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“Needless to say, that was not what we hoped to have. Congratulate Santa Clara. The best team won. The best coach…his team won. I mean that sincerely. He’s done a much better job this preseason with his team than I have with mine. It’s a crappy job by me. This is my 17th year as a head coach. Two times previously we lost the first game of the year and both times we went to the Final Four. I realize this is just one game and it’s a long season. I’ve got to go out here and do a better job and our kids have to be tougher. Santa Clara hurt us with their defensive play. They were very good defensively. We are extremely disappointed. There is no question about that. You can say I’m ticked off. That is what I am. I am ticked off at myself – not the kids.”
On the play of Travis Niesen:
“He’s a tough competitive rascal. He’s the kind of kid you don’t like to play against, but he’s the kind of kid you would love to have on your team. To me, that’s about as good a compliment you can give somebody.
On Raymond Felton being out:
“I am sure it hurt us. He is one of the best point guards in the country. His speed, quickness and his ability in the full court game is one of the things that e do thrive on. But he didn’t play today and I feel like we’ve got to play much better. I would have loved to have Raymond. He’s the kind of guy that does make me a better coach, but we got outplayed and out-coached. We’ve talked a big game about being together – the chemistry of our team – but we’ll find out. I don’t think talking does anything. You got to find out about how much these guys will stay together. I don’t think we showed the toughness out there today that I would like to see when things weren’t going well. Santa Clara beat North Carolina. It wasn’t one guy that did anything. It was the team and I think that was the most important thing for them. They are a feisty bunch and Dick Davey is as competitive as you can be.”