Minnesota-Indiana postgame quotes
Minnesota-Indiana Postgame Quotes
Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith
On the atmosphere in Williams Arena:
“The crowd was great. It was good to see Trent Tucker’s jersey get raised tonight. He is an ambassador of Golden Gopher Basketball and I enjoyed being part of the ceremony.”
On the game:
“We had a lot of deflections. However, we converted poorly from our defense to offense. Paul Carter stepped up and played well.
On Paul Carter:
“(Paul) works hard. He is extremely aggressive and a very responsible player. I am really pleased where he is at right now. He is really stepping up with guys sick. He has been able to play at the 3 spot and 4 spot when we need him to. He is learning the system and putting trust into it.”
On improved rebounding:
“We are doing some things better. For instance, the last two games, we have outrebounded our opponents. We are stealing better but there are some things we need to work on.”
On going to
“Going on the road, we need to take care of the ball. We need to play sound defense. We have been doing that so it shouldn’t be a problem. However, we will practice on limiting turnovers.”
Indiana head coach Tom Crean
"We've practiced seven on five, we expected them to turn it up. But we've still got to be able to take care of the basketball. They have a lot of talent, they have a lot of depth and we don't have a lot of depth out there; they knew that and there's really no excuse for us not handling the ball better."
On Minnesota's development since last game at Indiana...
"They're pretty much the same, they're good. They're definitely good, they'll continue to get better. Paul Carter had one of his better games, I would imagine. They're verysolid to be able to go that deep. I'm sure Tubby has some extremely competitive practices when you've got that kind of talent on the floor. Devoe Joseph has gotten a lot better this year. Tubby has numerous guys that would be on the All-Freshman team I would think. Not to mention the steadiness of Al Nolen."
On coming close in games this season...
"I don't know, I guess I'm just tired of being close (to winning). Maybe it would be easier for me if we were getting blown out. I think we can win and I want the players to think they can win. We weren't nearly as physical as I wanted us to be. Keeping it in perspective, I'm having a hard time with that. I don't want to keep it in perspective. I expect more out of them and we just have to take care of the ball better, have to block out better, there's no question."
Minnesota F Paul Carter