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Opening remarks -
"I think the backboards were a huge plus for us. Going into the game at State, we were the No. 1 team in the league and they were last, and they out-rebounded us by eight and were quicker to every ball. Tonight, I thought we rebounded the ball much, much better. Over there, we wanted to get the basketball inside and see if we could get them in foul trouble, and maybe get to their bench and we didn’t do it. Their big guys had a field day. Today, we played much better. Brandan [Wright] with 24 and Tyler [Hansbrough] with 20 – it’s something that was important to us. I thought in the first half Engin Atsur was sensational. We did a poor job of screening on the ball and so we changed and did a much better job of screening on the ball and defended it much better in the second half. I think that helped us that he wasn’t able to dribble off the screen and shoot the three as easily and make it to the basket. I also think that it helped us in the first half that Engin played 20 minutes and we played three different point guards and picked him up at the foul line on the other end and hoped that at the end of the game he would be a little leg weary.
"I feel great about the win. It’s something that is important to this team. I loved how much better we competed. Virginia Tech beat us and I thought we would be sensational that night. We didn’t have the attention to detail, we didn’t have the intensity, but I thought tonight we did. We just screwed it up and gave them so many open looks in the first half, and they made a bunch of them.
On limiting Ben McCauley’s touches -
"One thing, we did try to pressure them tonight. Last game, I told you we wanted to pressure them – the first possession they make six passes, throw it where they want and throw it into a guy for a layup. Tonight we tried to defend people and we wanted to the other time and we didn’t do it at all. One thing that they do, they do a good job, we wanted to get them off the block and not le them catch it really low. And if they did catch it, we wanted to try and stay down and not try to block the shot. If you’re the guy guarding him – try to make him shoot it over you and make it a more difficult shot. Brandon Costner still made a couple of those rainbow threes that really bothered us, but it was a good defensive effort – they shot 42 percent for the game and we shot 50. I do like the fact they were 11-to-17 assist-to-error, and we were a little fresher down the stretch.