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“People always ask me…Marvin hasn’t improved, he’s the same player he was when he came in. I think he’s just more comfortable. Sometimes I think it takes freshmen a little more time to realize it, but he has the freedom to do whatever he wants – he’s that talented and that good. I just try to tell him, ‘Just use your skills. God blessed you with a lot of skills. You’re able to play inside or outside. You bring a lot of passion and fire to the game.’
“I did a good job of taking what my teammates could give me, getting the ball in position to score. With me, Eric and Shelden Williams, we’re probably the top three big men in the…you could probably throw Marvin and Jawad in there from this team. Shelden’s numbers are going to show that he’s the best big man in the conference; he just didn’t have a good game. We tried to attack him tonight. It’s a great friendship and a great battle.”
“It’s a fun place to play. Their crowd is definitely in it from beginning to end. You have to take that in consideration and come in with a lot of poise. It will be even more fun when we get a win. We definitely wanted to come in here and get a victory, but this time we didn’t. So, better luck next time, I guess.
On the game’s final play:
“Raymond turned, passed me the ball, and as I was trying to work [the ball] through, I lost the ball and they called it out on me. The clock said ‘zero,’ and that was it.”
On the game’s final play:
“…at that time I didn’t have anybody to pass the ball to. David Noel came up and I passed it to him and he tried to make a pass into the post and time ran out.
“The pressure really didn’t bother us. I’m mature enough to take the pressure. Playing against these guys the last three years, I understand how they pressure the ball. It didn’t really bother me.
“You have to play through [fouls] anywhere, no matter what. Sometimes some calls are not going to be made. I’m not knocking the referees; they called a great game tonight. It’s a physical game out there. We made some hard fouls that weren’t called.”
“…and we still had a chance to win. We had numerous chances to win.
After J.J. Redick shot the air ball, did you think you were going to win the game?
“I had looked up at the clock before he airballed, but I had forgotten that we were down by one. At that point I just thought Raymond would take it all the way down, get fouled, shoot two free throws and we would get on out of here. But, we didn’t get a shot up, no one got fouled and we lost.
“We stopped our own transition game.”
“I am very angry at myself. I think I was overly nervous about the game. Players shouldn’t be nervous, but I’m human. I think everybody on this team was nervous, especially the first five minutes. We’ve just got to show up and play.”