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Opening remarks -
“It was a nice night. There were two things in the second half that I was really pleased with. In the first half we had 10 turnovers and 12 assists, in the second half it was 13 [assists] and four [turnovers] and that is the way we would like to play. We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball. We you look and see that you’re shooting over 60 percent for the game that means you are passing it well and taking good shots. In the first half, 24 percent of the time we lost it, so we had to make sure we did a better job on that. It was, in some way, a difficult game with the team in exams. Some of the guys have been off. We have been practicing sort of controlled and sort of cut short, but this is what you have during exam period.
“I was pleased that Tyler [Hansbrough] goes 9-for-11 because everybody seemed to worry. I don’t worry about Tyler, I can tell you. That is the least thing I am going to have to worry about. I was pleased that we were able to get the ball to him. Again, the 25 assists is something that I like to see, especially 25 assists on 35 baskets. It was a nice night. High Point did a good job early in the game controlling the tempo and at certain parts still controlled the tempo. I was disappointed in our defensive play but the only way we could speed them up was when we went to our scrambles. We did a little bit better job and at one timeout I told them that if we didn’t get a stop we were going to run a 55. And I though about running it on the court tonight. They did a great job and stopped them that possession, that is why they were so happy around the 3:00 mark.
“Other than that, Arizona Reed is a really good player. He is very active and does some good things for them. Mike Jefferson, I think he did some good things for him as well. They have a nice ball club, but again there were a lot of things with exams going on that made it difficult for my team, but I think we focused pretty well and I am happy to come out of here with a win.”
On the post-game ceremony -
“It was hard to watch the video. I made a point to never say one word to the team about 500 wins. They don’t have their heads in the sand so they knew about it, but I never mentioned it to the team. I was surprised. I didn’t know anything about the video. The only ceremony we had at Kansas was for the 400th win and Nick [Collison] and Kirk [Hinrich] and the team presented me with the game ball that night. That was special to have Paul Pierce, Nick Collison, Rashad McCants, Marvin Williams and those guys up there on the video. That is a video I will have for a long time. And then with Bob Frederick here that was extremely important to me. If you sit back and think, Coach Smith and Buddy Baldwin were my mentors, there’s no question. My mother was my hero. But Bob Frederick is the person that gave me a chance. Even though Coach Smith was pushing him as hard as he could possibly push, and Dick Harp was pushing about as hard as he could push, it was still Bob Frederick that had to make the decision. And it wasn’t a decision about a sport that didn’t have a lot of tradition and history and appreciation. He took a tremendous chance and gave me that opportunity. That is something that I always have been proud and thankful that he did give me that opportunity. That is something that I will remember for the rest of my life. I have been extremely lucky and that has been the biggest thing. I have been extremely lucky to have the kind of players that I have had and the character that they have had is extremely important to me. And I have a wife who has been extremely important and supportive in her way too.”
On Hansbrough’s outside shooting -
“It is one of the things that we talked about in our spring individual meetings to develop a little more of a facing jump shot because he is so difficult to guard inside. He hasn’t had that many opportunities to shoot it this year, but he is really a good shooter. As times goes along I think he will shoot more of those and I think he will make them too. I think people are still running two and three guys at him, which is somewhat hard to understand because the other guys are so effective offensively as well. We just have to get Tyler to do a better job of passing out of the triple team and doing it a little more quickly.”
On Bobby Frasor not playing -
“Again it is not just a sore spot on his foot, he can’t run. His tail is not really very comfortable for him right now. He hasn’t done more than two possessions in a row in any of our practices this week. It is hard to play a guy in a game who hasn’t participated in more than two possessions in a row in any practice. Until Thursday he did none. Thursday was the first time he had any live action at all.”