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“As happy as we may have been in Blacksburg the other night, we’re disappointed right now. It was a total breakdown of what we like to think we practice every day. We didn’t guard people off the bounce. We didn’t rebound the basketball, didn’t keep them off the offensive boards, didn’t stop them from penetrating the ball to the basket. When we did get open shots, we didn’t make them. It was a very, very disappointing afternoon.
“Congratulations to Miami, I thought they held their poise. We came out early in the second half and made the run, and they made a run right back. We contributed to that with three turnovers out of four possessions. That’s not the way we want to play, but I thought Hite, Diaz and Anthony (Harris), I thought all three of those guys were sensational. They made shots - but they always make shots. It’s nothing unusual. We didn’t make some shots that I thought we had. It was just a bad day. I’m not going to buy this stuff about “it’s a young team.” We’ve played 12 games before today, this was the thirteenth game; we shouldn’t have those kinds of breakdowns. We shouldn’t be that way mentally. It’s just a bad afternoon: bad coaching, bad playing, bad shooting, bad rebounding, bad defending. Again, congratulations to Frank and his staff. I like his club. I think those three guys on the perimeter are about athletic and powerful as you can be from the perimeter. They can shoot, they can all dribble it, they aren’t one-dimensional. They are able to do so many different things it makes it difficult to defend them, and we didn’t do a good job with that. It’s not a good afternoon.”
On the rebounding problems
“I think it was everything. I don’t think we boxed out. I don’t think we had five guys rebounding on the defensive board. We’ve preached that all year long. We’ve been one of the best rebounding teams in the league, if not the best rebounding margin team, I think, in the league. Today we didn’t have five guys going after the basketball.”
On getting away from Hansbrough after his strong beginning to the second half
“We turned it over. We tried to throw it to him, but we turned it over. It was hard passes, and then they started crowding him a little bit, too. He did have a good run, and we didn’t get the basketball to him enough. But you have to move. I’m over there screaming my head off one time, it happened to be Reyshawn at that time, “Move! Move! Move!” We made four passes and he’s still standing in the same spot, and that’s not to pick on Reyshawn. It’s easier to defend a guy when the other four guys are standing there stationary where they can run in there and make it difficult. But we did try to get it to him; if you go back and look at the turnovers during crunch time, we had three straight turnovers trying to get him the basketball.”