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On fans selling tickets to opposing team fans:
“It’s frustrating, it’s disappointing. Do you think ESPN likes Fox to be successful? You think Nike likes Under Armour to be successful? I mean, I’m competing out there. I don’t like our fans to help the other team by either giving or selling their tickets. That’s disappointing. And to do it right beside our families, you know, that’s the biggest thing. And then to have somebody that’s just negative, negative, negative right within five feet of an assistant coach’s wife for two nights.
“You know you get tired of that. But it’s something that’s always bothered me. It will always bother me. A hundred years ago I’m watching in Lawrence, Kansas, and North Carolina’s playing North Carolina State and there were five million red shirts in the crowd. And if I’d had a BB gun, five million red shirts would have had a burned rear end. Because I just don’t like those kinds of things. I mean, seriously. You guys like it when all the Internet people beat you on a story? I mean, that’s what it is. It’s competition.
“And if you were my friend, you are not going to help the competition. [Buzzer sounding] Must be a State fan. Or a UNLV [fan]. Or maybe it’s a Ram’s Club member. Steve [Kirschner’s] over here saying, ‘Stop, stop, stop,’ But guys, I’m serious. I’m in Lawrence, Kansas, watching that game and there were 5,000 red shirts in this arena. That bothers me. And it should bother you. Seriously, you think about it. The Internet people – you guys enjoy them? Be honest. You don’t enjoy that stuff. Nike does not like Under Armour. Nationwide does not like State Farm. Coca-Cola does not like Pepsi. It’s competition. So if you are my friend, then be my friend.”
What did you see that bothered you on Saturday?
“A lack of intensity, probably more than anything. I was just dumbfounded by that. But it’s what it is; it’s over with now. But we didn’t rebound it well and we didn’t defend well. It was just one of those major breakdowns that normally doesn’t happen very often, and I’m sure glad it doesn’t, but then saying it like that doesn’t give UNLV credit. They did some nice things and it was a great, great environment.”
Does this look like a typical Wisconsin team?
“They’re really something. You watch them on tape and they are really something. They’re shooting 47 percent as a team from the 3-point line. They have one guy who is shooting 71 percent from the 3-point line. They’re outrebounding people by 14 rebounds a game. They’re holding people to 39 points a game and people can say, ‘Well, they haven’t played that tough of a schedule,’ but still, it’s hard to hold people to 39 points a game after six games. They’re holding people to 30 percent field goal percentage, so they’re really impressive. They have five guys that can score, five guys who can shoot the 3-point shoot.”
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What’s the mood of the team after the loss?
“I would say the mood of our team right now is very focused. We realize the things that we have to get better at from the last game. We’re just focusing on improving that and ultimately getting ready for our next game.”
When did you first meet Jordan Taylor?
“The first time I remember meeting his was this past summer at a Chris Paul camp. He’s a great kid, fun to be around. When I first met him, my first thought was to hate him being that we play the same position and people are going to compare us. He’s a great player, but once I got to know him off the court, he’s very cool to be around and I admire how much he’s gotten better over the years and done things the right way.”
On the pace of play:
“It’s going to be different. But I think a lot of teams are going to want to slow us down this year. And Wisconsin, with the way they play, they do a great job shooting the ball, so we’re going to have to get out and contest their shooters and just try to get stops.”
How do defend the 3-ball better against Wisconsin?
“We have to contain the ball. If we contain the ball, we won’t have to help out as far, as well as just being aware of their personnel. Wisconsin has – everybody on the court can shoot the ball, so it won’t be hard to identify the shooters.”