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“Congratulations to David [Leitao] and his staff. We wanted our defense to do some great things for us. They are averaging 17 turnovers per game and we forced them into 10. Their guards did a great job of handling the ball. We ran two traps at them and they threw them inside for dunks both times. That means their coaching staff did a better job of coaching them than I did coaching my team.
“Their guards dominated the game, controlling the tempo. It seemed like I’m looking down at the most amazing stat in the world--the stats say they had 10 offensive rebounds. I thought they had 10 offensive rebounds in a four-minute stretch. It seemed like every offensive rebound had turned into a basket. I thought Cain and Mikalauskas were huge for them inside, giving them other opportunities. One time we stopped them four straight times on the initial shot, but two of those times, they tapped them in and that’s when we were trying to make a run. To really make a run you have to be scoring and getting stops--we couldn’t get enough stops. Their guards not turning it over was huge.
“We expected them to play a lot of zone; they guarded us man-to-man and did a great job. A couple of possessions they went zone, but for the most part they were in man and guarded us well.
“You can hope and pray and turn your mouth a certain way, but the bottom line is that you have to put the ball in the basket.
“Our failure to convert on the offensive end of the floor was more important than what happened defensively. They only shot 37.9 percent. Usually that’s pretty good defensively if you can force some turnovers with that and get something on the other end. We need to make shots; we need to do all of the things--we need to box out and finish the defense. I thought their defense really dominated our offense.
“It didn’t make me feel like it was going to be a great night. First play of the game, remember that back door pass, that was not going to JR that pass was intended for Sean Singletary. They threw it away by eight feet. JR caught it and threw it back out and a guy made a three. There was one crucial point in the second half, they got an open shot and made the three, we came down made three passes, threw it inside and Tyler threw it back out and we missed the three. We have to make the shots. We have to have better spacing.”