Opening Comments -
That was one of those ugly wins that we like to have. I guess if you play
ugly and score 81 you have to feel good about yourself. I thought the last
five minutes of the first half that FSU was a lot more aggressive than we
were and I think that keyed their run.
In the second half, I thought we moved the ball and shared it well and got
some good shots. We hit some good shots so you have to give Florida State
credit. Melvin, Marvin and David Noel coming off the bench and playing the
way they did was very important to us. We did force 22 turnovers, so
some things worked out good for us and some things didn't. I like the fact that
we won and it wasn't pretty. I'll take it.
On last season's FSU comeback -
My flashback was over with after my halftime talk. I thought about it at the
airport and remembered how I felt. Once the game started, I was coaching
every possession and wasn't thinking about what happened last season.
On deciding against calling a timeout once FSU trimmed the lead to one -
That's the reason we practice all the time. We practice those scenarios. We
always joke, but I think there's merit to thinking “You got us into this
mess so you get us out of it”. They made four straight threes. I like to
call timeouts when something can be said other than “Woe is me”. I'm not
going to call a timeout because the crowd's cheering. I think that is good.
We have to learn to play in these situations and we have to learn how to get
out of holes.
I was disappointed with our aggressiveness and intelligence. There are
things that we talk about all the time in practice that we shouldn't do and
we were doing some of those things. In college basketball there is little
difference between winning and losing. I think the biggest thing is poise
and we showed that today.