has always done it. He has always been able to do these kinds of things and make plays. He just has to limit his turnovers.”
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