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Opening remarks -
Bojangles is going to be fired up tomorrow morning. In some ways that makes you cringe because of that because you feel for the other guy, but at the same time it’s part of college athletics. I love the enthusiasm. If it takes biscuits to make everybody stay in their seats until the very end I guess that’s OK. It does make you worry about what the guys on the other bench are feeling at that point when everybody’s excited, but you know it’s a tale of different stretches during the game. The first couple of minutes needless to say I was not pleased. Everything that we said in the scouting report they did, and our guys stood out there looking like they never heard anything about it whatsoever.
We came alive and really had a great stretch for eight or 10 minutes in the middle of the first half and the last two or three minutes a 6-2 guy lays it up and Brandan [Wright] stands there and looks at him. A 6-2 guy lays it up and Tyler [Hansbrough] standing there a foot away looking at him. At halftime we talked about that because that was the last four or five minutes of the first half. We came out in the second half, and they made a bunch of shots early again in the second half, but the second half I felt we were really into it. I’m really surprised that [Penn] only had six turnovers in the second half because I thought we were flying around everywhere and either getting turnovers or getting hands on the ball and deflecting it and sometimes we did come up with it.
Needless to say it’s good to have Bobby [Frasor] back and good to have Quentin [Thomas] back especially at a time where Ty [Lawson]’s wrist is a little painful, a little sore. [Ty Lawson]’s done an absolutely marvelous job during the stretch when those guys are out. That kind of stretch for a freshman point guard is about as good as you’ve seen with that little experience coming right out of the gate like that. We shoot 61 percent in the second half, and they shoot 33 because we were more alert, but we’re bigger, we’re taller, we’re more gifted, but I feel like our attention to everything other than the first three or four minutes of the first half and the last three or four minutes of the first half.
On Reyshawn Terry’s improvement during the game -
I told him because I chewed his rear end out pretty good, and he deserved it. It wasn’t me over there being blind to what was going on. He was more active passing the ball, defending, rebounding, sprinting back that time on the break a guy had a significant lead on him he sprinted back and the guy missed the lay up. Reyshawn Terry is a guy that I’m going to go down as saying that I’m in a lot ways about as proud of him as anybody I’ve ever coached. To be able to fight through things not going as well and then to still do the kind of things he did tonight was really good.
On when the decision was made for Bobby Frasor to play -
Well 90 percent of it yesterday, but I wanted to wait and talk to his mom and dad and him again at shoot around. Quentin [Thomas] was more at shoot around today than it was yesterday. Both of them had gone in certain two or three possessions out of every 10-minute period during practice in the last couple of days, and they’ve had no pain, no problem with it. Bobby [Frasor] and I’ve talked a lot this week. Quentin [Thomas] was again a little bit more a decision today at shoot around, and he felt like he could go so I said let’s try it.